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At Home with Themselves

Sage Sohier

June 17 – July 26, 2015

Sage Sohier, Herb and Dana, Quincy, MA, 1988
Sage Sohier, Doris & Debbie with Junyette, San Diego, 1987
Sage Sohier, Ron & Jose, Provincetown, MA, 1986
Sage Sohier, David and Eric, Boston, 1986
Sage Sohier, Gordon & Jim, with Gordon's mother Margot, San Diego, 1987
Sage Sohier, Bill & Ric, with Ric's Daughter Kate, San Francisco, 1987
Sage Sohier, Linda & Nancy, Key West, 1988
Sage Sohier, Marty & Rip, New Orleans, 1988
Sage Sohier, Shadow and Sky, San Francisco, 1987
Sage Sohier, Shadow, San Francisco, 2002
Sage Sohier, Brian and Hanns, Key West, 1988
Sage Sohier, Jean & Elaine, Sante Fe, 1988
Sage Sohier, Stephanie & Monica, Boston, 1987
Sage Sohier, Kathy & Lisa with Kylie, Berkeley, CA, 1987
Sage Sohier, Michael & David, Newburyport, MA, 1986
Sage Sohier, Lloyd & Joel, San Francisco, 1987
Sage Sohier, Lloyd & Joel, Stockbridge, MA, 2002
Sage Sohier, Trip & Alan, Key West, 1988
Sage Sohier, Andrew & Patrick, Fire Island, NY, 1988
Sage Sohier, Sue & Shelley, with 4 of Shelley's 5 Children, San Carlos, CA, 1988
Sage Sohier, Cindy & Barb's Wedding, Boston, 1986



Foley Gallery is very pleased to present Sage Sohier’s, At Home With Themselves, a series of domestic portraits of same-sex couples in 1980s America.

Next month’s Supreme Court ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges will determine the constitutional right and legality of same-sex unions, forever changing our political and social landscape. 30 years prior, photographer Sage Sohier began her groundbreaking project as a look into the predominantly private, yet prevalent domestic relationships of gay and lesbian couples.  

At Home With Themselves began in 1986 when the AIDS crisis was affecting countless lives across the country and same-sex relationships were still held as discreet. Sohier reflects, “I was interested in how as a culture, we weren’t used to looking at two men touching, and was struck by the visual novelty yet total ordinariness of these same-sex relationships.” Sohier was initially motivated by her father’s own discreet homosexual relationship and navigation of the gay community. It was her impassioned curiosity that led her to discover the world that her father was already beginning to explore.

In the 1980s, the project was so culturally edgy, it was impossible to find a publisher let alone a wide enough audience who would be willing to accept its truth. Nearly 30 years later, her work is especially poignant in the context of today’s world where the social acceptance of same-sex unions has changed. Sohier says, “Looking at these pictures now, I realize that it took a good deal more courage to stand up and be photographed as a same-sex couple in the 1980s than it does today, and I think the photographs somehow convey that. In some, there’s a tentativeness, in others a kind of not-to-be-taken-for-granted raw tenderness. People in my father’s generation had grown up feeling that being openly gay was just not an acceptable option. In my generation that began to change, and I was grateful to be witness to it”.

To request a press copy of At Home with Themselves, please contact the gallery.

Sage Sohier (b. 1954) has been photographing people in their environments for more than 30 years.  Her work is in several public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Portland Art Museum, and The Brooklyn Museum.  She received her B.A. from Harvard University.

At Home With Themselves will remain on view through July 26, 2015.  Foley Gallery is open Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 6pm.  To request images, please contact the gallery at 212.244.9081 or