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Fine Art Sex [Hardcover]

Tom Bianchi
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23 Jun 2011
Like no other photography, Bianchi is capable of captruing the spontaneous, rough energy that sex between men sets free. And his skills are well received: so far, all of his erotic photography books have become bestsellers. With Fine Art Sex, he aims the spotlight on the aesthetic side of impulsive sex yet again. Strength and tenderness, frenzy and intimacy - these are the poles between which his work expands. A fabulous book that will continue his series of success.

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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: BRUNO GMUNDER VERLAG (23 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3867871078
  • ISBN-13: 978-3867871075
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 21.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,128,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unabashed Sensualism 27 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover
Tom Bianchi is different form most photographers. While his many monographs of photography of the nude male have become best sellers it is not so much because of his studio techniques: in his early works, including his brilliant charcoal drawings, he proved that he can be a master of composition and formal symmetry. His latest books, especially in this book FINA ART SEX he dispenses with photo sessions with hired models and instead explores the myriad aspects of physicality of the human body in peak form enjoying the pleasures of touch, embrace, and passion. Yet his images, though raw in concept, maintain a sense of beauty, of freedom of exploration of desire, and a complete survey of the moment of desire to the completion of that response. The balance between intimacy, warrior like energy, and explosive forces of nature released make these private moments captured here on the richly colored pages of this book unique works of art.

Bianchi writes and always finds a way to enter information about where he has been and where his current state of expression in his work has brought him. There is a beautiful tribute to his lover not only in words but also in accompanying photographs. And he extends that degree of comfort to all of his subjects: 'I tell the men I shoot that I will look at them with the eyes of a man who is their lover.' He adds words to the sections of his book: Seeing/Being, Found Art, Time, Art Sex ('an intellectual response to what I celebrate is appreciated. A visceral response elevates the compliment'), Friend/Lovers, Resonate, Game On...these are but a few of the words that accompany his images that are produced by underwater photography as well as in his home photography.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Poor Effort 21 April 2012
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There was nothing fine art about this. For the images that weren't either desktop screen shots, of taken on an iPhone I must say were very standard, and unimaginative. I'm starting a homoerotic photography project and bought this book under the hopes of getting inspired but it. The front cover looks great, but as that age old saying goes - never judge a book by its cover. After flicking through the drab mindless unvaried selection of images I felt like I wanted to return the book. It wasn't expensive, and I'm glad because I feel like from the small amount I spent I have been conned.

No doubt the creator of this catalogue of paper sewage would argue "what is art?" and its a fair argument, but I think it's pretty brazen for someone to make this book with bare minimal effort and imagination and call it "Fine Art".

I would be lying if I said I wasn't inspired by this, because I have been. No matter how bad I think my photography is I can find comfort in the fact this crap is making money.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I Am Somewhat Disgruntled 22 Oct 2011
By Felixpath - Published on Amazon.com
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I just got Fine Art Sex, and maybe it will grow on me, but my initial reaction is that this is not Tom Bianchi's finest work...not by a long shot.

I'm a fan of Bianchi. I love that his erotic photography is so unscripted, that he just lets his models enjoy themselves on camera. It's so much sexier when the handsome male subjects are having actual fun, rather than standing stiffly around with blank sneers. I recognize what Bianchi has done for the field of gay photography and gay culture in general. That said, Fine Art Sex feels a tad too experimental and more than a tad pretentious.

There's certainly no shortage of beautiful men on display, beginning with the cover model, who stands bathed in sensual lighting as water laps at his thighs. Nice tease! However, the book begins with a lot of words rather than images as Bianchi describes his moods, his style, his philosophies, his background, and how the "beauty of this reality stops time in my mind." Weird...he's starting to sound like he should be wearing a beret and a black turtleneck. I've always gotten the sense that his art defies "artness," that its power and eroticism likes in its up-close, personal portrayal of its models, without any murky "symbolism" or "technique." Surely it needs no analysis. And the first batches of photos in the book are kind of uninspired. The biggest misfire is a series of screenshots taken via iPhone and Skype. Look, I'm aware that the digital world is a huge factor in modern-day erotica, especially for budding amateurs. But Bianchi is no amateur, and when I buy a book of his, I would prefer to see quality photography, not grainy, blurry, oversaturated screencaps. I don't think a book entitled "Fine Art Sex" is a place for experimenting or being ironic.

