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Untitled (For Jimmy DeSana)
1987 (taken) 2000 (print)
9 7/8 x 5 7/8 ins (25.1 x 19.9 cm) (image)
Swann Galleries - New York
Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction, Oct 17, 2014, #2361, Lot 312)
Laurie Simmons met Jimmy DeSana on a New York subway heading to Far Rockaway in 1973. They struck up a deep friendship that lasted until DeSana's death in 1990. Upon hearing of DeSana's AIDS diagnosis, Simmons was inspired to create a 'funny and touching and significant tribute' to her friend. The "Walking Camera" series, a set of portraits depicting DeSana walking around and dancing inside of an elaborate camera costume, is the result of this inspiration.