The Beach

The Beach

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The Beach by David Morgan, Ernesto Mestre-Reed

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312283896
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/05/2001
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 7.94(w) x 10.18(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

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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The Beach 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.