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The Male Nude

Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.48 lb, 576 pages
US$ 20
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Explore the compositions, postures, and role-playing of the male nude genre from anonymous 19th century erotica through to contemporary work from David Hockney and Duane Michaels. Highlights include the Sicilian homoerotic scenes of Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden and illustrations from Physique Pictorial, the leading organ of the mid-50s gay scene.

The boys are back in town

A short history of male nude photography
While the female nude has long played a conspicuous role in western iconography, the male nude has not always enjoyed such attention, or acceptance. This ode to the male physique celebrates the evolving, at one time illicit, art form from anonymous 19th century erotica through to contemporary work from David Hockney and Duane Michaels.

Through the classic, the playful, and the provocative, it explores the compositions, postures, and role-playing of this often under-explored genre. Esteemed masters such as Herbert List, George Platt Lynes or Robert Mapplethorpe are all there, alongside Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden, famed for his homoerotic images of nude youths in classical postures in Sicily. Further highlights include illustrations from Physique Pictorial, the leading organ of the mid-50s gay scene and a pioneer in gay publishing.
The author

David Leddick has been an officer in the US army, a dancer with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and creative director of leading cosmetics brands. He has written and edited photographic books and has also been an advertising consultant. He divides his time between Paris, Miami Beach and Montevideo.

The Male Nude
Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.48 lb, 576 pages
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