Man to Man: A History of Gay Photography


This is the first comprehensive study of homoeroticism and male homosexuality in the history of photography. Daguerre’s invention of photography was quickly adapted by men as a gay art form.

Pierre Borhan provides a fast-paced overview of the principal themes in 19th-century homoerotic photography.

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This is the first comprehensive study of homoeroticism and male homosexuality in the history of photography. Daguerre’s invention of photography was quickly adapted by men as a gay art form.

Pierre Borhan provides a fast-paced overview of the principal themes in 19th-century homoerotic photography.

Olivier Saillard surveys the homoerotic urge in fashion photography, from layouts in Vogue and other fashion magazines to the tongue-in-cheek advertising campaigns of Calvin Klein and other fashion icons.

Gilles Mora has sought out rare and unpublished prints by such seminal photographers as Horst, Mapplethorpe, and Herb Ritts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865651869
  • Publisher: Vendome Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.96 (w) x 12.22 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Pierre Borhan is author of many publications including monographs on Dorothea Lange and André Kertész published in Europe and America.

Olivier Saillard is the author and contributor to many books and reviews, including Vendome's Carried Away: All About Bags.

Gilles Mora is a co-founder and former editorial director of Cahier de Photo, France's most celebrated photographic journal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2007

    A Comprehensive, Intelligent, adn Elegant Photographic History

    MAN TO MAN: A HISTORY OF GAY PHOTOGRAPHY in the much awaited compendium that explores in depth the history of gay photography while providing an important sociological treatise illustrated by some of the finest reproductions of early daguerreotypes to the luminous black and white and full color artworks of today. Author Pierre Borhan sets the pace for the book in an enlightening Foreword 'Coming to Terms' in which he succinctly gives an overview of the chances taken, the fears, the bravery and the ultimate success of photographers who dared to document man to man relationships and subject matter since the inception of the art of photography. This is an immensely readable book as well as a rich collection of fine photographs from 1840 to the present. The book is divided into sections that not only represent periods of time but also the development of attitude toward male photography. The first section 1840 - 1918: THE SLOW EMERGENCE OF HOMOSEXUALITY IN PHOTOGRAPHY draws upon posed studio images of men as friends (re Walt Whitman) and proceeds into the trend of voyeurism (as in Wilhelm von Gloeden and Wilhelm von Pluschow's recreation of mythological scenes) that provided images to a closeted group of buyers. The second section 1918 - 1969: THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S CHOICE - SUPPRESSION OR EMANCIPATION sites the emergence of gay male photographers who moved from the format of athletes as models, through the now famous Athletic Model Guild, Bruce of Los Angeles, George Platt Lynes, and the many anonymous images of eroticism that became readily available. The final section 1969 - 2006: ART PHOTOGRAPHERS DECLARE THEIR HOMOSEXUALITY is especially fine in examining the importance of male nudes in the marketing industry, and the infamous works of Robert Mapplethorpe, Herb Ritts, John Dugdale, Jan Saudek, Pierre et Gilles, Nan Golden, Tom Bianchi, Duane Michals, Andreas Bitesnich among other preeminent artists whose images are now widely collected by museums and the general public. Borhan is assisted by Olivier Saillard and Gilles Mora in editing and researching this excellent book. If there are important omissions (where are the works of the new and important sensitive photographers such as Adam Raphael, Norm Yip, John Sonsini and Lyle Ashton Harris to name but a few?), there are more than a small number of photographers whose works will be new to the viewer. The quality of reproduction is top notch and the paper is the finest. On the cover is an image of Jean Marais, the lover of Jean Cocteau, whose face and body helped to bring serious attention to the subject of this excellent survey. Highly recommended. Grady Harp

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