Aug Sept 2016
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Where Is the Romance?
Photographer Braden Summers had an epiphany when his boyfriend asked him why he didn't shoot his signature romantic portraits of LGBT people.

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Paul Freeman
Small wonder that Freeman's top-notch male photography books sell out very quickly. His photography arouses and engages all the senses. Above: From Heroics 2

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Brian Moss
Brian Moss is allowed into the inner sanctum of muscle culture to capture images after the posing stops.

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Gerard H. Gaskin
Gaskin's photos in Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene let you linger in the glamorous explosion of the culture of house balls.

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Mauricio A. Rodriguez
Rodriguez has a fresh take on a classic technique, using multiple exposures that combine photos from his archives as well as found images that catch his eye.

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George Hurrell
Hurrell's photography created stars. A new book reveals lavish details about the lesbian, gay, and bisexual stars and artists of the golden age of Hollywood. Above: John Payne, 1939

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Jon Uriarte
Uriarte's simply presented concept reveals much about gender identity and roles.

Jon Uriarte's statement (in both English and Spanish) below:

"The men under the influence..." addresses the recent change in roles in heterosexual relationships from the relationships of our predecessors and how those changes have affected men in particular. the photos attempt to capture men's sense of loss reference, now that women have taken a step forward and have finally come into their own as equal partners. The project consists of full-length portraits of men wearing the clothes of their girlfriends or wives, taken in the space shared by the couple.

"The men under the influence..." incide en el reciente cambio de roles en las relaciones de pareja heterosexuales. Busca representar la sensación de pérdida de referencias por parte del hombre cuando se relaciona con mujeres que han dado un paso mas allá conquistando, por fin, un espacio propio y cómo ese triunfo por parte de ellas, crea una sensación de extravío en ellos. El proyecto se compone de retratos de hombres vestidos con la ropa de sus parejas, realizados en sus espacios compartidos.

Above: Steve & Fonlin

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Jamil Hellu
Hellu's series "Guardians of the Golden Gate" mingles cosplay, heroism, and self-expression in the City by the Bay.

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Jim French's Polaroids
Jim French, founder of Colt Studios, shows his early, unseen Polaroids that were part of the creative process in a fascinating book.

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Blake Little
Blake Little understands primal masculinity and captures it in his new book, Manifest.

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A reunion show of art and artists from a groundbreaking exhibit in 1974 explores the aesthetics of desire and sexuality through travesty and drag performance.

Katharina Sieverding
Transformer X A/B, 1973/74
C-Print, Acrylic, Steel (2 parts)
190x125 cm each
© The Artist, VG Bild-Kunst. Photo: Klaus Mettig, VG Bild-Kunst.
Courtesy Richard Saltoun Gallery.

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David Trullo
Trullo casts a wickedly humorous eye on the grand themes: religion, mythology, and fine art.

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Craig Seymour
Mixing journalism, photography, and pleasure, Seymour captures the joy of all-American male exhibitionism. Above: Chicago, 2009

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Sara Swaty
In Swaty's series 'In Between & Outside,' gender is represented as both a fluid, relaxed, and creative expression as well as a more tense and exploratory transition.

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Ashley Kolodner
Ashley Kolodner's series of pictures, 'GayFace,' is deceptively simple and straightforward. But start flipping though the images and you will see the contemporary LGBT world staring back at you.