George Platt Lynes was a highly-regarded pre-war fashion photographer whose studies of male nudes were deemed too erotic for public exhibition at that time. Lynes was a pioneer in this genre, and his style influenced many recent photographers, including Mapplethorpe and Weber. Emphasizing those which have been least published, this book reproduces 80 of his most striking images, half of them nudes - male and female - and all drawn from an archive of 600 prints collected by Alfred Kinsey, founder of the Kinsey Institute. James Crump has contributed two essays, one about Lynes's role in the avant-garde and the other concerning the male erotic sub-culture of which his private world was a part.
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Lynes paid his bills with fashion and portrait photography but is best known today for the work he cared most about--his homoerotic male nudes, which were little known in the 1940s and 1950s when he did them. It's hard to imagine Robert Mapplethorpe's or Bruce Weber's similar work, for example, had it not been for Lynes' precedent. Toward the rather sad end of his life in 1955, a patron came to Lynes--sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, who was eager to collect erotic photography and very interested in Lynes' pictures. Eighty images from the Kinsey Institute collection appear here, some of them male nudes but also portraits and fashion and dance work. Lynes knew how to make a beautiful photograph (his dramatic lighting techniques are breathtaking), and he had a deep sensitivity to human beauty. This well-chosen selection, both gorgeous and explicit (although never as outrageous as Mapplethorpe at his most notorious), includes only two of the photographs in George Platt Lynes Photographs 1931-1955 (1982). Essays by Kinsey curator Crump on Lynes' place in the art world and on homoerotic culture provide needed context. Gretchen GarnerFrom Library Journal:
Lynes gained some fame in the Thirties as a surrealist-associated fashion and dance photograher and for a short time was chief photographer of the Vogue studios. He also produced a large number of nudes. Alfred Kinsey's purchases of hundreds of these negatives and prints supplied a large portion of Lynes's income in the early Fifties, when his commercial assignments dropped off and no market for male nudes existed. In two essays, Crump, curator of the Kinsey archives, does a fine job describing Lynes's professional and personal life and reevaluating the historical significance of Lynes's nudes, rightly claiming "Mapplethorpe's vision owes a great deal more to Lynes than heretofore recognized." Unfortunately, close to half the 80 beautiful, full-page reproductions are of his less-important commercial work, and the majority of nudes are in the more sanitized "sculptural" style, leaving the reader wanting more material to evaluate Lynes's relation to today's homoerotic photographers. Recommended for large, modern-photography collections. --Eric Bryant, "Library Journal"
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Descrizione libro Bulfinch Press, 1993. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0821219960
Descrizione libro Bulfinch Pr, 1993. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0821219960
Descrizione libro Bulfinch Pr 1993-10, 1993. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 1st. 0821219960. Codice libro della libreria 677629
Descrizione libro Bulfinch Press, 1993. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110821219960
Descrizione libro Boston: Little, Brown and Co. 1993, Boston, 1993. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine/New. George Platt Lynes Photos (illustratore). First Edition Stated. NEW! Gift Quality First Edition Stated hardcover copy, still in publisher's shrinkwrap. Photographs by Lynes collected by Alfred Kinsey and now housed at the institute bearing his name. Included are examples of Lynes' celebrated fashion and portrait work, as well as many examples of artistically posed male nudes. A Fn hardcover 1st Edition copy in a Fn DJ. (158 pp.) Contents (1 p.); Preface (2 pp.); Acknowledgements (1 p.); Introduction by Bruce Weber (1 p.); Portfolio 80 B/W duotone portraits and nude photographs; List of Plates (1 p.);Text by James Crump; Bibliography ( 2 pp). This copy is PRISTINE! Binding is strong and tight, pages are clean and bright. No remainder mark. DJ equally Fine, all still in shrinkwrap. No finer copy in shrinkwrap for this price! PL0047 Size: 11 1/4 x 10 Inches. Codice libro della libreria 9-610166
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 97808212199661.0