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Cult of Boys Hardcover – September 15, 2011
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For those not familiar with Toyin Ibidapo's photography, her work celebrates the beauty and innocence of youth, and has been featured in several magazines such as Dazed & Confused and ads for Alexander McQueen. She has also photographed up-and-coming celebrities such as Ben Whishaw (from Bright Star), Dominic Cooper (from An Education), etc. This book sharing her predilection for young andro-Adonises (young long-haired waif-like androgynous males and a handful of andro-girls in there too) has been a long time coming.
The subject matter of Cult of Boys is not necessarily new. However, the entire layout of the book makes it unique and worth flipping through. Unlike most photography books, it doesn't just showcase "clean" final images probably already featured in magazines and other printed matter. Instead, this book actually showcases her personal work like an art journal. It's an intimate diary about youthful beauty.
Several pages look like Polaroid transfers collaged with actual prints and adorned with a lacey overlay of writing. Some are just collages of photos (both in color and in B&W).Read more ›
But this book is not limited to her penchant for capturing celebrities in non-traditional imagery. According to the artist, what appeals to her artistic sense is 'What lies beneath - not just a pretty face. Raw, honest to a point, and maybe a slight hint of voyeurism and untapped sexuality, it's all in the eyes.' For the past 10 years she has invited young boys into her home and has taken hundreds of images, all gentle, unposed, not desanitized, and treated these lads as her friends.Read more ›
First and foremost, there is absolutely nothing lewd or suggestive about these captivating photographs. Although most of the boys are shirtless, they project an innocence that cannot be faked. Many of them have long hair--the photographer reminds us in her introduction that she was a student during the grunge era--too many of them are smoking, and some of them must be prettier than their sisters. To a person, these boys are skinny. They have never picked up a barbell in anybody's gym.
Ms. Ibidapo singles out eight boys from the collection that make her "Odes to the Boys list at the end of this book, one of whom is Dominic Brider, a real looker, who is also on the dust jacket. She reminds us that "you're only young once and youth is fleeting." And it was George Bernard Shaw who said that "youth is wasted on the young."
As I looked at these photographs again and again--they grow on you--I could see a young Robert Mapplethorpe as a subject of Ms. Ibidapo. And I wondered what these boys will look like in five or ten years when their features coarsen and they become other people. I also wanted to tell them all that there is an AIDS virus out to be careful of and that they may live to regret smoking. On the other hand, for all their innocence, at least in these United States, some of them were old enough when Ms. Ibidapo photographed them to lose their lives as soldiers in a foreign land.
A beautiful book.
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First of how ever you put it, your a pedophile and you know that deep inside. The fact that this women invited young boys to her house to take pictures of in them trying to look... Read morePublished 27 days ago by W. Horton
Lots of shirtless teen boys and some boys in their underwear. All different types of bodies, all young, all exploring.Published 18 months ago by William Lance Lenon
I should have read the description better. Or perhaps it should be titled "Cult of Young Men." I was hoping for younger boys playing soccer, little league baseball,... Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by John Haan
I started to buy this book, than I read some reviews. The reviews had this book with photos of young people. No Nudity. Read morePublished on December 7, 2011 by Amazon Customer