" 'Queer' Johnny at the Camp"

Unknown American, American



Gelatin silver print

Image: 4 × 2 11/16 in. (10.2 × 6.8 cm)

Sheet: 4 9/16 × 3 1/4 in. (11.6 × 8.3 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Peter J. Cohen



Place Made: United States, North America


20th century

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Research Area


Not on view


Inscribed, on reverse, center, in brown ink: "Queer" Johnny At / The CAmp 1931; inscribed, on reverse, lower right, in graphite: W09770; stamped, on left side, in gray ink: 1490


In these three images the subjects are bedecked in frilly, oversized, and/or dramatic feminine clothing. From the woman in the bonnet, scarf, and cleavage-baring dress at a Gay Liberation march, to the drag performer in a ringlet wig and Little Bo-Peep dress performing at a nightclub, the heteronormative quality of these clothes is subverted by the outfits’ excess and the queer-context in which they are worn. In the middle photo a young man playfully covers his body with an oversized sunhat, giving the impression that he is otherwise nude. We do not know who took this photograph or where, but "‘Queer’ Johnny at the Camp" is written on the back of the image. While we do not know what type of camp this is, we can see this young man’s joy and exuberance.

From the 2022 exhibition Femme is Fierce: Femme Queer Gender Performance in Photography, curated by Alisa Swindell, Associate Curator of Photography

Exhibition History

Femme is Fierce: Femme Queer Gender Performance in Photography, Class of 1967 gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 1-December 17, 2022.


Peter J. Cohen, New York, New York; given to present collection, 2017.

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