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George Platt Lynes: The Male Nudes Hardcover – May 3, 2011

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Steven Haas is an art historian and a photographer. His ads have appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and The New York Times. George P. Lynes II is the nephew of the artist. Allen Ellenzweig is an art and photography critic and the author of The Homoerotic Photograph.
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; First Edition edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847833747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847833740
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1.2 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George Platt Lynes (15 April 1907 - 6 December 1955), American fashion and commercial photographer, was a legend in his own time. He was one of the most sought after fashion photographers as well as the artist selected by such diverse luminaries as Yul Brynner, Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau, Tennessee Williams, George Tooker, Orson Welles, Diana Vreeland and a host of others to capture their personalities for posterity. But in his private life he elected to photograph the male nude, almost always in a studio setting complete with props, dramatic lighting, references to mythological characters, and poses that modeled a striking resemblance to the ballet figures whom he also photographed for archival or publicity purposes.

This fine Rizzoli publication is important not only as an excellent reconstruction of the images captured by Lynes, but also because it represents the first publication of many of the images that were either never printed or published - in other words, this book provides the premiere of many of George Platt Lynes most secret images. The works are sculptural and in keeping with the timeframe during which they were created they are not presented as erotic ideas. This work could be considered 'cold' by some critics, but for the photography aficionado this collection is the a representation of the consummate art of one of the last centuries great photographic artists.

Essays by art historian/photographer Steven Haas, George Platt Lynes II (the artist's nephew) and Allen Ellenzweig provide learned insights to both the man and his art. George Platt Lynes died of lung cancer in 1955 at the young age of 48. He was and remains an icon. Grady Harp, May 11
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The photos in this book are amazing. The use of black and white and lighting captures men in various states of undress, nudity and full arousal. So many reactions to the photos are elicited from the artistry of the photographer and the model. Amazing.
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It's nice to have all these male nudes collected in one book. George Platt Lynes has been somewhat forgotten these days. His staging and lighting were fantastic. The plates are great and Rizzolli has done a super job in this publishing.
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George Platt Lynes personal photos of dancers lovers and friends are exquisite to say the least. if you are human,straight or gay these incredibly lit photographs rival any photography of his era before or after.This group of photographs celebrate the human form in an ideal and surrealistic manner.The influence of Man Ray is evident.As noted by his nephew George Platt Lynes the second,Platt Lynes lived the high life even when he couldn't afford to.These works show an intense artist with high level aesthetics .
he may have lived rather turbulently,but the art speaks legions.This is a must have volume.I will never forget the photos in this book.Like great paintings or scupture they resonate in a personal way..inside you
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I was happily and enthrallingly fooled. When I purchased this book, I thought it would be basically Lynes’s photography with some accompanying essay. I was wrong. Sometimes I love being wrong, I certainly welcome being wrong in this case.

This book starts out with a forward by George’s nephew and namesake and then turns into a biography of sorts. Yes, there are definitely photographs, but most pages in the first third are filled with passages from surviving letters, telegrams and notices from various publications and exhibitions. There are much more informal photos mixed in with the portraits, both of others and of George himself.

It all begins in the late 1920’s when George is about eighteen and moves through his entirely too short life. It moves from there through the Depression and World War II and its aftermath. His circle of friends and colleagues included many names of people I did and most of us would recognize and hold some knowledge of: Gertrude Stein, Alfred Kinsey, Alice Guinzburg, Dorothy Parker and Christopher Isherwood.

George had great successes and periods of serious struggle, both personally and professionally. In his photography he experienced the tides of change that always occur in any mode of expression, styles and trends changing. If you don’t move with them, it gets tough to make things work. Personally, he may have had a number of lovers to varying degrees of seriousness but it feels like he had two real loves. Unfortunately and fortunately, they arrived and thrived in his life at the same time.

His photography is earthbound, even in purposeful pose and setting. He experimented with shadow and light, natural and produced.
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Explores the works of a photographer previously known to me only for his Hollywood and fashion-world bodies of work. Expands on American takes on the nude male form - both erotic - artistic - and used as components of larger - more visually integrated - experiments in combining form with lighting/textures/etc. Beautifully shot images from a master photographer. Stunning!
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I was happily and enthrallingly fooled. When I purchased this book, I thought it would be basically Lynes’s photography with some accompanying essay. I was wrong. Sometimes I love being wrong, I certainly welcome being wrong in this case.

This book starts out with a forward by George’s nephew and namesake and then turns into a biography of sorts. Yes, there are definitely photographs, but most pages in the first third are filled with passages from surviving letters, telegrams and notices from various publications and exhibitions. There are much more informal photos mixed in with the portraits, both of others and of George himself.

It all begins in the late 1920’s when George is about eighteen and moves through his entirely too short life. It moves from there through the Depression and World War II and its aftermath. His circle of friends and colleagues included many names of people I did and most of us would recognize and hold some knowledge of: Gertrude Stein, Alfred Kinsey, Alice Guinzburg, Dorothy Parker and Christopher Isherwood.

George had great successes and periods of serious struggle, both personally and professionally. In his photography he experienced the tides of change that always occur in any mode of expression, styles and trends changing. If you don’t move with them, it gets tough to make things work. Personally, he may have had a number of lovers to varying degrees of seriousness but it feels like he had two real loves. Unfortunately and fortunately, they arrived and thrived in his life at the same time.

His photography is earthbound, even in purposeful pose and setting. He experimented with shadow and light, natural and produced.
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