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Out of the Studio Hardcover – September, 1991

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 71 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (September 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312064357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312064358
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 11.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,256,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Bianchi is one of the most published visual artists and writers in the world.

His nineteen books of photographs, poems, and essays primarily cover the gay male experience in a variety of contexts - from aesthetic philosophy - IN DEFENSE OF BEAUTY - to poetry to erotic photography. He is currently working on an album and stage presentation of some poems being set to song from his book MEN I'VE LOVED.

Tom was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. He got a law degree at Northwestern and practiced corporate law for ten years. At thirty -four he left his position as Senior Counsel at Columbia Pictures, tore up his law degree, pasted it into a painting and had his first one man show with Betty Parsons and Carol Dreyfuss in New York. Shortly thereafter, Tom had his first major museum retrospective at the Spoleto Festival in 1984.

In 1990, St. Martins Press published OUT OF THE STUDIO, Tom's groundbreaking book of male nudes, frankly gay and affectionally connected. That book opened a door for more honest visions of gay men and a better understanding of their intimate lives. Thereafter, nineteen of Tom's books have been published, three documentary films about Tom's work have been distributed, and Tom's work has been published in more than thirty anthologies on the male nude. His ON THE COUCH series, DEEP SEX and EROTIC TRIGGERS deal with the expression of conscious sexual energy. This body of work has earned Tom respect as one of the most important artists dealing with erotic imagery and imagination. His body of work is the largest record ever made by a single artist of a culture's intimate life.

Tom also co-founded a biotech company, CytoDyn, developing a new therapy for treatment of HIV / AIDS. is Tom's website that includes detailed information on Tom and his work. Tom writes a blog which is a showcase for new work and the world as he sees it. The posts are fun, witty and sexy. And for people who want to go behind the scenes there is a huge archive of over 20,000 images with weekly updates in the Members Area.

Facebook: TOMBIANCHIFANPAGE - Here you will find updates on Tom's work and includes photo galleries from shoots as well as Tom's travels around the world.

Twitter: Follow Tom @tombianchi

You can reach Tom directly through all the places above if you are interested in being a subject of his books and films or are interested in collecting Tom's work.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert on December 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who loves the male form will love Bianchi's Out of the Studio. This photographer is not erotic, romantic, nor pornographic. Rather he is narcissistic in the best classical Greek tradition. To admire perfectly developed male bodies, and perhaps draw them, this is the book to buy. But after awhile these beauties become much like Lil' Abner and the other beautiful men of Dogpatch, USA-- too self absorbed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Collins on January 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In the introduction to this book of photography of nude males, Bianchi points out that rarely do photographs capture nude men touching each other and he rightfully points out the historic and cultural taboos that arise around men touching men, especially when both are nude. Thus many of his photographs capture men touching. This alone is a significant contribution to the history of photography. The photographs included show nude men at play, primarily in the water, or in affectionate embrace, just bordering on the erotic. He often photographs nude men in action, which is actually some of his best work; but also photographs nude men in poses that emphasize the sculptural aspects of the nude male body. There are several photographs where the photographer is reflected in a mirror or window and this reveals that Bianchi may often photograph nudes while he himself is also nude. This aspect of his work is worthy of investigation and comment since it would appear that a nude photographer would reduce the power differential between the photographer and the model, thus allowing the model to be more at ease, more relaxed and conversational, maybe more informal, which would then be reflected in the photographs. The models are absolutely perfect specimens of the young muscular white human male. Bianchi says that he wished to provide a mirror for his models so that they could see their own beauty. This resonates with the practice of the photographer also being nude during the photography session for the photographer is a mirror of the model. Look at photograph 32, ‘Kieren, Serge, and Me’ and you see the photographer and photograph as mirrors of the models and vice versa. The photography has an ideal, structural, polished, minimal aspect.Read more ›
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4 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was given this book by a friend thinking I would be titalated by the photographs. While the men pictured are photographed well for the most part (and are quite attractive), I was disturbed by how Mr. Bianchi photographs himself and appears to be having sex with a model in one of the images. It leads me to believe there is more happening here than just a love of photography. And since Mr. Bianchi has acknowledged publicly that he is HIV +, I wonder what these sexual encounters say to the public. The quality of the photographs are great, though. :)
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