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Uncovered: Rare Vintage Male Nudes [Hardcover]

Reed Massengill
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20 April 2009
In the pre-Stonewall era before the advent of the gay rights movement, male nude photography was kept underground. Photographers feared police confiscation, harassment, and worse. This volume uncovers the work of ten different photographers produced during this suppressive period—images hidden away for a generation in private collections and closed archives. The majority have never been published. A full range of styles is included: gleaming muscle gods shot in the physique magazine style, sun-dappled outdoor nudes from the 1960s, and artful black-and-white studio portraits by George Platt Lynes. Uncovered restores a lost chapter to the history of the male nude photograph and reintroduces more than one hundred unsung classics of male erotic photography to the world.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Universe Publishing (20 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789318660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789318664
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 23 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Newly discovered photographs 11 Jun 2009
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This book includes unpublished photographs from the archives of various collectors and photographers, from an age of greater innocence but also less freedom to take and publish the male nude.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Men Uncovered: An Important Historical Document 30 May 2009
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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Reed Massengill continues to gather images and historical data that enhance his own very fine books of photography of the male nude. In UNCOVERED: RARE VINTAGE MALE NUDES he has gathered the works by ten brave men who had the courage to create images of the nude male before the censorship by the publishing firms changed following the 1969 Stonewall turnaround. While some of the photographers included in this monograph are well known and bridged that hiatus separating forbidden and completely accepted work, there are also 'new faces' whose work demands attention.

The 'uncovered male nudes' in this collection are often only partially revealed, as in the photographs by George Platt Lynes (1907 - 1955): positioning and shadows protect the eye form the full model image. Don Whitman (1916 - 1998) worked with body builders and carefully used the 'posing strap' to prevent viewer disdain. Likewise Al Urban (1917 - 1992) and Earle Forbes (1897 - 1970) focused on the posing Greek ideal for their Physique Images.

But with Plato (1925 - 2003) and John Shreeve Barrington (1920 - 1991) the element of eroticism in the art of male nude photography opened some doors: models were captured more in the privacy of the wild then in the studio and the freedom of posing choices expanded, but still with a sense of restraint. The images of Antonio Arabia (1931 - 1993) are more natural (models in the woodlands) and in many ways more erotic, and the images by Vulcan (b. 1921) and Robert Galster (1923 - 1991) invite the viewer to become involved in the scenario. Many of these images have never been published and Massengill provides a welcome bridge between the art of the male nude as popularized by the many practitioners of excellence today.

This is an important volume and one that will find a larger audience than many other books on the male nude: the images are less threatening to the viewer than the subsequent work of say Mapplethorpe et al. Massengill introduces each of the featured photographers with a brief but historically and artistically significant essay on both the artist and the particular constraints that surrounded the art of each. Grady Harp, May 09
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book... 17 Sep 2009
By Scott nMilwaukee - Published on Amazon.com
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I really like this book. It has large photos of beautiful guys, generally full on exposure. Some of the poses are definitely period driven but some of them are outside. Over all the guys just look very good (not super models by today's standards) and are the types of guys you're much more likely to come across in a real world situation. Plus they're not manscaped, thankfully!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rare Vintage Nudes Lives up to Its Promises 6 Aug 2009
By Mark Rice - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Reed Massengill has scored another triumph in "Uncovered: Rare Vintage Male Nudes" Not only does he show us little known works by artists we are familiar with, he introduces us to several artists that many of us may not have heard of - or if heard of, not have seen any work before this. The work is beautiful, often lyrical, and Mr. Massengill's introduction to each artist and his work helps us understand how and under what circumstances these photographers labored. Anyone who collects photographs of the male image will find this indispensable. Anyone who admires the male form will find it a pleasure to add to their collection of books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Male Nudes 12 Dec 2009
By jim s. "computer man" - Published on Amazon.com
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If you remember those "Physique" magazines of the 1950's -- and even if you don't -- you will relish these pre-Stonewall nudes. Beautifully put together, this book of daring photos recalls a bygone era when the male nude was suppressed. The hunky models are photographed in a variety of settings -- everything from rugged outdoor shots to dramatic studio portraits. In retrospect, some of the picture are amusing while others are classical.

Here is a collection of over 100 vintage picture by 10 photographers that will delight both old and new generations. Any connoisseur of the male nude will love this book!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Basically Amazing! 26 Dec 2009
By M. Reyes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When I first picked up this book at the bookstore I knew I had to buy it. I am an artistic photography with male nudity as my specialty. Looking through these photos I am drawn to every aspect of each photograph. They are artistically beautiful and they truly inspire me in my own work. Some portraits are older than the 50's and they are still timeless. The only word I can use to describe this book is amazing. For anyone who enjoys male nudity and art- this book is definitely a good buy. On amazon it's at a good price!!! When I bought it at the store it was almost 50 dollars, I should of waited the I loved the book so much that I just couldn't. So if you're already thinking about buying this book go ahead. It'll be a purchase that you can treasure for a lifetime.
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