THE GREAT ST. MARTIN CHURCH

The Great Saint Martin Church is a Romanesque Catholic church in Cologne, Germany. Its foundations (circa 960 AD) rest on remnants of a Roman chapel, built on what was then an island in the Rhine. The church was later transformed into a Benedictine monastery. The current buildings, including a soaring crossing tower that is a landmark of Cologne’s Old Town, were erected between 1150-1250. The church was badly damaged in World War II; restoration work was completed in 1985.

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GOTTFRIED HELNWEIN

Gottfried Helnwein (b. 1948).

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ALVIN BALTROP

Alvin Baltrop (1948-2004).

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Baltrop captured the gay cruising spots and hookup culture that existed in New York City before the AIDS epidemic. Baltrop’s photographs not only captured human personalities, but also the aesthetics of the dilapidated piers. His life work is a snapshot of gay, African-American, and New York City history.