Locker Room Nudes: Dieux de Stade: The Rugby Players of Stade Francais Paris and Their Guests

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This remarkable collection of candid nude photos of France’s national rugby team goes beneath the uniform to reveal what real jocks look like underneath it all. Each image taken by leading French photographer François Rousseau depicts the rugby player―alone or with teammates―undressing, lounging on the bench, showering. Locker Room Men is at once a celebration of athletes and the beauty of the male form as well as the fulfillment of the fantasy of going behind the scenes in a ...
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Overview

This remarkable collection of candid nude photos of France’s national rugby team goes beneath the uniform to reveal what real jocks look like underneath it all. Each image taken by leading French photographer François Rousseau depicts the rugby player―alone or with teammates―undressing, lounging on the bench, showering. Locker Room Men is at once a celebration of athletes and the beauty of the male form as well as the fulfillment of the fantasy of going behind the scenes in a winning team’s locker room.
Sure to appeal to both gay men and straight women, these photos are unusual because the men are not models. They don’t work out just to look good―and look good they do―their bodies are sculpted by winning victories on the field. They aren’t made up, shaved, or prettified in any way. These are some of the world’s best rugby players―brawny, tough, competitive.
Since 1999, the French national rugby team has posed nude or semi-nude for an annual calendar. The purpose behind the calendar was to get wider “exposure” for rugby and the team. In 2004, François Rousseau was selected as photographer, and he successfully brought out the sensual beauty and sexiness inherent in the rugby players’ rough and tumble exterior. The calendar became a cult hit, and thus the book was born so that even more of these unparalleled images could be savored.
Whether or not rugby will become more popular in this country remains to be seen, but this book will certainly raise the game’s profile…
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789313072
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 8/23/2005
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 806,876
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 13.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

François Rousseau was born in France in 1967. He spent ten years as an artist before beginning his photography career in 1995. Since then, his work has been commissioned by numerous magazines in Paris. He often incorporates athletes, musicians and artists in his photos and currently alternates between commercial fashion photography and art photography.
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  • Posted November 21, 2010

    superb. top quality. Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2005

    Behind the Scenes of Athletic Prowess: A Peek into the Inner Sanctum

    François Rousseau is a photographer with a mission: provide wider exposure for the French National Rugby Team. And this is one mission that is a certified success - on many levels. Though devised as PR gig, the manner in which Rousseau dealt with his assignment of showing the actual Rugby team in the raw in the locker room before and after games has become a recognized work of art with general appeal to just about everyone. First, and most interesting, these young rugged athletes are not posed nor are they studio stand-ins buffed up in a gym for a revealing book on nudity. These are briskly healthy, naturally developed bodies trained by a sport whose physical demands are great. What Rousseau has captured is the atmosphere of the locker room, both as a space and as a place where these young Adonis figures 'de-brief', relax, shower, and preen. Sure, the presence of the photographer in that situation with a known assignment brings out the vanity of these beautiful men and when their eyes are engaged, they seem to be thoroughly enjoying the chance to peacock! It is a fun book, a sensuous portfolio, and a pleasure for a very wide audience, no matter the original reason for buying it! Take a trip to the halcyon days of the Greek games with all the spirit and understated eroticism that infers. This is a fine book! Recommended. Grady Harp

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