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Vitruvian Lens - Edition 3: Fine Art Male Photography (Volume 3) Paperback – January 2, 2014
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One of the many aspects that sets this quarterly journal of fine photography focused on the male form apart form other publications it simply taste. Each of the photographic artists represented is outstanding and the spectrum ranges from the teenage, immensely gifted new US artist Collin McAdoo whose works are suffused with a mystical sense and imaginative integration of figure and background, through the highly imaginative photomontages of Ze Diogo and Diamantino Jesus from Portugal, the myth inspired images of Enzo Troppo from Italy, the surreal images of Frank Aron Gårdsø from Norway, Michel Gelen's classically inspired nudes set within natural settings as well as sculptural studio images, and finally the sheer brilliance of the renowned, highly published photographic artist David Vance - one of the most gifted of the USA photographers of the human form.
Each artist's works are accompanied by sensitive and entertaining interviews that provide a window not only into the inspirations that initiate their works, but also some fine comments on the state of photographic art today. In keeping with all the publications from Firehouse Publishing there is a grounding influence of always placing the contemporary work in the presence of historic rudiments. The historical article in this journal is a succinct but incisive survey of the beginnings of photography as an art form and is greatly enhanced by the cooperation of BigKugels photographic image resource. All together this is as fine a journal on contemporary photography and its foundations as is available today. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, January 14
In this issue look for beautiful, sensitive reproductions of many fine works of art by artists like Collin McAdoo of Ohio; David Vance who has an impressive BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology; the duo team of Ze Diogo and Diamantino Jesus of Portugal; Italian born Enzo Truppo; Norwegian Frank Aron Gårdsø and Michel Galin who lives in Switzerland.
There is also an especially engaging and informative essay by art historian Grady Harp on “The Vintage Male” subtitled “Photographs: Inceptions, Conceptions, Contraptions, Art Regarding the Representation of the Male Figure.” I learned a lot! There are even websites noted for these artists in this issue and there is an intriguing reference to “Brooklyn Boys,” a collection of excellent photography by Danny Fitzgerald as well as a very relevant reference to another exceptional publication, “The Art of Man.”
I highly recommend this issue of Vitruvian Lens for true art aficionados, especially those of us who appreciate fine art of the male figure sometimes partially clothed and sometimes nude. This is an elegant coffee table book that is sure to generate a lot of intelligent conversation!
An amazing collection of some of the best figurative photography that just happens to be male focused. The publishers make no secret that they are trying to bring balance to an art world that overwhelmingly favors the female figure through their books.
Each photographer has a signature style, but all show a deep sensitivity to the human form. The interviews give us an unvarnished look into their creative processes, inspirations, and careers. Truly a collection of fine art, not slick fashion shots. We see artists that are well known internationally and fully established like David Vance, and others, like Collin McAdoo, who have never been published before.
The international point of view is refreshing. This edition includes artists from, the United States, but also Italy, Portugal, Norway, and Switzerland. Previous editions included artists from China, Greece, Israel, Brazil, France, and the Netherlands. I can't wait to see what edition 4 brings!
This is the kind of series, I hope, finds space in the bookstores of museums. It's just that good. None of the content need be hidden from guests, it's tasteful, artistic, and powerfully beautiful.