ALLEN FRAME: FEVER
October 22, 2021 - Vince Aletti
Fever (Matte Editions, 2021) was selected by Vince Aletti as one of his top 10 Photobooks.
Frame’s color photographs of friends hanging out in New York and Brooklyn in 1981 inevitably recall Nan Goldin’s, but his perspective is brighter, less fraught, with darkness all but banished from these naturally lit scenes. Goldin makes a cameo appearance here, but she’s just one of a cast of artists, performers, and writers whose interactions evoke the spirit of this fragile, charged moment: a fever that broke long before the decade was done. —Vince Aletti