Michael Stokes and the Raw Power of the Naked Male Body
By Christopher Harrity
Stokes reveals even more about why his all-American archetypes and classic icons are thrilling to behold. Read all about it below.
If you are looking for muzzy natural light photos of regular guys hanging around on the pull-out sofa bed, we do have those photos on Advocate.com, but you won’t find them in this gallery. Michael Stokes is interested in something more aspirational and aesthetic. The polished perfection of his studio and location work lifts the models up into a more symbolic and mythological context.
The upcoming book is as yet untitled, but that should not inhibit your enjoyment of the photos here. But you might note that Stokes’s books sell out fast. Of his six current books, two are sold out, and two more will probably sell out this spring. Here are those titles: Masculinity (2012), Bare Strength (2014), Always Loyal (2015), Exhibition (2015), Invictus (2016) and Adonis Blue (2016).