Joseph Abbati on using Male Forms to Tackle the Censorship of Queer Contemporary Art on Social Media

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Joseph Abbati Bio

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I have been creating work in San Francisco since 1978.  In the 1980’s I started a menswear collection called Saxon.  In 1985 I was named Menswear Designer of the Year by San Francisco Magazine for their Golden Shears Awards.

In the 1990’s I turned my attention to digital arts and began working with photography.  I worked as an art director and designer during this period.

The 2000’s brought me into the marketing retail world where I worked as a Creative Director for three Fortune 500 companies.  My passion in photography, composition, and form translated well in the commercial sector.  Concurrently, I was working on more personal work through photography.

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In 2010 I left the corporate world and started my own business, D Quarters, to fuse my love of photography with decor.  I came across a new digital technique that allowed me to…

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