Help Laura Rubin!

27220572_1579045054156629_r.jpegLaura Rubin 1966

 LAURA RUBIN, the photographer who photographed The Warhol Circle, continues to be  in terrible trouble right now, all alone with no support or income  and she needs our help.  She is suffering with acute Lupus and a heart condition. She has managed to raise her weight from a low of 93 pounds to  108  pounds because of our intervention  but is in desperate need of both medical and dental intervention.. Now  70, she finds herself seriously ill, unable to work,  isolated and living with the stress of being on the verge of being evicted from her apartment, every month. She lives  with  fear on a month to month basis. Return to USA is impossible both because of health condition and because there is no one and nothing here for her to return to even if the state of her health allowed for that. 

ANY AMOUNT HELPS! Laura needs help now! Her rent is due by the first of every month . So far we have not been able to raise enough money to pay for medical treatment, only for her most basic expenses. Like many pioneering artists, Laura does not qualify for Social Security. Laura has no  health insurance to treat her severe Lupus and other serious health problems. If you are familiar with Lupus, you know it is an auto immune condition that attacks a persons own cells and tissues and is a very painful.

Laura waited a long time to reach out to me until her situation was  desperate.
She has been living in Mexico for 15 years, moving their originally to caretaker her elderly parents.  She is completely alone. She had already donated her negatives to The Warhol Museum was distaster struck and thru their generousity we have the capacity to make high resolution scans.

We are trying to keep to keep a roof over her head, with money for food, utilities and basic medical help.  She lives in deep fear of losing her home. This is a critical situation for her survival and so she could stop feeling the terrible anxiety and start to relax she could heal and get  some of the desperate medical help she needs.

Long before many photographers brought dignity and yes, glamour to queer and transsexual artists, Laura facilitated their expression through her photography. She allowed them to express to the world who they knew themselves to be.

Proud and independent, Laura gave her negatives to the Andy Warhol Museum as a permanent gift, just before a flood devastated her master prints. With the aid and support of The Andy Warhol Museum, Laura has given me permission to print photos from high resolution scans of her negatives from her amazing archive held by The Warhol Museum as gifts and rewards for the help you give. 

Thank you for your patience. The prints have been made and sent to many donors. Printed by a reputable photographic printer on archival paper with a lot of attention to detail by my long time collaborator Steve Zehentner who is doing all this work, as I am, pro bono. These are not dashed off at Kinkos but are beautiful works of art that you will treasure.

Laura is desperate for medicine, doctor visits etc

You can get a high resolution prints of any of Laura's photos listed below. These are very rare photos.

$150 includes domestic postage
$200 includes international postage

Candy Darling, Holly Woodlawn, Mario Montez, Francis Francine, Andrea “Whips” Feldman, Geraldine Smith, Tony Conrad and Beverly Grant, and myself, Penny Arcade. These are amazing photos that capture the spirit of the 1960's . I will be adding the other photos in my updates in the next days.

Laura has exhibited with the Warhol Museum, International Photography Center, The Museum of The City of NY, Guggenheim, etc. She has been featured in numerous publications; “After Dark Magazine, “Soho Weekly News”, “Gay Power” and many more. Her street photos are in the New York Jewish Historical Society’s permanent collection.

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  • Tristan Scott-Behrends 
    • $25 
    • 3 hrs
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 4 hrs
  • Danny Goldberg 
    • $50 
    • 9 hrs
  • Greg Holcomb 
    • $25 
    • 12 hrs
  • Leslie Paterra 
    • $30 
    • 1 d
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