Disguised Ruins, 2015

“Disguised Ruins” is a digitally animated geo-spatial map and artist book that visualizes the opening and closing of every Los Angeles address that appears in Bob Damron’s “The Address Book”. 


Starting in 1965, Bob Damron singularly researched and visited every known gay space in every major US city and published the addresses in a discreet, wallet sized book.  Published yearly and sold by Bob Damron himself, the address book became the easiest and safest way for gay men to find welcoming spaces to meet at a time when their same sex desire was policed and criminalized.


Both the animation and book are currently in progress.

Visualization showing the number of gay spaces found in the Los Angeles section of Bob Damrons "The Address Book"

Animation excerpt from "Disguised Ruins"