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Showcasing a community of noted photographers who have explored and illuminated the homoerotic terrain of images of the male nude - captured with an eye toward wistful, dreamy romance - this collection brings together more than 100 strikingly sensual black and white and colour images.In recent years, what had before been regarded as counter-culture, taboo and even profane photos of beautiful nude men alone and together, has been transformed into a burgeoning art form of great aesthetic beauty, emotion and cultural relevance, appreciated by those both within the gay community and outside of it.As Michael Thomas Ford notes in his introduction, the power of a still photograph of a nude man exerts at once time-bound and timeless allure, imaginings, memories and emotions. 'These images unlock doors of the mind, allowing the light inside to flood out'.The photographs are divided into sections that bring to life to the themes, altogether, these photographs of "The Romantic Male Nude" cast a wondrous and exhilarating spell over our imaginations.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780810993716
ISBN-10: 0810993716
Format: Hardback
(267mm x 279mm x 20mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Publisher: Abrams
Publish Date: 7-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - James Spada

James Spada is author of best-selling biographies of Barbara Streisand, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, John and Caroline Kennedy, Princess Grace and others. His books have been serialized in Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, People, The London Sunday Express and other publications. He has been interviewed on all three morning network shows, CNN, Larry King and other national talk shows. Spada has also become widely known for his two published collections of male nudes, Black & White Men and Edwardian Men. Spada's photographs of nude men have been exhibited in Boston and Maine, USA.

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