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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Pond Street Press (2000)
  • ASIN: B007EQKFUS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,467,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a thirteen-year-old kid in Staten Island, James Spada started the first Marilyn Monroe Memorial Fan Club. He produced four bulletins and one yearbook a year for four years, when he had to disband the club due to lack of money.
In college he founded EMK: The Edward M. Kennedy Quarterly, and worked as an intern in Senator Kennedy's Boston office in 1970.

At 23 his first book, Barbra: The First Decade--The Films and Career of Barbra Streisand, was published. He followed that up with the authorized book The Films of Robert Redford. He went on to write illustrated coffee-table books about Streisand, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Midler, Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty, and Jane Fonda.

In 1987 his first non-pictorial biography, Grace: The Secret Lives of a Princess, became a major international bestseller. He followed that up with intimate biographies of Peter Lawford, Bette Davis, Barbra Streisand, and Julia Roberts.

His writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, People, Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, The New York Times Book Review, McCall's, the Los Angeles Times, the London Sunday Express, and many other publications.

In 2010 his first work of fiction, Days When My Heart was Volcanic--A Novel of Edgar Allan Poe, was published.

In recent years he has become equally renowned as a photographer of the male nude. His first collection, Black & White Men, was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award as the Best Visual Arts Book of 2000.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Hanssen on December 7, 2000
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James Spada is the author of sixteen books which include biographies of famous stars, and pictorial biographies ("Life in Pictures" ) of famous people that have made him world renowned. He has now turned his creativity to photographing the nude male. "Black & White Men" is his latest collection of photos, and it is exactly what it claims to be, black & white shots of young good-looking male models posed in very erotic and sensual poses. Spada captures natural light as it casts moody shadows on these well-developed bodies. Shane was my favorite model. I guess that's why he was made the cover model, someone felt the same way I did. You can tell James Spada has a relaxed and good relationship with his models, they all seem so at ease and uninhibited.
This book is over 90 pages, and that's my only regret. I just wish it could have been a more extensive selection of his images. I would recommend this collection of 60 images to anyone who enjoys male nude photography from a inspiring new photographer.!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. F. Corbin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 31, 2004
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I ordered this book sight unseen after viewing some of Mr. Spada's photographs on a website. I didn't know that the author of celebrity biographies was also a photographer-- and a very good one as evidenced in this collection of black and white men. Mr. Spada has a fine sense of composition and understands the importance of lighting to enhance the human body. Many of these photographs were shot using available light, which often makes for beautifully flattering studies.

Some of these photographs work better than others. I like in particular: (1) The torso on page 5. The stripes from the towel repeated in the shadows from the vertical blinds work very well to produce a beautiful photograph. (2) It's difficult to make a bad photograph using a mirror. Check out the portrait on page 14. (3) The man with a shaved head shot from the rear (page 24) exudes strength. (4) The photo on page 39 is quite sexy. (5) "Paul in my studio, Brookline, July 1998", (page 41) is artfully composed with good use of the black background. I would not have included the shots of the man holding tulips (pp. 76-77). Everybody and his brother have done that one already. These photos add nothing to the pictures already out there.

Finally, Mr. Spada is to be commended for selecting several young men who look as if they might have a life outside a gym. They have attractive bodies by God rather than by Gold. Few photographers doing nudes these days have the courage to do such a thing.
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James Spada offers the viewer a broad range of young partially clothed and nude males. The photographs of the models are grouped together which offers the viewer the chance to experience the shifting of appearances from one photograph to another. For example, one of the first models appears to dramatically change appearance as one photograph of his face and hand reflected in a mirror is all about symmetry and asymmetry whereas a few photographs later this same model is a sweaty boxer bad-boy. One common theme seen often is the male nude in a contemplative pose looking out of a window. This indirect natural light filtering over the nude body, usually contrasted against the architectural geometry of the window frame, is a highly effective compositional strategy. The models are not all picture perfect porno gods by any means. In fact many of the models appear to be selected for interesting rather than perfect features. Generally the photographs are fine explorations of dark and light upon the male figure, contrasted with textured and contrasting background or props. A few photographs are not well done however, appear a bit amateurish, and could have been edited out of the collection. The white models certainly outnumber the black models which is not an issue except that the exploration of the lyricism of the young male form is more evident in his white models than in the black fellows. This is in contrast to such photographers as Terrance Butcher who excels at photographing the nude black man in elegant motion. There is a personal intimate feeling to these photographs, as if the photographer knew each model well, and this warmth earns the collection a few stars.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bradley on September 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I was given a free copy of this book from a local bookstore. I was SHOCKED to see how highly the book was rated. The photos have amature composition and lighting techniques. If you're looking for artistic photos - keep looking becuase this book does not have them!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Draper on October 24, 2001
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I have been a professional painter and photographer since 1970. The beautiful lighting and composition of the images in the book far outclass my abilities as an artist. Mr Spada's work will be an inspitation to people far beyond our own time period.
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