Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes

Edison, Laurie Toby

Published by Shifting Focus Press, 2003
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Synopsis: In general, if we see male nudes at all in this culture, we see only the most muscular and buffed of the weight-lifting culture. To counter these limited images, internationally exhibited photographer Laurie Toby Edison provides this suite of nude photographs of a wide variety of men. The men represent a huge variety in age, race, ethnicity, body type, social class, and level of physical ability. The men photographed include college professors, rock musicians, aerospace and warehouse workers, computer consultants, retired businessmen, dancers, disability activists, museum directors, and tattoo artists. The text, by Debbie Notkin and Richard F. Dutcher, features a long essay, "To Be a Man," as well as an assortment of quotations on masculinity from models and others.

From the Publisher: In a wholly original photo study of the wide variety of nude male bodies, photographer Laurie Toby Edison turns her photographic insight on the disturbing conviction of the vast majority of American men: "I did not get to be the man I was supposed to be." This conviction, of course, affects not only men, but the women who care for men and the children who are raised by men. In short, these photographs speak to everyone. As Susan Faludi's best-selling STIFFED: THE BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN MAN went beyond the conventional social assumptions about men, Edison's nude portraits go beyond the extremely narrow slice of male nudity and semi-nudity available in popular culture. These photographs speak to men's understanding of themselves and each other, as well as social understanding of men in general. These expectations directly affect men's actions and interactions with friends, family, and society.In a wholly original photo study of the wide variety of nude male bodies, photographer Laurie Toby Edison turns her photographic insight on the disturbing conviction of the vast majority of American men: "I did not get to be the man I was supposed to be." This conviction, of course, affects not only men, but the women who care for men and the children who are raised by men. In short, these photographs speak to everyone. As Susan Faludi's best-selling Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man went beyond the conventional social assumptions about men, Edison's nude portraits go beyond the extremely narrow slice of male nudity and semi-nudity available in popular culture. These photographs speak to men's understanding of themselves and each other, as well as social understanding of men in general. These expectations directly affect men's actions and interactions with friends, family, and society.

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Title: Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes
Publisher: Shifting Focus Press
Publication Date: 2003
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