Historic pride photos festivals in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, years 1987 to 1995.
Amateur photographer Alan Light attended Pride festivals in the 1980s and 90s. He had no idea his now historic Pride photos would chronicle queer life of the decade. Light, who has since retired and lives in Iowa City, attended many Pride festivals throughout his career. His Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago photographs have become iconic.
“It never occurred to me at the time that they would be looked at as history,” Light told Queerty. “Or that they could take one day I could share them easily and widely on something called the internet. I was just attracted to the rich photographic opportunities the events offered. I have always enjoyed photographing people, and my camera is attracted to the beautiful, mostly, and occasionally the bizarre.”
These days, Pride comes with A-list celebrities, major corporate sponsors, and enormous crowds. Light commented on the evolution of Pride, saying, “Pride seemed like a huge event then, but looking back, it is quaint compared to those of today.”
Take a trip through time and check out 34 of our favorite moments from Light’s collection.