When Lynes Worked for Pleasure

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George Platt LynesGeorge Platt Lynes: The Male Nudes
Edited by Steven Haas
Rizzoli.  256 Pages, $60.

 

IN THE LATE 1970’s and early 80’s in New York, exhibitions of nude male photography occasionally sprang up like daffodils, or at least that’s what it felt like to gay men seeking beautiful images of our dreams and fantasies. It was at that time that I discovered the exquisite work of George Platt Lynes (1907-1955), mostly through my friend and colleague, photographer Duane Michals. I had seen an image or two in exhibits, but Duane showed me a new book by Jack Woody of Lynes’ work, and I became a fan.

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