As letterpress printer and book history enthusiast I am fascinated with drawing historical analogies between the birth of print technologies and the current rapid development of digital culture. In Migratory Queers…  I would like to challenge the unearned prestige of the author and the traditionally passive role of readers. In the long history of photography books there is an overabundance of studies of “the other”. As a queer artist working in the age of digital photography it is my responsibility to democratize queer cultural transmission.

Leopoldo Bloom’s

work in photography, film, and book arts are auto-ethnographic documents of a queer subculture that precedes the current American social landscape. His journey through queer identities, depicts a vernacular voice that exists on the margins of LGBT society. After writing and letterpress printing his first book How to Transition on 63 Cents a Day, his recent studio practice has him returning to his photographic roots. As an experimental filmmaker Bloom’s approach to the book medium is fixated on extenuating the time based cinematic origins of the book format. In his current work process The Migratory Patterns of North American Queers at the Turn of the Century, Leopoldo Bloom is creating a online and physical site where readers can reimagine authorship and the what can constitute modern day forms of “home movies”.  Leoploldo Bloom’s work has been exhibited nationally and is in several  collections such as Jaffe Collection at FAU, U.C. Santa Barbara  & Berkeley, and Duke University. His films have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Cinematheque, and the Pleasure Dome in Toronto.