By Tom Bianchi
In this stunning collection of male nude photography, Tom Bianchi pays tribute to what has become the most famous setting in his highly acclaimed body of work -- The Outpost Pool. But the pool is more than a mere backdrop, for as Bianchi says, "We have made 'art,' we have memorialized the handsomeness of our friends, and we have enjoyed the camaraderie of one another. In this place we have realize a potential of our tribe today, making the story of our world as we like it." This extraordinary volume is a record of that story.
Tom Bianchi is the author of seven books of photography including Out of the Studio, Extraordinary Friends, Living with Dickens, In Defense of Beauty, and Among Women. A lawyer by training, his is currently a vice president of CytoDyn, a biotech firm engaged in HIV therapy development. He lives with his life partner, Mark Prunty, in Los Angeles.
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In this wonderful debut collection, Reed Massengill brings a fresh, innovative eye to the photographic study of the male nude. Massengill's work combines the very best qualities of classic male nude photography with a keen and often sublime artistic insight. Rarely have photographic studies of the male nude united these two characteristics so effectively. With an extraordinary sense of style, sensuality, and understanding of the unique grace and powerful physical beauty of the male figure, this impressive collection introduces to the world a major new artist.
Reed Massengill is a writer and photographer who divides his time between Knoxville, Tennessee, where he is restoring a small Victorian home, and an apartment in New York City. His critically acclaimed first book, Portrait of a Racist (SMP, 1994) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His articles and photographs have been published in the New York Times, Interview, Connoisseur, Art & Understanding, Forbes, Genre, Essence, Swim and Paramour, among others. You can drop him a note here.