The Ideal, Photographed

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UncoveredUncovered: Rare Vintage Male Nudes
by Reed Massengill
Universe Publishing. 160 pages, $45.

 

WELL KNOWN for his own male nude photography and nonfiction writing, Reed Massengill has also edited several monographs on classic male physique photography, including Roy Blakey’s ’70s Male Nudes (2002), Champion (2003), The Male Ideal: Lon of New York and the Masculine Physique (2003), and Self-Exposure: The Male Nude Self-Portrait (2005). His latest volume, Uncovered: Rare Vintage Male Nudes (2009), is an homage to such photographers, mostly from the past, whose work has been rescued, in the author’s words, by “life partners and family members occasionally, but more often the rescuers have been passionate collectors at least a generation removed from the creators of the work.”

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