Calendar Dieux Du Stade 2012: Nude Athletes for a Cause

Calendar Dieux Du Stade 2012: Nude Athletes for a Cause

Originally created in support of charity, the popularity of the Dieux Du Stade Calendars has been credited for the increased fame of the Stade Français rugby team, as well as for rugby in general, in France. During the calendar’s 10 years, the basic concept hasn’t changed: the calendar features nude and semi-nude photographs of members of Stade Français, the Paris-based domestic French rugby team, and in more recent years, it includes players from other rugby union clubs. Photographed by Francois Rousseau, in his 3rd collaboration with Dieux Du Stade, the theme for 2012 tells the story of “survivors of a lost world, trying to get on board a ship.”

Calendar Dieux Du Stade 2012: Nude Athletes for a Cause

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The Photography of Herb Ritts: Distinctive Portraits with Monumental Sensuality

Herb Ritts, Richard Gere, San Bernardino, 1977

Herb Ritts, Antonio Rossi in Tag Heuer’s Form, 1997

Herb Ritts, Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood, 1989

Herb Ritts, Fred with Tires II, Hollywood, 1984

Herb Ritts, Paul, Torso, Los Angeles, 1990

Herb Ritts, Carlos Moyá in Tag Heuer’s Form, 1997

The Photography of Herb Ritts: Distinctive Portraits with Monumental Sensuality

Herb Ritts (1952-2002) occupies photography’s Mount Olympus, along with the most important fashion and glamour photographers of the late 20th Century, including Horst, Richard Avedon, Bruce Weber and Helmut Newton. His photographs are a pivotal reference in our collective cultural memory; the classical poses of celebrities and models with their clean lines and distinct forms are easily recognizable as his style.

Herb Ritts was self-taught and he took his cues from the desert landscape surrounding his home and his close proximity to Hollywood culture, evident in the graphic quality and visual simplicity of his photographs and the heightened glamour of their subjects. He inserts a sense of rigorous formalism that seems to be inspired by modernist photographers like Edward Weston, August Sander or Man Ray.

The Edwynn Houk Gallery in Zurich recently presented an exhibition of photographs drawn from the collection of the Herb Ritts Foundation. In addition, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, has recently acquired 69 black-and-white images by the late L.A. fashion photographer valued at close to $1 million, given by his foundation in a single transaction that was part gift and part purchase. A Ritts exhibition is being planned at the Getty, drawing in part from the new acquisition, for April 2012.

A Montage of Herb Ritts’ Videos and Still Images

Gallery: Photography of Herb Ritts/Distinctive Portraits with Monumental Sensuality

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A Steamy Sexy Time: An Amazingly Erotic Short Film

A Steamy Sexy Time: An Amazingly Erotic Short Film

Volume Sex is an amazingly erotic four-minute short fashion film directed Alexander Chernov and Alexander Lukin at LUCHPROD, a creative agency that collaborates with some of the most influential and acclaimed figures of fashion and art. LUCHPROD is said to have been a major influence for Mugler’s dramatically sexual fashion film, Brothers of Arcadia.

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The Very Sexy Brothers of Arcadia

The Very Sexy Brothers of Arcadia

Brothers of Arcadia is an amazingly erotic four-minute short fashion film for Thierry Mugler, which was directed by Branislav Jankic. The film features a number of mostly-naked men with stunning physiques to grab your attention. It starts off slowly with a dramatic, black and white beachside romp set to classical music, with the leading men wearing nothing but briefs and some bling. However, the mood quickly changes when vibrant colors emerge, as well as a bumping techno jam by Jessica 6. Viewers  are transported into a steamy underground photo-shoot that seems to have a Greek gods and soldiers theme, which is appropriate because these dudes are, like, chiseled from marble.

