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Uncovered is comprised of ten chapters, each presenting at least ten full-page reproductions by a different photographer. Each chapter begins with a brief text that tells the fascinating stories of each photographer's work and how it has been uncovered. Many photographers worked undercover, carrying on entirely different careers in the daytime and then taking their covert pictures on the sidelines, with studios hidden away in basements and attics. Many used aliases to conceal their identities. Some of their archives were hidden away for decades in closed archives under lock and key. Other caches of photos were barely saved from the incinerator only by the intrepid research of passionate collectors.
Reed Massengill is a photographer and writer whose work has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for biography. He has authored and edited several books, including Self-Exposure: The Male Nude Self-Portrait and The Male Ideal: Lon of New York and the Masculine Physique. Victor Skrebneski is celebrated as one of the world’s finest fashion and portrait photographers. His published books include Five Beautiful Women.
"InUncovered, the male nude photographs relate to ecumenical traditions of art. Some of the artists included here are remembering the Sistine Chapel ceiling in Rome, with Michelangelo’s figure of God creating Adam. Or perhaps an earlier, archaic period prior to full development in Greece–when artists strived to capture the human male figure in motion, with natural anatomical structure and proper proportions. The mysterious, procreative power of the male body is of such majesty that it symbolized creativity since the dawn of art."
~Excerpted from Victor Skrebneski's introduction toUncovered
Excerpted from Uncovered: Rare Vintage Male Nudes by Reed Massengill All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.