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Product Details

  • Series: Klotz
  • Paperback: 767 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; 1ST edition (October 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822879665
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822879665
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.7 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

It is impossible to separate out the history of representations of the naked male from the history of gay male culture, sensibility, or erotica. From the statuary of classical Greece to Michelangelo's David to the photography of Robert Mapplethorpe, the nude male form has signified for gay men not only sexual desire but homosexuality itself.

David Leddick's The Male Nude is an almost 800-page survey of the nude male in photography of the past century that presents us with the changes in body type, beauty, and sexual affect that have occurred over the past 100 years, but with evolving notions of "art" and "culture" as well. From Victorian prints of strong men to the "health" photos of the 1940s and '50s to the works of contemporary artists such as Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber, and Nan Goldin, David Leddick charts the evolutions that the male body--and gay culture--have taken for ten decades. --Michael Bronski


More About the Author

David Leddick is an author, playwright and actor.

He has 22 books published: many photography books about the male nude (including one of Taschen's top-ten bestsellers, "The Male Nude"), and the second edition of "In the Spirit of Miami Beach" (from Assouline Books).

Leddick has published six novels (including "My Worst Date" and "The Sex Squad"), and a biography of art figures from the 1930s and 1940s, "Intimate Companions."

The author's newest book, "Gorgeous Gallery," is a collection of homoerotic art published by Bruno Gmunder and will be available worldwide in June. Leddick's next book will be "Meaningless Hugs, Meaningless Kisses," an impressionistic "imagined memoir" about a gay man's life in his 70s.

He was born in 1930, and after graduating from the University of Michigan served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He was at Bikini Atoll during the hydrogen bomb testing. Leddick moved to New York in the 1950s, and was a ballet dancer. He was with the Metropolitan Opera where he appeared onstage with great Divas such as Maria Callas.

Leddick has worked in advertising as the Worldwide Creative Director for Revlon in New York, and as International Creative Director for L'Oreal in Paris, through the 1970s and 1980s. He created some of the era's most iconic beauty campaigns (including the groundbreaking TV commercial for Jontue fragrance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDsPLNT2qq0).

He began a new career at the age of 65 as a writer, creating male nude photography books and writing novels. His first novel, "My Worst Date," was the most reviewed first novel from St. Martin's Press.

Resuming his theater career at the age of 70, he has written the scripts and lyrics for a number of musicals and plays he has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and South America.

Now in his 80s and living in Miami Beach, Leddick wants to write about reporting back from what he calls the "uncharted territory of aging." He considers living in his 80s to be the new late middle-age: "After romantic relationships and living life to the fullest through my 70s, I feel like I have gone out into an unknown frontier from which no one has reported back." His next books about this are "How to Hit 70 Doing 100" and "Sexercise at 70."

"I call everyone who is over 65 a Sextennial, and we are all going to share a new, rich experience in this last third of our lives - a productive and exciting time which has never existed historically before."

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 5, 1999
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Any one who describes this book as "Just another example of a old man taking pictures of young men" has very probably never seen the book, which includes such diverse photographers as German Leni Reiffenstal and American Robert Mapplethorpe, and which occasionally extends its scope to include photographs of male and female nudes. The photographs range from great art to the trivial effort and from haunting beauty to the occasional effort to shock-- the latter of which focuses, ironically, less on nudity than on activity. While I recommend the book, I must note that the accompanying text is fairly insignificant and the images selected from 1950-1990 are considerably less interesting than those of 1900-1950. I must also note that this is NOT an "outsize" or "coffee table size" book; rather, it is a very thick but otherwise standard-size book; this, however, does not really detract from the content.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1998
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This book is essential to anyone who loves the sublimity of the human male form, whether of straight Or homoerotic nature. The beautiful photographs cover the male nude from 1870's to the present. Many Rare and Never-Before-Seen Photos are inside, on every page. Kinda wish it was hardcover, but that's about my only complaint. A must-have for any lover of the human form or anyone studying the human form. Excellent and Unprecedented!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1998
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The Male Nude is the best book I have seen depicting the male anatomy. The sheer volume of material gives the reader an extrordinary chance to see excellent pictures that may have gone unseen had it not been for this publication. If anyone is seriously interested in fine art as well as erotic and sometimes haunting images then this book should be in your collection! (I hope that Leddick will release a part two to this one!!!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bjørn Smestad (bjornsm@hotmail.com) on May 1, 1998
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This book gives an extensive tour of the history of male nudity in photos. The text is interesting, but it is of course the photographs that catches the eye... From early anonymous photographers, to the present stars Mapplethorpe etc., we are given the chance to explore the natural beauty of male nude photography.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Curtis Lane on June 3, 2002
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There isn't much else I can say that I didn't cover in the title of my review. This is a good collection of photographs divided into time periods, each of which is given a brief essay introduction by Leddick. Leddick, while not a brilliant art historian, is the best I've found on this controversial and often overlooked artform.
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