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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Lon of New York - The Classics


Lon of New York is said to have begun his nude male photography around 1936 at the urging of 
David Asnis, a fashion model who posed for him early and often.  A man of his times, he
 incorporated a lot of Classical influences, not the least of which was the use of columns in his photos.  Today we'll look at 10 of this type, starting with Richard Kirchner with a column that appears at least two more times in today's series.  See the last post for an almost folkloric story about it.

 

6 comments:

  1. His shoulders seem to be oiled, but not the rest of his body. The tan lines are clear, and he is a handsome devil. Oh, look, Jerry. A slight bit of my favourite shadow on his left thigh, just as a tease, maybe? Lol.

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    1. I wish more of these photographers had left memoirs. The we might know if some of these details were intentional or just lucky accidents. I will only say that given the lighting used and the way the models were frequently posed, I think the only surprise would be if the shadows were NOT there.

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  2. What a great start to this series. Mr. Kirchner is a handsome devil. Real movie star looks and a stunning physique. The classical influences really work well here. And without wishing to be crude about it, the photo beautifully captures his maleness. Definitely a keeper.

    Peter

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    1. No, not crude, Peter. It is a key element of the photo and I agree with your opinion.

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  3. From the hairstyle and the tan lines, we're looking at a picture taken in the mid- to late-1950s. The posing trunks of the period were the male equivalent of the fairer sex's "sensible pair of shoes" and designed in the front to hide rather than enhance. Not that Mr Kirchner needed much enhancement by the look of things and probably found them uncomfortable to wear.

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