Interview with Happy/L.A. Hyder

Video (52:13): Anne Borow-Lawrence in conversation with fine art photographer and lesbian feminist Happy/L.A. Hyder (2023).

Happy/L.A. Hyder writes, ‘From my first real b&w film camera bought in 1969 through my latest images in the digital age, I work from a vision mentored by an earlier age of photography and now honed through years of looking through a lens.

I’ve done everything ‘by the seat of my pants’ from taking / developing / printing my work to learning how a gallery runs with the Vida Gallery Collective at the SF Women’s Building (mid 80s). I founded and directed LVA: Lesbians in the Visual Arts, an international organization, from 1990 to 2003, where I wrote personal essays for publication.

As a published writer, my visual work is published in a number of books, including: This Bridge Called My Back, writings by radical women of color (4th Ed), Anzaldua and Moraga, Editors, and in Lesbian Art in America, a contemporary history, by Harmony Hammond.’

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PROFILE / Linda “Happy” Hyder, Arts Activist / Lesbian photographer makes case for nonsexual gay art by Joshunda Sanders, Chronicle Staff Writer, (2002)