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Craig Seymour's journey through male strip clubs could have a downbeat and depressing feel to it. Instead, he shows us the sweat, dollar bills, and butt cracks of young American men looking empowered and joyful.

Seymour is a Chicago-based writer-photographer. His photos have appeared in numerous national and international publications, including The Washington Post, France's Têtu Men, and Brazil's A Capa and Junior, among others. He has published many photo books of his work, including the book that the photos in this portfolio are sourced from: American Boys: A Strip Club Diary, which filmmaker John Waters called a “lovely smut collection.” In 2011 he was named an “emerging artist” by the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.

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