Focuses on a cache of homoerotic, interracial male nudes and discusses the images in the context of primitivism's relationship to modernism, camp sensibility and theatricality, white privilege and exotic tourism, the vibrancy of underground gay culture during periods of political oppression, and the politics of spectatorship
I. Days in the Darkroom: Developing A Love Affair With Photography; II. Van Vechten and the Awakening of Black and Gay Harlem; III. Lure of the Primitive and Loss of Self; IV. Parallel Desires/Divergent Means; V. Van Vechten's Interracial "Pas de Deux"; VI. Inside Van Vechten's Camp; VII. The Scrapbooks; VIII. New Racial and Interracial Strategies in a Post-Van Vechten World; IX. Forever the "Intrepid Abolitionist"