George Platt Lynes: Photographs from the Kinsey Institute

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A celebration of the fine art photographs by the photographer better known for his fashion photography features reproductions of eighty of his most striking images, including portraits, nudes, and shots from the world of fashion and dance.

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Lynes paid his bills with fashion and portrait photography but is best known today for the work he cared most about--his homoerotic male nudes, which were little known in the 1940s and 1950s when he did them. It's hard to imagine Robert Mapplethorpe's or Bruce Weber's similar work, for example, had it not been for Lynes' precedent. Toward the rather sad end of his life in 1955, a patron came to Lynes--sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, who was eager to collect erotic photography and very interested in Lynes' pictures. Eighty images from the Kinsey Institute collection appear here, some of them male nudes but also portraits and fashion and dance work. Lynes knew how to make a beautiful photograph (his dramatic lighting techniques are breathtaking), and he had a deep sensitivity to human beauty. This well-chosen selection, both gorgeous and explicit (although never as outrageous as Mapplethorpe at his most notorious), includes only two of the photographs in George Platt Lynes Photographs 1931-1955 (1982). Essays by Kinsey curator Crump on Lynes' place in the art world and on homoerotic culture provide needed context. Gretchen Garner

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Lynes gained some fame in the Thirties as a surrealist-associated fashion and dance photograher and for a short time was chief photographer of the Vogue studios. He also produced a large number of nudes. Alfred Kinsey's purchases of hundreds of these negatives and prints supplied a large portion of Lynes's income in the early Fifties, when his commercial assignments dropped off and no market for male nudes existed. In two essays, Crump, curator of the Kinsey archives, does a fine job describing Lynes's professional and personal life and reevaluating the historical significance of Lynes's nudes, rightly claiming "Mapplethorpe's vision owes a great deal more to Lynes than heretofore recognized." Unfortunately, close to half the 80 beautiful, full-page reproductions are of his less-important commercial work, and the majority of nudes are in the more sanitized "sculptural" style, leaving the reader wanting more material to evaluate Lynes's relation to today's homoerotic photographers. Recommended for large, modern-photography collections. --Eric Bryant, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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