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Hardcover: 64 pages
Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Verlag; Bilingual edition (May 2010)
Antonio Bezerra ( also known as 'Didio') is a fine art photographer from Brazil. In this exceptional monograph THROUGH MY EYES he shares images of youths captured in moments that reveal pensive states, solitude, and playfulness, photographs taken en plein air in both richly contrasting black and white and lush color. For the most part these young Adonis figures are captured alone giving the viewer the sense that Bezerra has spent time waiting for the moment that shares the vulnerability of his models. The majority of the models wear swim trunks or underwear or levis: the emphasis here is on the beauty of the whole being rather than the artificially created erotica that other photographers seek.
And while the majority of these artistically beautiful images are of young men alone, Bezerra also shows some models interacting with each other, from the quite poses of two men in gentle black and white sense of friendship to a very special image of two men languidly posing in camaraderie on the beach of Brazil. In the center of the book is a celebratory double page image of eleven men in swimsuits tumbling in a explosion of goodwill and games that is as wonderfully noisy as the surf behind them - and just as lasting.
In short, this is a collection of photographs of the vitality, the beauty and the vulnerability of the young men who communicate with both the photographer, and subsequently to us, the unposed, unfettered, unplanned moments of being comfortable in their bodies, all as seen through the eyes of a gifted photographer, Antonio Bezerra, March 10
This is an unpretentious offering from Gmunder with the attraction that it takes us to South America for its models, of whom 34 are credited by name. The photographer has lived in Sao Paulo since age 20 and draws his inspiration from Bruce Webber among others. Here he succeeds in bringing together many good looking Latin American men and photographing them mainly in black and white, but sometimes in colour, which works very well. I am disappointed that the cover photo, which is among the strongest in this collection, is not reproduced in the body of the book - but this model does reappear in another guise - riding his saddle which has been slung over a fence. But still ...
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The beauty of these young Brazilian men is sweet, manly, sensuous yet often tenderly innocent, too, and is just totally irresistible. Grady Harp (in his glowingly positive comments for Amazon`s U.S. WWW site), such a fine reviewer of this kind of publication, is entirely right, as ever, in his own very pertinent remarks praising this work.
It would have been nice, though, if some of these lovely lads had been posed in full frontal nudity. Their masculinity just "drips", sweetly and fragrantly (not blatantly), from the page and it would be worthwhile to see all of it, fully nude, for a few of these fine young men, so long, of course, as any of them so singled out for potentially full frontal nude treatment would be willing, without any reluctance or pressure upon him as a condition to pose at all for such a book, to be photographed completely naked. The book`s introduction, however, claims that Didio (pseud. of Antonio Bezerra) intentionally was avoiding the typically posed positions of most male erotic photography, in order rather to capture images of handsome youths in casually informal everyday views (mostly in outdoors settings, at that), which in "real life" as usually experienced (apart routinely from athletic locker rooms, public showers, some public indoor or naturally-occurring outdoor swimming areas, or at nudist camps) one only very seldom would encounter men "au naturel", i.e. entirely buck-naked, even on public beaches! So, for the sake of consistency and for its prevailing mood, perhaps the book is better off, in this regard, just as it is, to such memorable effect.Read more ›
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