Thursday, August 24, 2023

George Dureau's Photos of Black Men

George Dureau (1930-2014) was a New Orleans artist best known for his charcoal drawings and his 1973-86 black and white photos of black men, dwarves, and amputees.  (Yes, you read that right.)  He also photographed some white men, notably America's first "out" gay athlete, David Kopay.  Mr. Dureau taught and inspired Robert Mapplethorpe, helping make him the icon he became.  Today we look at some African-American men, starting with Glen Thompson astride a table.



  1. Thank you for this wonderful series. I had never heard of George Dureau, but I'm art illiterate. I've seen a nude of David Kopay (though I haven't seen enough), but I don't know if it's Dureau's. You've been doing some fantastic series lately. I appreciate it. Keep up the good work.

    1. You're quite welcome, Leroy, and I appreciate your kind words.