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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's Not To Like Here?
The men are young, handsome, built well, and all appear to be having a good time in this book of color photographs by Sam Carson. Much has been made that this is the first book of this sort by Carson who is an architect by profession although apparently he has been doing this kind of photography for sometime. Additionally, all the models are amateurs and doing this for...
Published on February 11, 2004 by H. F. Corbin

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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry to be a spoil sport
Well, I ordered this book on the recommendation of everyone else who wrote reviews for it thinking it must be worth the price since everyone gave it 5 stars. Perhaps my expectations were too high then. I found the photographs in this book to be a bit amateurish. I find homoerotic photography appealing when the subjects show the essence of male attractiveness -- beauty,...
Published on July 30, 2005 by Manou


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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's Not To Like Here?, February 11, 2004
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The men are young, handsome, built well, and all appear to be having a good time in this book of color photographs by Sam Carson. Much has been made that this is the first book of this sort by Carson who is an architect by profession although apparently he has been doing this kind of photography for sometime. Additionally, all the models are amateurs and doing this for the first time. Hence the title FIRST EXPOSURE. It shouldn't be a great leap, however, to go from designing well-constructed, beautiful buildings to photographing well-built beautiful bodies. After all, f stops and apertures can be learned by taking a class or picking up a camera manual; people with a photographer's eye are born, not taught.
About half the models here are nude; the others, just as fetching, are advertisements for all the brands of men's underwear. Some of the companies represented here should pay Mr. Carson a fee for all this free publicity.
Almost all these stunning photographs appear to be shot in natural light. No strobe light will ever light a photograph as beautifully as nature does.
There isn't a mediocre photograph in the entire collection here. Finally, thank you, Mr. Carson, for not telling us what we are seeing. There is not one word of description or explanation about any of the photographs. Nor do we need any.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection of gorgeous men, June 27, 2004
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This review is from: First Exposure (Hardcover)
Sam Carson works as an architect in Los Angeles, which must have given him the penetrating eye for beauty that he shows here. That he can produce something this good on his first foray into photography is a rebuke to established gay eroticists (David Morgan, Jeff Palmer, Howard Roffman and Steven Underhill). For this book, Carson has selected a dazzling array of men who all have one thing in common: they are beautiful, muscular men who no one in their right mind would kick out of bed. There are a fair share of nudes in this collection, but what Carson demonstrates best is that designer underwear and tight Speedos can be every bit as hot as full frontal nudity, though once again, this book contains a good amount of penises. I hope Carson publishes another book soon, but until then these boys will have to do. The only flaw is that there are only 80 pages, but overall, this book proved to me that there's more to gay photography than Bel Ami.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Visual Treat, January 4, 2006
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"A new small format, hardcover volume of photos from architect/photographer Sam Carson. Besides designing over 100 buildings, he has photographed over 5,000 models. Carson's look is warm and inviting, the facial expressions run the gamut from stares to smiles, but the models all look real. Shot largely indoors, at what one would presume to be Carson's home, the book is a visual treat. The men are either naked, in underwear or sexy workout pants--no shirts, lots of dick--and much of it hard.--Scott Cranin"--© zebraz
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars View these full color images in the order presented!, November 8, 2003
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Don't look ahead the first time through this wonderful photo collection!These smoothe young men all brought a sixpack and many showoff their name brand undies but watchout for that center-spread and the photos thereafter. They are meant to pleasure the viewer. Sam Carson is a well known California architect and clearly appreciates the male form and function. Let's hope there is a second exposure and a third and....
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electric!, November 10, 2003
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This review is from: First Exposure (Hardcover)
What happens when a well known architect with a penchant for photography and an ability to get San Diego's most buff and beautiful young men to strip for his camera, gets a publishing deal? Well, you get this unusual, erotically charged collection of stunning photographs!
Sam Carson, a well-known architect from California, has been taking photos of young men in San Diego for many years now. He uses amateur models who have never posed for anyone before. He succeeds impressively in capturing these personal moments
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry to be a spoil sport, July 30, 2005
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This review is from: First Exposure (Hardcover)
Well, I ordered this book on the recommendation of everyone else who wrote reviews for it thinking it must be worth the price since everyone gave it 5 stars. Perhaps my expectations were too high then. I found the photographs in this book to be a bit amateurish. I find homoerotic photography appealing when the subjects show the essence of male attractiveness -- beauty, confidence, contentment and power. The only one of those that comes through in these photographs is beauty, and then only if you are into VERY young guys (think "Freshman" magazine)-- I'd guess average age is 18. The way the photographer has posed his subjects makes them reek of imaturity. Most look either uncomfortable before the camera or goofy. True, they've all got great bodies, but I prefer more mature subjects and more artfully composed compositions. A nice try, but there are many better than this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blush of Youth, May 29, 2011
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Sam Carson has an architect's eye for structure, interplay of light and shadow, the plinths upon which beautiful edifices rise, and the stability of well made creations. A successful architect in California, Sam Carson also successful in his other field of endeavor - the art of photographing male models.

FIRST EXPOSURE is a beautiful book bursting with healthy young sportsmen who seem as at home in front of Carson's camera as professional models. The pleasure here, aside from the obvious one that the young men selected are all from the cream of the crop status, is the sense of casual stance and attitude he achieves. Each richly colored photograph is well composed, the models are in various modes of either crisp white underwear - or not...., and the overpowering feeling is one of admiring healthy subjects who care for their bodies and love sharing that concern with Carson.

There is more emphasis on mood and atmosphere than on displaying full nudity: Carson seems to be aligned with the stance that partially clothed models are far more sensuous when left with some secrets beneath the drapery of garments. The models are tanned, at times tattooed, but in general they all appear to be the All American Abercrombie and Fitch types. This is a book to please everyone who admires the brush of health that makes young sportsmen gleam. Grady Harp, May 11
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4.0 out of 5 stars First Exposure: Good not greatt, June 26, 2010
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I have one question; why couldn't some of the models been outdoor? Likewise many of the shots are great others are a little more than mediocre. And most being in their underweaar isn't a good idea. But still this is a great book that shows the beauty of the male figure with and without clothes.
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