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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Group; Bilingual edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3867871388
  • ISBN-13: 978-3867871389
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 10.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,246,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Salzenstein VINE VOICE on May 7, 2010
From the moment you open this book, the raw, masculine sexuality contained inside grabs you at the waist (if not a bit lower), pulls you close and holds you tight- launching an erotic assignation between you and the incredibly gorgeous men on the pages within. The draw from this book is no tender embrace, however; this is an unbridled session of lustful passion between men.

You won't find any twinks within the pages of Mucho Macho; if that's what you're after, head to Bel Ami. This beautiful volume is a celebration of masculinity and manhood - or at least the version of ideal perfection of it that we consider most desirable. Speaking of which - desirable, that is - that may be the one word that describes these men perfectly.

In exposing these men's natural beauty, for the most part, Venezuelan photographer Rubendario hits the nail on the head. Aside from one or two guys who got a bit overzealous with a razor (read: completely bare "down there"), the men of Mucho Macho are exactly that; strong, solid, staid, and making no apologies for their open display of raw sexuality. In fact, it's this unashamed manner and purely male stance that set these men apart from models in similar books that have tried to take on this subject. All too often the guys simply appear to be posturing; Rubendario's men, however, aren't just unashamed, they're also unaffected - which makes them incredibly hot.

Of course many male nude photography books have featured masculine men. Mucho Macho succeeds where others have failed, however, thanks to the clear skill and obvious vision of the photographer and the exceptional design of the book itself. As strong as the men, are the photographs themselves, which (again, for the most part) are simple and uncomplicated.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Cook on October 9, 2010
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I have a huge collection of Male Photography Books. This book is interestingly different. The first thing I noticed is that 90% of the photos are very dark. As much as I like the male body, it is more difficult to see the definition of the male form. The book is divided into 4 different concepts of art. The clown faces made me chuckle. Sexy with a sense of humor. I think my favorite photos are the ones with the flowers and head pieces on the models. I would love to see more of that by the photographer. The other thing I applaud is how he shows the entire body of some of the models from head to toe. Every part of the male body is beautiful and sexy and should be shown. The photographer has a good eye and the book is very artistic. I am glad to have it as part of my collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Lewis VINE VOICE on December 18, 2012
The young men whose images are collected in "Mucho Macho" are indeed genuine beauties, and anyone appreciative of male beauty will surely enjoy gazing at these pictures. But there is very little of the "machismo" referred to in the book's title, much less "mucho" of it. Instead, what is captured here with great skill -- if unintentionally -- is a contemporary, highly commercial and generally unimaginative expression of what masculinity must look like draw from the overlapping worlds of high-end marketing and the erotic aspirations of middle-class gay white men. The photographer's background in fashion and marketing is obvious here: the poses and ambiance that presumably are intended as expressions of a raw masculinity are anything but, but do jump out as the intensely scripted studio shots for glossy magazines from which they obviously derive. The pretty young men with perfectly chiseled physiques and flawless complexions on display here might better be thought of as what one might meet in trendy and exclusive gay clubs in West Hollywood or at a party in the best section of the Pines on Fire Island during the height of the season surrounded by fawning admirers, rather than as the kind of men whose masculinity is referenced in the title of this work, and only distantly in the photos themselves. The best analogy for the machismo of "Mucho Macho" is the kind of computer-generated recreations of by-gone eras that one sees in contemporary documentaries on ancient Rome or the dinosaurs of the Jurassic: its the best that those creating it can do based on available archeological or fossil evidence on a world that they have never experienced. As such, "Mucho Macho" is an insightful look into the sensibilities of middle-class gay white men (and others who share or aspire to it) where masculinity is both glamorized and banished. But this, of course, is a very interesting cultural Freudian slip.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 1, 2010
Rubéndarío is a Venezuelan born artist now living in Europe where he has redefined fashion photography as well as opening the key to the secrets of just what makes the male model special. His eye is sensitive to the sculptural aspects of the body and with his extraordinary ability to manipulate light and shadow and combine that power with the right sort of models results in offering the viewer a way of looking at human flesh in a wholly unique way. His art is presented here in MUCHO MACHO with great dignity and style on a very large scale (the book measures over 13 1/2" X 10 1/2"), designed by Joris Buiks in the inimitable style of Bruno Gmünder Verlag. The result is a work of art that calls for attention from museums and all art collectors.

The first section is a collection of phenomenal models, in portions of clothing that allow their attributes to be the focus. The second section is devoted to not only a number of beautiful torsos with lighting that allows the viewer to understand and appreciate surface and suggestion, but also to a series of poses in which Rubéndarío places his models in open box fronts in contorted positions, much like the well known paintings by American artist E. Gibbons. The third section celebrates the clown or harlequin and the artist has placed facial makeup on his models, allowing them to establish poses more private behind the 'masks' of the models but more suggestive to the viewer. The next section marries the use of natural flowers that attempt to vie for the beauty prize with the models, and while the contest is clearly in favor of the models, this section feels more contrived than sensual.
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