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Brotherhood of Bears

Alan Charlesworth

Friday, March 13 - 2:00PM to 2:45PM
Celestin A

Brotherhood of Bears is an intimate view into the subculture of the masculine and hirsute homosexual man. For 15 years Alan Charlesworth has been an insider within the Bear community, yet views himself as an outsider, as he is not the physical embodiment of a Bear man. His role as photographer embodies this ambivalent stance, as his interest in documenting Bears necessitates access to this community, as well as some measure of detachment. Brotherhood of Bears is an affirmation of Alan's inclusion in the Bear group through his ability to analyze, interpret, and understand these men and their sexual identities.


Alan Charlesworth
Alan Charlesworth

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