Male Centerfold, 2012 by Pacifico Silano

Through his photo and video work, Pacifico Silano explores LGBTQ history and how it has shaped contemporary gay identity. By creating imagery with Al Parker, one of the most famous gay porn stars of the 1970s, Silano has created an unconventional series of portraits that memorialize and draw attention to a lost generation of gay men. “The process of making these new pictures and reworking images from the past has allowed me to catalogue and emphasize a neglected history, one that is imbued with my own fantasies of a place and time that I never lived through,” he says.

Silano is one of five exceptionally talented photographers included among our Second Edition 2012 Hot Shots. Learn more about the Hey, Hot Shot! photography competition.