Sage Sohier: At Home With Themselves

Jean & Elaine, Sante Fe, 1988 by Sage Sohier

Jean & Elaine, Sante Fe, 1988 by Sage Sohier

It feels like an appropriate time to reflect on how far societal views and legal rights have progressed for same-sex couples. Sage Sohier's photographic series "At Home With Themselves" captures quiet, intimate portraits of same-sex couples in their homes during the 1980's. In a time affected by the AIDS crisis, when couples were often more private about their same-sex relationships, Sohier traveled across the US interviewing and photographing a range of couples. A collection of these image is currently on exhibit at the Foley Gallery in New York City. In describing the work Sohier says, "Looking at these pictures now, I realize that it took a good deal more courage to stand up and be photographed as a same-sex couple in the 1980's than it does today, and I think the photographs somehow convey that. In some, there's a tentativeness, in others a kind of not-to-be-taken for granted raw tenderness." 

See more about the series and about Sohier on her website