Bruno Gmünder has been publishing the `TurnOn' series for some time - TurnOn: Sports, TurnOn: Gear, TurnOn: Muscles, TurnOn: Tattoos and now the most recent addition is TURNON: BOYS. Instead of relying on one photographer for these series, the emphasis is on the work of many different photographers and that is what really makes a difference here. Each photographer is excellent and each has his own take on how the beauty of youth should be projected.
This portfolio of 160 pages is primarily in color, although there are numerous images in stunning black and white. The position of the collection seems to let the sensuality inherit in fresh young lads speak for itself so there is no pushing for eroticism that is staged. That is not to say that the models for this collection are not plying the camera for seduction: that is a story between photographer and model. Yes, there is some full frontal nudity and some partial nudity with recumbent poses and with towels discreetly placed here, but there are many of the poses that are simply close-up shots of faces, of youth at play in sport gear, with skateboards, at swim, with musical instruments and some that seem as though the boys are just having a good time with the idea.
George Bernard Shaw may have said `Youth is wasted on the young', but here we are with a fine collection that refutes that adage. These are healthy, sporty, sensual, fun-loving lads who seem to be having the time of their lives posing for the various excellent photographers who contributed to this worthwhile portfolio. Part of the seduction of the images is the presence of innocence that is as refreshing as it is alluring. Grady Harp, May 13