Luckily, the second half of the book sizzles as Bianchi dives into some extremely streamy underwater photography, followed by more of his trademark bedroom frolicking. I love underwater nudes and these do not disappoint. I also enjoy it when he shows us love amidst the sexual hijinks; my favorite photo in the book shows two men ("Dale and Bill"), one with an intricate tattoo, embracing in the nude. So gentle, such an undercurrent of desire, and Dale's posterior is worthy of Michelangelo with a big block of marble. That's the Bianchi I know! But even then, too many of the photos seem to be more about the technique than the men. We don't see their faces often enough; Bianchi seems to be practicing the same objectification he claims to avoid.

Some accuse Bianchi of self-indulgence. I hate to say it, but this book made me think they might be right. He describes his dream world of free-to-be gay men, and it's turning out to be a hyper-exclusive world, reserved for the beautiful...and, possibly, the easy lay. More and more, Bianchi inserts himself into his own compositions. His body, all vein and sinew, is good-looking for its age, but appears out of place next to the bronze smoothness of his models. If I were petty, I might accuse him of using his reputation as an excuse to romp about with younger men. I might also point out that rhapsodizing about one's true love sounds hypocritical when one often photographs oneself entangled in naked foursomes. It's quite possible I'm wrong about all this, but people will make these accusations, and Bianchi does not seem inclined to -- or capable of -- denying them.

So, in the end, Fine Art Nudes is a book with some satisfying photography and a lot of disappointing fiddling about. I have no problem with Bianchi experimenting, but to do so in a book that promises his usual straightforward, delightful erotica is to do his fans a disservice. I pray what he's really photographing is not his own ego.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unabashed Sensualism 24 Jun 2011
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Tom Bianchi is different form most photographers. While his many monographs of photography of the nude male have become best sellers it is not so much because of his studio techniques: in his early works, including his brilliant charcoal drawings, he proved that he can be a master of composition and formal symmetry. His latest books, especially in this book FINA ART SEX he dispenses with photo sessions with hired models and instead explores the myriad aspects of physicality of the human body in peak form enjoying the pleasures of touch, embrace, and passion. Yet his images, though raw in concept, maintain a sense of beauty, of freedom of exploration of desire, and a complete survey of the moment of desire to the completion of that response. The balance between intimacy, warrior like energy, and explosive forces of nature released make these private moments captured here on the richly colored pages of this book unique works of art.

Bianchi writes and always finds a way to enter information about where he has been and where his current state of expression in his work has brought him. There is a beautiful tribute to his lover not only in words but also in accompanying photographs. And he extends that degree of comfort to all of his subjects: 'I tell the men I shoot that I will look at them with the eyes of a man who is their lover.' He adds words to the sections of his book: Seeing/Being, Found Art, Time, Art Sex ('an intellectual response to what I celebrate is appreciated. A visceral response elevates the compliment'), Friend/Lovers, Resonate, Game On...these are but a few of the words that accompany his images that are produced by underwater photography as well as in his home photography. Very often the focal point is on the trunk alone, with men expressing their desire and completion with seeming complete relaxation.

If Bianchi places himself in the photographs, both in the mirror reflections with his camera or in shots that are looking down or up at his own participation, many viewers will feel this is self-indulgent, as though we must see the artist acting out the action he elects to photograph. But peruse this book repeatedly and likely the fact that the artist partakes in the action drives home the mission of his art. He explains the personal aspects of his view of art in words: he underlines those aspects with including his own body in the action. After all, this is the trademark of a very successful artist, an aspect that makes his concept of Fine Art Sex apparent. Remarkably uninhibited Bianchi! Grady Harp, June 11
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Bianchi never disappoints 28 Nov 2012
By AlexsDad - Published on Amazon.com
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I have bought each of Tom's male erotic photography books. As with the others, this one does not disappoint. The men are sensous, masculine, and beautiful. Tom captures the male physique incredibly well. Each photo is not just of a naked man, it is artistic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fine Art Sex 7 Feb 2012
By Mark P Deal - Published on Amazon.com
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Hi guys.

Quite nice photos, but Tom Bianchi seems to need to be in many of the pics.....cool, but he is aging. Seems like a last ditched effort to see himself as one with his models....good luck to him....but the fact is, we are looking for younger masculine guys, or at least a mixture of older...not just Tom, himself. All good but a bit self indulgent. Can ruin a good fantasy.

T
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