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Male Bondage: Art Deserves a Witness Paperback – March 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Verlag Gmbh (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3861879093
  • ISBN-13: 978-3861879091
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,960,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Culveyhouse on July 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As any industry matures, we begin to see a certain craftsmanship that just didn't exist before. In the adult industry, such is true, though adult media is rarely considered artful or even Avant-garde.

But Darkholme's treatment of bondage as an aesthetic really does define the bondage scene and will become part of our zeitgeist. This tall Asian dabbler in art not only prepares each scene meticulously, but he also improvises with his own ropework and lighting, and finally he photographs his subject with self-taught grace.

The result is a palette of moods and predicaments, all with the common theme of individuality and expression. The book is a collector's item, and though I rarely invest in coffee table books, I do highly recommend this one to both BDSM hunters and your average Jane or Joe.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on September 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Artistry in rope and the male figure.

There is almost an industry of itself in pictures of bound females. (Just do a search on the Internet if you don't believe it!) Here is the same sort of pictures, but the subject is the male. The photographer is a professional. And it is published by Bruno Gmunder, the german publisher that pioneered high quality gay publishing. What more can you ask for?

Perhaps the most outstanding difference between these photographs and those you find on the Internet is the quality of the rope work. The binding is so symmetrical as to be an art form of its own. The rope is wrapped around ideally shaped, strong, young men. The book is truly a work of art, and a work of art that is not generally appreciated in our society but which will be a cornerstone of affectionados.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Seth777 on March 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Just an absolutley stunning book, photos are high quality, men are also..

A nice variety of different men and every one is easy on the eyes.

Sexy, stylish and worth every penny.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gjm on December 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
While other comments rightfully appreciate the artistry of the ropework and composition of the photographs, such detail might not make it clear that this is A VERY HOT BOOK (whether one consciously analyzes the aesthetic perspective or not). And, given the erotic intensity in many of the pictures, I disagree with the comment that "purient" appreciation is an insult to Van Darkholme. It certainly is true, however, that these pictures are in far better class than those generally intended for that commercial segment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard on January 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
Not sure what book Sir Nigel Irvine (1 star review) opened up, but this book is beautifully done with gorgeous men. It really brings out the eroticism of this kind of bondage. This book is by no means nothing but older men and bound penises. First, older men (which is what in his view? Over 25?) can and are very sexy. Secondly, it "is" bondage and most of the photography is of the entire body. Beautiful book!!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful book. The rope bondage is excellent, the models are buff, and the photography is superb. (I have always liked Van Darkholme's ropework in his videos, but I never realized what a good photographer he is.)

If you think rope bondage is just about tying up girls, you have been missing out. The images of strong men bound in strong hemp rope exude strength. It is a completely different (and complimentary) feel.

This is a book that every Shibari lover should own.

Lynn G, Rope Fashions
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nacho Eguiarte on February 4, 2007
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This book has terrific images about two pleasures, the first one submission, the other one eroticism taken to higher levels. The imaginery in this book is special, for those who want fulfill the senses with a specific kind of art. All the photographs were precisely shot and beautiful.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lew Troop VINE VOICE on September 10, 2006
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There will be those who purchase this fine book hoping for only the prurient. That's not only unfortunate but an insult to a brilliantly conceived and executed volume. Van Darkholme knows that a man is a systematic construction of parts. The use of rope serves to identify and isolate the body, rather as an architect plans floors for a structure. Each has a purpose, each has an access. In this process of isolation the photographer asks that we see what he sees and succeeds. From the exoskeleton of a building, we see the flesh and how it is supported by the rope/girders. It is as if man becomes the Pompidou center, all the disparate parts shown and their intimate connections revealed. Finally, the last few scenes are a mute testimony to tragedy. The collapse of the coherent to the cruelty of the people who would criticize that which they refuse to understand or accept. It is not only art observed, but art as applied.
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