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''
Presents 80 photos selected from an archive of 600 prints collected by photographer Lynes's friend and patron Alfred Kinsey, founder of the Kinsey Institute of Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. The selection represents all the genres Lynes worked in, giving particular attention to the male nudes that many feel to be his finest work. An introduction (by Bruce Weber) and two essays (by James Crump) provide a framework for viewing and interpreting the photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)