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The Bear Cult [Paperback]

Chris Nelson
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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Gay Men's Press (17 Oct 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0854491619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0854491612
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 22.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 754,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Captures the latest gay icon to come out of San Francisco - the hairy man. The author explores and creates the bear myth: brawny and hairy men in boots, jeans, T-shirts and car grease, delighting in each other's company.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The bear cult is one of those classic coffee table books which you will never tire of looking through. As you wander through the many black and white photographs, you are presented with different images challenging the stereo type of what it is to be a gay man. These guys are all either large or slim, short or tall, but they all show the same thing, affection, strength and pure masculinity. These men are at ease with their bodies and with themselves, there is no pretence to be something that they are not, they are honest and down to earth, this is what makes a bear so attractive and appealing. If you only by one book this year, be it something for the coffee table, or to further your collection of male nude photograpghy, make it a copy of Chris Nelson's "The Bear Cult". You won't be disappointed. I know I wasn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, simple, masculine 27 April 2001
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Waaay back in the early days of Bear Magazine, Brahma studios was born... and with it wonderful photography. This book is a collection from those days. Simple, masculine, erotic. To call this 'bear porn' is a mistake. This is classic male erotic, with a wonderfully bear-ish 'slant'. (just wish it was hard back to allow it to stay open!)
Still a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two essential bear photo books that chronicle us all 1 Dec 2001
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Chris Nelson's "Bear Cult" makes a perfect companion with Jack Fritscher's "American Men" which afterSeptember 11 terrorist attacks is an apt title. Both books came out about the same time---in fact, Fritscher is in Nelson's "Bear Cult." Do all bears know each other? Both are very different photographers. Nelson: stills only. Fritscher: stills backed with videos. British bear critic Edward Lucie Smith wrote the intro to both books. I confess I've used them both as art and as bearotica. Plus the bear look really is an American invention. These two prime bear photography books should lead the way to more bear photo books. I recommend both these landmark books for every gentleman's library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Brit Bear Edward Lucie-Smith's 2 bear photobooks 6 April 2002
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My not-so-insignificant Otherbear and I are both fans of anything the British critic and photographer Edward Lucie-Smith puts his name on, so we both got off on both the Lucie-Smith bearish books of photos by Chris Nelson and Jack Fritscher which are musts for any serious bear collector of not-at-all-insignificant Otherbears, especially with the end of Bear magazine.
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