The Beach

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In the tradition of Robert Mapplethorpe and Tom Bianchi, Beach celebrates both the male nude and the pleasures of friendship on a summer's day.

David Morgan's remarkable photographs of the male figure have been appearing in New York City for over a decade-on posters and party invitations, prints and greeting cards, as well as in various magazines.

Now Morgan has brought his camera to the beach and focussed it on young men at play, gamboling ...

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Overview

In the tradition of Robert Mapplethorpe and Tom Bianchi, Beach celebrates both the male nude and the pleasures of friendship on a summer's day.

David Morgan's remarkable photographs of the male figure have been appearing in New York City for over a decade-on posters and party invitations, prints and greeting cards, as well as in various magazines.

Now Morgan has brought his camera to the beach and focussed it on young men at play, gamboling among the elements, enjoying the sun, sand and sea, while embodying Whitman's "dear love of comrades" with a panache that would have delighted old Walt. These pictures have a sunny sexuality and a sly humor, while exuding a simple joy at being alive and on the beach on a perfect summer day.

The companion story by Ernesto Mestre-Reed captures in remarkable language the lyricism and physical joy that irradiate Morgan's photographs, making Beach a contrapuntal celebration of the magic circle of male camaraderie.

Author Bio: Since 1975 David Morgan has been a commercial photographer in New York City where his images of the male figure soon made him famous, his images for the 2(x)ist underwear ad campaign were enormously successful. His photographs have appeared on calendars, greeting cards, and posters and in the book Basic Training: A Fundamental Guide to Fitness for Men (St. Martin's Press 1998).

Ernesto Mestre-Reed, the author of The Lazarus Rumba, lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780312283896
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/5/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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Since 1975 David Morgan has been a commercial photographer in New York City where his images of the male figure soon made him famous, his images for the 2(x)ist underwear ad campaign were enormously successful. His photographs have appeared on calendars, greeting cards, and posters and in the book Basic Training: A Fundamental Guide to Fitness for Men (St. Martin's Press 1998).

Ernesto Mestre-Reed, the author of The Lazarus Rumba, lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2003

    Fun at the beach

    Not so good. Just photos of young men (fairly handsome) running and playing games with each other on a beach. The photos are semi-erotic, but I've seen better. There are some men of color which is a plus and a strong homosexual theme. The prose spoils everything though, being that it's so silly. Buy something else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2002

    Pretty good

    A collection of cute & muscle bound men frolicking with each other on the beach. A pretty good book that's spoiled by some meaningless and superficial prose scattered throughout. The book has a very strong homoerotic theme running through it, so this book is not suitable for children or prudes to look at. But for the rest of us that aren't offended by nudity or homoerotcism, a nice collection. Not great, but nice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2000

    This is Art

    David Morgan has secured his reputation as one of America¿s finest photographers---certainly our finest photographer of the male body. His photographs for the earlier book Basic Training help explain why that bestseller flew out of the stores, and although an impressionistic tale by Ernesto Mestre-Reed weaves through these pictures, they exist for themselves. These young men¿s sleek muscled bodies are bountiful, but it is Morgan¿s art that makes them beautiful. The restraint of the black-and-white plus Morgan¿s concern for pure form and outline is classical, and teach how beefcake can be exalted into art.

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