The Very Sexy Brothers of Arcadia

The Very Sexy Brothers of Arcadia (Uncensored Version)

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Nude Visions: 150 Years of Nude Photography

Nude Visions: 150 Years of Nude Photography

Nude Visions: 150 Years of Nude Photography is a collection of photographs representing the unclothed human body, images that have exuded a great fascination ever since time began.  The series of photographs presented here were selected from the exhibition Nude Visions held earlier this year at Museum Fur Kunst und Gewerbe (MKG), in Hamburg, Germany.  The exhibition invited visitors to embark on a journey through a collection of images of the human body that spanned 150 years.

Nude photography is always a process of negotiation between revealing and concealing, unveiling the ambivalence about what is visible and what is unseen, between shame and curiosity, of legitimation and provocativeness. How the naked body is treated is closely bound up with the specific social context in which it occurs, the ideas of morality and the aesthetic ideal of an era.  The subject of the nude or nudity is always influenced by both the historical artistic tradition and by the reactions to contemporary impulses, which in turn are interpreted by the photographer.  Images which were still regarded as being scandalous at the beginning of the 20th century, triggering moral misgivings and controversy about a subject perceived as being delicate, hardly bring a blush to the face of anyone living today.  It is not only the motifs which have evolved over the years, but also the reproducibility of the images, as well as the extent and manner in which media coverage of them has impacted the awareness and significance of nakedness in society.

Nude Visions: 150 Years of Nude Photography, MKG, Germany

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That Sticky Candy: Subverting Conventional Stereotypes of Gay Identity

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That Sticky Candy: Subverting Conventional Stereotypes of Gay Identity

Figurative Art by:  Scott Hunt, NYC

That Sticky Candy is a series of figurative art pieces by Scott Hunt, an artist whose work has been exhibited internationally and whose art is part of the permanent collection of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.  These charcoal and pastel drawings take their inspiration from 1940s and 50s photography; they present and subvert conventional perceptions of gay identity.  Hunt tackles the theme of homosexuality without the demure or closeted strategies often associated with gay subject matter in art.  In doing so, one discovers that his direct approach to homosexuality and gay male sexuality in visual art is, in a way, surreal as well.

For Hunt, the title of this series refers to a metaphor that speaks about how something that one might crave and be pleasured by can become messy and constricting.  In particular, gay men have been yoked to the  idea that they are hypersexual beings, and in this work Hunt attempts to point out how limiting that is, that a gay identity is infinitely more complex and broad than that.

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Herb Ritt: The Elegant Photography of Masculine Glamour

Herb Ritt: The Elegant Photography of Masculine Glamour

Herb Ritt began his photographic career in the late 1970s, quickly gaining a reputation as a master of art and commercial photography. Ritt was in fact self-taught. He came from a suburb of Los Angeles, near Hollywood’s stomping grounds for the fashionable set that he would later immortalize. While growing up, his next-door neighbor was to become the Hollywood “tough guy” Steve McQueen.

After studying economics at Bard College in New York, Ritt moved back to the West Coast and went to work as a sales representative for his family’s business. Along the way, he picked up a camera and began shooting photographs as a hobby. Ritt’s friendship with Richard Gere in the 1970s, as the story goes, led to a drive in the desert, a flat tire and an impromptu photo session with Gere at a service station that launched his photography career in Hollywood.

In addition to producing portraits and editorial fashion shoots for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview and Rolling Stone magazines, Ritt also created a large number of successful advertising campaigns. After 1988 he directed numerous influential, award winning music videos and commercials. His fine art photography has been the subject of exhibitions worldwide, and many significant public and private collections hold his works.

Portraiture of the nude physique is the main theme of Herb Ritt’s imagery: models, muscular men, athletes, bodies that express force, sensuality and beauty. Perhaps more than any other photographer of his generation, Ritt, who died in 2002 at the age of 50, redefined masculine glamour with his notoriously on-the-edge images of modern-day Adonises, whose highly muscular physiques he adoringly mythologized in his photographic studies.

Herb Ritt Montage Reel (The Herb Ritt Foundation)

Music Audio: Chris Isaak/Wicked

Herb Ritt: Elegant Photography of Masculine Glamour

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