Sexuality and desire are at the forefront of the work of Bryson Rand. Working on the legacy of the history of gay men and queer people, his photographs are testimonies of the complex experiences of self-acceptance, repression, guilt, desire, shame, violence, love, and empowerment. His haunting images portray queer spaces such as night clubs and gatherings in private apartments in New York City and Los Angeles. Violence and intolerance are confronted with eroticism and an active gaze towards the beauty of nature and the male body. The power of photography to evoke memory and create community is also at the core of his project. “Just the act of making these pictures and showing something that tends to be ignored or hidden is a powerful political statement,” the artist declares. The corpus of his work expands the mark left by pioneer figures such as Peter Hujar, Diane Arbus, and David Wojnarowicz.