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"His no-holds-barred photography has captured dozens of young wounded vets in ways the public is not used to seeing them: fit, happy and proud to show themselves." - CNN
"Those Sexy, Naked Amputee War Veterans Are Now Part of a Sexy, Naked Book" - Cosmopolitan
"""Stunning photos of the heroes who have lost their limbs in war"" - Daily Mail
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"Instead of portraying male and female amputee veterans as broken soldiers, these sexy, nude photos celebrate their strength, helping to change the way we see their disability." - Metro
"Gaze At These Brave (And Naked) Veterans And Feel Free To Let The Thirst Take Over" - MTV

About the Author

"Raised in Berkeley, California, Michael Stokes is now a Los Angeles-based photographer. He graduated first in his class and Phi Beta Kappa with a Fine Art degree through the film department at California State University, Long Beach. Before changing his career path to filmmaking, he was a photography major, learning pre-digital photographic techniques and using darkrooms and silver gelatin film. In film school, he wrote and directed a short film, Alien, that screened in film festivals around the world. Michael's first coffee table book, Masculinity (2012), was a glamour-styled, photographic male figure study book that is currently out of print. In the same style as his first, his second book, Bare Strength (2014), is already in its third printing and is available on Amazon. It features a chapter on wounded veterans of war, specifically amputees. From the sales of this book, he has donated $10,000 to the Semper Fi Fund, a charity that benefits veterans of war and their families. Also in 2014, Michael collaborated with the publisher Taschen to produce My Buddy, supplying the publisher with his collection of vintage photos of nude WWII soldiers. Michael's third and fourth books, Exhibition and Always Loyal release November 1, 2015. Exhibition continues the exploration and celebration of the male figure, while Always Loyal is dedicated exclusively to wounded United States veterans. Before the end of 2015, from pre-sales of both books, Michael will donate $20,000 to the Semper Fi Fund. Michael's photos of wounded veterans have been shared around the world and have been featured on television: Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, The View, and The Talk. They have been featured in several major newspapers and online periodicals around the world, including: The Independent UK, The Mirror UK, The Drudge Report, The Huffington Post, The Huffington Post (French Edition), Cosmopolitan, People magazine, BuzzFeed, and Vanity Fair Italy, just to mention a few. Michael's fashion and fitness photographs have been featured on America's Next Top Model, have twice been the cover for Men's Health Italy, and are used for more than twenty-five novel covers. Michael has also made personal appearances on television's The Insider and Inside Edition. You can follow him on Facebook for updates and previews of his latest work and projects. https://www.facebook.com/MichaelStokesPhotography"
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Bruno Gmuender (November 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 395985014X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3959850148
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.6 x 13.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I ordered this book through Stokes' Kickstarter, as a birthday present to myself. It. Is. Amazing. Such beautiful photos of some of the most inspirational and courageous people in the world. I particularly loved that he included the stories and bios of every soldier featured. I highly recommend this book.
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Beautiful book, as a wife of a retired EOD man, I've had the privilege to meet some of these men and women. Thank you Mr Stokes for showing the spirit of our men and women who have sacrificed so much for their country.
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Michael Stokes is not just a photographer, he is a Master Artist that uses a camera instead of a paint brush or a music score. I am grateful to have been a part of Michael's Kickstarter project to publish "Always Loyal" and "Exhibition" books. Words can not express the artwork that can only be appreciated by viewing the art itself. The quality of the publishing is above and beyond my wildest dreams. Through the kickstarter project, Michael donated $20,000 to the Semper Fi Fund. Thank you Michael Stokes for all that you have done, we will continue to follow you on Facebook, and we will remain ....always loyal.
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I absolutely love everything about this book. Michael Stokes uses his incredible talent to showcase true American heroes. He captures their essence beautifully in this high quality book. Thank you Michael Stokes for making this amazing book.
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A worthy cause for sure, but for some reason it's ok for women to show all, or nearly all, but not men... His shots are very well done, subjects tell a story, tho I do wish it would have had more pictures I addition to the pages that told the story of each vet. Additionally, the organization is a bit... Odd. You will have a page that tells about a vet, but not match the photos on the next page.
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This book was beautifully done, it brought out each Military Vet and Soldier in their rawest sense. It gave the story behind what happened to them allowing the reader to see inside of their lives and give a sense of what they went through. I have loved watching Michael's work come undone and am simply in awe of his raw edge and his ability to see what's really there through the lens. This was a fabulous read and the pictures are simply amazing! Awesome project and outstanding photographer in so many ways!
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I love this book. The images are artistically and technically amazing, but they're also haunting and evocative. Stokes took something that society tends to glance away from and made it an artistic statement in a respectful manner. I also love the fact that each wounded warrior who modeled has a full bio in the book. This is well worth the money.

Caveat: I have the kickstarter version with the limited edition cover.
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I ordered this book through Kick Starter and I'm floored by the art and craftsmanship of this book! Quality of the book is exceptional. Photos are powerful as they reflect the beauty of body, mind, and soul. I cannot say enough about this extraordinary project! Kudos to Michael Stokes for his mesmerizing photography and the soldiers who bravely fought for our country and now proudly display their unwavering courage to show the world they are here and as strong as ever.
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