Symbol for male gender (astrological symbol of planet Mars) appears after the title throughout the publication.
Consists of an essay originally published in Eros and photography, and photographs originally exhibited at the Lawson de Celle Gallery, San Francisco in August 1977.
"Hal Fischer's book Gay Semiotics: a photographic study of visual coding among homosexual men (1977) is one of the most important publications associated with California conceptual photography in the 1970s. The new edition of Fischer's book reproduces the look and feel of the original volume, which reconfigured into a book format the 24 text-embedded images of Fischer's 1977 photographic series, Gay Semiotics ... Gay Semiotics: a photographic study of visual coding among homosexual men also features Fischer's critical essay, which is marked by the same wry, anthropological tone found in the image/text configurations. Fischer's book circulated widely, finding a worldwide audience in both the gay and conceptual art communities"--Publisher's website.