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Household Idols Hardcover – December 1, 2008

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Mark Henderson worked for many years as an art historian at a leading cultural institution in Los Angeles but is now a full-time photographer. Although he continues to work occasionally in California, Henderson shoots primarily in his home state of Texas.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bruno Gmuender (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3867870152
  • ISBN-13: 978-3867870153
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1 x 13.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,320,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Hough on December 23, 2008
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Having seen many, many coffee table books over the years of this genre, I was blown away by many things in this book. First and foremost is the incredible photography by Mark Henderson, one of the best in the business of photographing the male body. His photographs drip with sensuality! His lighting, use of clothing, props is exquisite, just enough to create a mood but not take away from the model. His post production takes the images a step further and creates a new level of creativity. Leafing through the book just when you think you have seen it all, Wham, bang, another great image appears. Then there is the carefully thought out layout and design of the book and I must compliment the publisher for doing a great job, very remarkable. A truly magical piece of art
John Hough
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HOUSEHOLD IDOLS : What an intensely vivid journey into the realm of masculinity this huge book is . It is hard to drink in all the color, vivid energy, and clarity on each of the many pages of this book . Each virile model seems alive and readily envelopes you with their beauty . This is a great unique work . Another awe inducing treasure of male photography at its best from the penultimate male publisher Bruno Gmunder Verlag .
Kudos to MARK HENDERSON photographer and artist
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I ordered HOUSEHOLD IDOLS after reading the four reviews (each five-stars) as I do love a good Art/Photography book on the male form.

Having just received the book this afternoon, I am far less impressed than the other reviewers: 1, I do not like the tinting on some of the images - it looks artificial; 2, many of the images of the men are in odd and hackneyed poses (some actually made me laugh they were so silly - not the book's intention); 3, most of the models have already been featured in MEN (Magazine) with much better lifestyle shots - focusing on the man, not the drapes, countertops, sofas, etc.

However, I am giving this book three stars as there are some very hot models and a few amazing images that are very tantalizing (albeit less than a majority of what's featured).

Save your money and keep your Men Magazine(s) for inspiration. This was one expensive lesson for me to wait for more reviews to be published with alternative views (so I can weigh the pros and cons).
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Reviewing a book of photographs is tough. Everyone's taste is a little different and who is to say whether what appeals to one but not to another is worth the argument. And yet, these photographs evoke for me the Great Renaissance Painters, Michelangelo, Titian, etc. but with surreal highlights and shadows--deep, radiant, and other-worldly. And don't let me fail to mention, like the Masters, the photographs here are oh so excruciatingly erotic. Men like this can make even the strong quiver. If you buy one photobook this year, make it this one and you will have no regrets.
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