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Visions: Contemporary Male Photography Hardcover – Nov 1 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Verlag (Nov. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3861878704
  • ISBN-13: 978-3861878704
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #498,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa7c809fc) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7c9263c) out of 5 stars The Bruno Gmunder Vision Jan. 22 2007
By Foster Corbin - Published on Amazon.com
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In his preface to this quite amazing book Claus Kiessling says that this is the first anthology "coming from the house of Bruno Gmunder, a unique project uniting a variety of styles." David Leddick, well-known and respected for his several collections of male nude photography, also has written a short preface. There are well over 300 photographs included here by sixty-seven artists (in alphabetical order) from around the world-- Germany, the U. S., Canada, Spain, Russia, France, England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Lebanon and Thailand. Some of the photographers are well-known, having published books or been anthologized before-- Tom Bianchi, Kristen Bjorn, Seva Galkin (in a recent edition of "Blue" magazine), Christopher Makos, Joe Oppedisano, Jeff Palmer, Howard Roffman, James Spada, Steven Underwood, David Vance, Carlos Quiroz, Kingdome 19-- and probably others of whom I'm not familiar. The pages are not numbered and the artists are listed by residence, e-mail address and sometimes their date of birth. A few of the photographs are named in the photo index included at the end of the collection. What the editors have done admirably here is to let the photographs speak for themselves; and they do, loud and clear.

There is an embarrassment of riches here and certainly something for everyone regardless of your interest or fetish. The photographs are in color, in black and white, in focus, out of focus, sharp and grainy. Some of the men are shot in classic poses, other have props running the gamut from masks to ropes, leather, lingerie and designer underwear of course. There are skinheads, an amputee, and men of different races.

Some of my favorite photographs in no particular order are Kristen Bjorn's shot of two nude men standing overlooking Rio de Janiero (I believe), Christopher Makos' six beautiful head shots, Monopoly's erotic "Colt rehearsal," Bruce LaBruce's humorous set-- particularly "Black Sheep," Aaron Cobbett's stylized sailor shot, Jay Diers' "Ty 1" for the beautiful side lighting, Matthias Herrmann for the guts to do those outrageous self-portraits, Matthias Kort for the wonderfully lit "Uwe," Joan Crisol's work, Mark Lynch's "Paul-The Old Warehouse, 1999" for obvious reasons, and the first photograph by Kelly Mink for its great composition. Finally the four photos of Carlos Quiroz-- is he influenced by Edward Weston?-- "Nude LVI," "Nude LXXXI," "Nude LXXXVI" and "Horse" are original beyond description. At first, I was totally convinced I was seeing a rose in the second photograph!

Someone will have to work long and hard to publish a collection of male nude photography better than this beautifully reproduced and printed book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7c92840) out of 5 stars Visions: Contempoary Male Photography May 7 2007
By M. Anthony - Published on Amazon.com
The book has some great photographs all with a good quality for both the execution and the print. Still not up to the 5 stars of any of Paul Freemans books. Bondi Work, Bondi Classic etc but still very enjoyable and well worth the money.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7c92c0c) out of 5 stars A Bold and Beautiful Collection March 20 2007
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Bruno Gmünder Verlag Gmbh is a highly regarded publisher of photographic essays, taking more risks than most other production facilities in this country. This very impressive book surveys contemporary photographers whose works emphasize the male nude and contains sixty seven artists from the well known to the emerging and the result is a hefty volume of both black and white and full color images that offers as wide a spectrum of 'visions' as any book to date.

After a Foreword by the always readable and well-informed David Leddick, the book unfolds in sections based solely on the individual photographers fortunate enough to be included in this panorama. The pleasure of this particular book on the male nude is the variety: images range from the hilarious costumed fantasies, to the brutally erotic, to the quietly sensual, to the 'model look', to the beefcake stance. Included in the collection are the very well known photographers Tom Bianchi, Kristen Bjorn, Ed Freeman, Steven Underhill and Kingdom 19 and the works selected form their large repertoires are fine choices indeed.

But it is the pleasure of meeting new ideas from lesser-known photographers that is encouraging: David Vance, Joe Ziolkowski, Roger Nguyen, Troy Phillips are but a few. The artists are from around the world and for those of us familiar with the works of such photographers as Adam Raphael, Norm Yip, Eric Olson, and John Sonsini among others seem like a much-missed exclusion. But not every artist can be included in a volume even of this scope, and the book stands as a first class collection of the many ways the male nude can be celebrated. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, March 07
HASH(0xa7c9621c) out of 5 stars Many interpretations of and approaches to the male nude Oct. 30 2012
By C. Collins - Published on Amazon.com
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There are over 350 photographs by 67 photographers represented in this collection. The range is very broad, color, black and white, idealized perfect men and realistic average men, you name it and it is here. Photographer Marc Bessang's work in black and white employs models with a Middle Eastern and Latino origin. These men are beautiful but not perfect. They stare at the camera in a matter of fact way. Kurt R Brown's work displays his wide range, exemplified by black and white works where he is formalist and structuralist to color works that are narrative and patterned. Aaron Cobbett's color fantasies are constructed and arranged for maximum entertainment. Hans Fahrmeyer's sophisticated work with beautiful professional models is appealing and commercial. Thijs Van Gils is expressionistic with marks applied to the photographs, studies of muscles distorted and twisted, and odd narrative series where a nude prays to a small crucifix and then is seen nude with a half dressed young priest sitting on his bed. Fred Goudon's models are very appealing in balanced compositions of formal sensibilities and yet personal portraits. Matthias Herrmann is a wild man and I have seen his outstanding nude self portraits in several other anthologies. His body is his medium and his work evokes anxiety as well as eroticism. He is a pretty brilliant conceptual artist and the work stands out for its unique approach. Jean-Marc's approach is to use color saturation to make lush contemplative male nudes. Mark Lynch is a highly competent photographer, using handsome models contrasted against industrial ruins. Kelly Mink's work when viewed in series suggests informal narrative, as if you were watching a nude couple relax in their home. Many of the photographers who photograph their friends in spontaneous action are included and Mathias Trostdorf is one of the best. James Spada, Steven Underhill, and David Vance are perfectionists with perfect models. With a mix of informal spontaneous photographs of everyday nude friends all the way to highly composed formalistic perfect photographs of the world's most handsome professional models, the range in this collection is very broad.
HASH(0xa7ca9bd0) out of 5 stars Pretty sweet March 16 2007
By L. R. Leggett - Published on Amazon.com
The images are pretty sweet. My first male photography book. My friends and I enjoyed checkin' it out. It has quite a few different styles and techniques which my friends and I really liked. Since I'm into photography as well, it gave me some ideas of new ways to shoot.