Louis LaSalle finally has his very own monograph! Not that people do not know he is one of the leading photographers of the male nude today: his work is included in anthologies such as Provocateur, Dreamboys, 2blue, deepblue, blueBOOKS, BAD, Manatomy, Provocateur Studio Men, Romantic, novel covers for writer James Lear books, Jewels, Cock Tales, Turnon: Muscles as well as 7 portfolios of individual works he has published and sold on his website. This full fledged Louis LaSalle solo work THE DAWN OF THE GODS is extraordinarily strong and stands with the best of them as a portfolio celebrating the perfect male physique - completely - in all its glory!
In LaSalle's words, `For me, photographing the male physique is a collaborative process. I have the good fortune to work with models who represent the aesthetic epitome of what the human body can become. They are artists in their own rights, who have through years of hard work and discipline turned their bodies into living sculpture. They are also performance artists who change on command into countless characters of our imaginations. I approach a photo session as a dialogue between myself and the model. We each bring our own unique contribution of creativity, knowledge and experience to the session. When we share and pool these skills, the dialogue is positive and good work naturally follows. When true rapport is established, then magic happens! When we attempt to describe visual experiences something is inevitably lost in the translation. Nevertheless, we are social animals and we love to talk about everything, including art. For fine art, I prefer black & white. I find there to be an almost lyrical quality in the play of light and shadow in black & white. Air can glow. Water can become glass or inky blackness. Textures can beg to be touched. But most of all, in our day-to-day world we are constantly bombarded with color and moving imagery. Black & white photography stands out like a candle in the darkness. It calls attention to itself by its simplicity. Somehow for me, emotion flows more freely from a black & white photo.'
This large scale book offers both the black and white imagery LaSalle addresses but there is so much beautifully saturated color in this volume that no matter the taste of the viewer - black and white versus color - there are ample examples of both way of capturing the staggering beauty of these perfectly sculpted males gods! Grady Harp, March 13