James Bidgood (Taschen's 25th Anniversary Special Edition) Hardcover – 15 May 2009
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About the Author
Bruce Benderson works as a writer and translator in New York. He has published two volumes of short stories and writes regularly for Village Voice, The New York Time Magazine, The Advocate, Out, New York Press, and other periodicals.
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I love the Taschen Books, they always surprise me and are compiled with a lot of care and craftsmanship.
And now I also adore the photography of James Bidgood. Untill recently I've never heard of the man but now I see where Pierre et Gilles got their inspiration ( They became superstars and cashed in, Bidgood never reached anything close to that status)
This book is a MUSTHAVE for everyboby interested in: popculture, theatre design, fashion design, photography, pornography"light". It is eyecandy for gays and straights.
It is a lesson for all the producers and artists who are convinced that their work cannot be created without a big bag of money and expensive locations.
All these extremely beautiful pictures were shot under an amazing circumstance.
Bidgood shot all these picures in his small Manhattan apartment. In his "breakfast alcove".
He used his talents as a costume designer and windowdresser to built his "fairy"tale world. He used all kinds of glittering and sheer fabrics and simple light bulbs to create illusions of endless horizons.
The book revealed some of the tricks, but even with that knowledge I couldn't discover what and how.
I wish I had been a fly on the wall, watching him work.
I bet James Bidgood was an aethistic and romantic person in heart and soul. The main subject of his work was the search for a -lost- innocence and purity. I believe him at his word.
But what WE see is a extremely decadent glittering parallel universe inhibited only by very handsome, fit, young men.
Alone, staring inviting into the lens, or together obviously enjoying each others company.
Nowadays we may consider the images rather prejudice confirming: lots of shocking pink, glitter, seetrough trousers etc.Read more ›
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James Bidgood was a first of his kind, and it's clear how much he inspired many artists who came after- for example Pierre et Gilles, David LaChapelle and even Jeff Koons. Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2009 by : )
Didgood is too good for words...his boys sparkle and seduce with a spontaneous vitality that's their greatest allure. I recommend this book to all who love pure gau camp!Published on 12 April 2009 by Ventura Angelo