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In the Studio [Paperback]

Tom Bianchi
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10 April 2000
In his most daring and original collection of male erotica to date, Tom Bianchi presents a body of work that will startle and challenge the world of photography. Eschewing the settings normally associated with his work outdoors, Bianchi returns to the studio to create these raw, powerful, and intensely intimate portraits of gay men.
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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; New edition edition (10 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312243049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312243043
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 24.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,986,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Veneration of idealised beauty 12 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
"There is no such thing as pornography; there are however bad camera angles."
So says the author in his introduction, and I would say that there is not a single bad camera angle in the book. The photographs are adoring, playful and (less often than you might expect) very sexy.
Perhaps my palate is jaded with the ubiquitous, neo-classical image of male physical perfection that is everywhere you turn, on and off the gay scene - the washboard abs, curvacious pectorals and bubble-buns - but I found many of the pictures unsatisfying. Somehow there is a contradiction in a worship of the body where the body has to be worked into a taught and bulging sculpture before it is acceptable. Yes, these figures are the stuff of fantasy, but the finest work is when reality breaks through, such as those shots into which one of his cats has wandered. My favourite picture in the book contains no real nudity at all: it is of the poet-artist Gavin Dillard, visible only from the shoulders-up, sitting in front of a painting of two nudes onto which a poem of his has been inscribed; Bianchi himself is visible (out of focus) to the right in a chink of mirror. Oddly, in focusing on the individual he has touched here more intimately on the universally human. This, ultimately, is sexier than a hundred perfectly proportioned gods.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOT HOT HOT-Bianchi's Best and Most Erotic Work To Date 18 April 1998
By imntojocks@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have been a long time fan of Tom Bianchi's work (he is a close 2nd on my list of favorite photographers .. behind Bruce Weber), and have always thought that he has pushed the envelope of Nude Male Photography. He doesnt just take pics of solo glamour boys in coy poses.. He takes pictures of naked men in homoerotic situations interacting with each other while nude. He pushes that envelope even further with "In the Studio."

This is simply a daring and breathtaking work. While "out of the studio" referred to being open and free to be yourself among "extraordinary friends,".." In the studio" takes advantage of the privacy and security that the studio provides, allowing more erotic situations to surface.

He pushes the envelope by illicting images that male nude photographers today shy away from, and some might consider fit only for pornography, but i agree with Mr. Bianchi in that "there is no such thing as pornography, just bad camera angles". "In the Studio" features an array of erections, sexual situations, and yes.. orgrasms... Meaning that many models are shown with all out erections, some show models carressing their erect penises, even a pic of two body builders caressing each other's penises in their hands. Even pushing this idea further, there are about 3 photos where the models have climaxed, leaving trails of semen on their ripped torsos.

Another interesting thing about this book, is that often, Tom, has put mirrors strategically placed so you can see him taking the pictures. In these pictures, Tom is also nude while snapping the pictures. This really gives you insight to the process of taking the pictures, and makes you feel more like a part of the action. (I wonder if he was nude the whole time while taking the pictures for his previous efforts) :) .. also.. It was a pleasant surprise to see how great his body is.. no wonder he has such appreciation for the male body.

This is definately the best book of Nude Male !Photography i have come across in some time..
So.. why didnt i give it a '10' rating??

There is only one thing i would have shown different. The majority of the pictures in the book are taken from the model's neck down... Or often their face is turned away from the camera.. I thought this was the biggest crime in the pic of the two bodybuilders holding each other's penises. If the pic was showing them in a deep kiss, or a romantic look, would have pushed the pic over the edge of eroticism ...

My second complaint is just pure selfishness.. I WANTED MORE!! I hated reaching the end of the book, and am eagerly awaiting his next volume..So Tom if your readng this... hint hint :)

I hope you enjoyed my review.. I am not a professional writer (as you can tell by reading this review), i am just a fan of Male Nude Erotica in Film and Photography..

Please feel free to email me and tell me what you think of my review, and talk about your fave books :)
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man's Own Presence: Simultaneously Strong and Fragile 4 Sep 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I must agree wholeheartedly w/ Matthew Fisher of Bend, OR, who also reviewed this latest powerful work of Tom's. Tom's presence is made both an example as well as an undertone throughout. Through his eyes, I find it hard (i.e., difficult) if not impossible not to celebrate male power, animal magnetism, strength, and grace, as well as man's innate physical mortality. All the more reason to make the most of who we are and, as a community of men in the larger global family, catalyze and synergize the fulfillments of the obligations we have to our holistic selves: body, mind, spirit, will. The embracing of strength, power, and physical beauty is an obvious inclination for most; however, Tom shows us that, in addition to this, recognizing and embracing our vulnerability is never an act of cowardice, but rather, a quintessential way of knowing how to offer each other ourselves as complete human beings, as friends, as lovers, as playground and gym buddies, and as proud men. Tom, we love you always for this reminder!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching the Truth 8 May 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Bianchi's photographs seem to have stolen a thought from everyone's mind that views his art. Exploring new experiences of sexual exploration, Bianchi goes where most photographers have only dreamed of. I am moved to say there is no such work as pornography, only pictures. However, the most innovative of all Bianchi's bold explorations is the inclusion of himself in the photos he shoots. Whether he is visible or there is subtle feeling of his presence, the artist's image seems to manifest itself in every frame, more vividly than before. This collection of photographs is by far more introspective and inviting than any of his work to date.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really Disappointing 23 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was hoping for much better from a photographer that had done such good work in his previous books. I am not Virginia, and you would probably have to be excessively slow to not realize that there is sex in the studio, you don't have to prove it. Previous books showed beauty and emotion. "In the Studio" had the beauty of the physical body but lacked the emotion. If I was intrested in this style, I would go to an adult bookstore. Not all of it is borderline pornographic. There were some that were worthy of him. I feel Tom Bianchi has strayed from the ideals of "Out of the Studio" for no good reason
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 6 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have watched Tom Bianchi's images find a broader audience as the years have gone by. And I must say that I was really disappointed with "In the Studio". I understand that Bianchi "pushes the envelope" on images of gay men in photography, but these photos were just poorly done, in bad taste ( a semen shot is not my idea of art), and generally tired. Unlike Ritts, Weber, or Mapplethorpe who give a knowing wink to a gay sensability/audience, Bianchi utilizes a style that one would find in some pornographic rag off the street. While Bianchi idealizes his men, claiming beauty=worthiness, his photos do everything to not be beautiful, to show his men as solely physical gay men (as opposed to emotional AND physical gay men) who seem to be there for his keyhole voyeurism.
I used to feel proud looking at his images, the blatant tenderness between two men that was apparent for all to see. Now I feel like I am flaunting pornography.
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