PHOTOS: These vintage queer photos were risqué for their time

A gay couple embracing in bed Sébastien Lifshitz

French film auteur Sébastien Lifshitz has combed through vintage photos at garage sales and flea markets and eBay for more than 20 years, amassing a collection of old queer life. We have no idea who the people in his pictures are, but we have at least a little glimpse into a world that was, somehow, preserved.

Gazing through these photos introduces a new mystery: who took them, and why did such potentially risky images survive after leaving the photographer’s hands?

The photos were part of his book The Invisibles: Vintage Portraits of Love and PrideIt came out in 2014, but these photos share a timeless quality that’s worth revisiting any day.

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