- Paperback: 226 pages
- Publisher: Bruno Gmuender GMBH (November 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3861874776
- ISBN-13: 978-3861874775
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 8.3 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,925,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Boys of Bel Ami Paperback – November 1, 2007
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The time has come â" the Bel Ami boys meet Howard Roffman; two of the most famous names of homoeroticism came together and created a new classic in male photographic art. Bruno GmÃ¼nder Publishing is proud to present this magnificent large-format, 220-page book. Be sure not to let this treat for the eyes pass you by! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Howard Roffman is fully committed to the representation of young men and their lives in his work. Like no other he manages to capture images of his boys, their passions and their search for tenderness behind the pose. Sensitively and respectfully he documents young men's awakening sexuality. The name "Bel Ami" is a legend, needing no additional introduction. Through their countless films and photo collections the boys of George Duroy have conquered the hearts of countless gay men the world over.
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This book, also known by a longer title, "Howard Roffman Meets the Boys of Bel Ami", takes a memorable selection by George Duroy (who was filming these lads for one of his moving images projects) from among Bel Ami's achingly beautiful young males to go along on what Howard Roffman, the photographer, refers as "eight glorious days [in 2004 at an holiday spot in] ... the lush seaside resort city [of] Capetown, South Africa". There the lads appear singly, as couples, and in groups, often interacting variously, as posed, or behaving spontaneously for the camera, by turns affectionately and/or playfully, usually delectably "buck-naked", but occasionally (and also very sexily) lightly and partially clad. These photos make an even greater impact in their larger format in the hardback edition than they do in the paperback reprint of smaller page size.
Whether one prefers Roffman's book or Benno Thoma's also copiously large collection for Bel Ami, entitled "Around the Globe" (which features among Thoma's naked lads some of the same male models who appear in Roffman's book) probably is largely a matter of taste, e.g., a preference for mostly colour photography (Thoma's) or entirely black-and-white camera work (Roffman's), or a predilection for the sensibility of one photographer over the other's; both books and the young men posing mostly nude therein, are exquisitely lovely examples of erotic photography at its best.
While I prefer some of the youths themselves in Bel Ami's various films and books over others among them, my very favourite, for example, being slenderly sinewy Ken Christy, of winsomely soulful gaze, whom I like to call "the Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy 'kid look-alike'", photos of whom appear only occasionally in some of the books and in at least one video, but, alas, not here in Roffman's "The Boys of Bel Ami" or in Thoma's "Around the Globe". Undeniably, however, each young dude has his own manifold array of alluring physical assets. One hopes that the market for these books, for this one as well as for the others from Bel Ami, especially those in the original series -- there being a "new generation" of Bel Ami models that, to me, in general, is, on the whole, marginally less appealing -- is not so meagre that they all will disappear from print, as seems to be the fate even of some of the various Bel Ami videos. All of the Bel Ami series of books (and, of course, of DVDs), not least among them this title, readily attract a gay man's attention and will generate sheer wonder, even awe, in him on beholding the beauty of the naked male form in the full flush of youthfully post-pubescent early maturity, as Howard Roffman has posed and photographed these young male models so splendidly.
There is a welcome avoidance in Roffman's "The Boys of Bel Ami", as there is also in Benno Thoma's "Around the Globe", of raw, lasciviously explicit, downright raunchy "action" photos of the sort that abound in (and too frequently mar) the often potentially equally serene beauty of young male models as such guys have posed in more pornographic output of other producers, the sort of sheer lewdness that Bel Ami (at least in its books) rightly shuns. Nonetheless, there are some photos of the models in both books showing them with enticingly full erections, yet avoiding undue vulgarity. These guys often look to be on the verge of launching into anal or oral sexual penetration one of another, or, especially alone, of masturbation, but the camera tastefully catches their affectionate, erotic play short of that, albeit barely at times!