Saturday, November 25, 2023

Stanley Stellar

One of the things I like most about doing this blog is that I often find "new" photographers while doing research for topical themes.  That happened again recently when I was doing a series on The Piers of the West Village, and several excellent photos by Stanley Stellar showed up.  That led me to a wealth of material on line and a quick and deep respect for Mr. Stellar's work.  As I discovered and you will see, he was not obsessed with in your face genitalia like some of his peers, but he still conveys impactful sexuality. The photo above was made in 1981 by Peter Hujar at The Piers.

For a change of pace, I am only giving model names and dates (when known) 
and not writing captions for today's set.  I'm asking you viewers to do it in the comments,
and I will reply.  There are some subtle and not so subtle elements that you may 
enjoy more if you find them for yourselves.   


  1. Thanks for this post. It encouraged me to pull out my copy of "Stellar Men" published by Bruno Gmunder in 1992. Many of Stellar's photos are extremely erotic without being blatantly sexual. He addressed many of the same issues and fetishes that his contemporaries were also looking at, but he generally was able to get his point across with far fewer props. It is a real pleasure to enjoy his work again!

    1. You're quite welcome, Tom, and thanks for commenting.

  2. Stanley is a sweetheart, I've known him for years and it is always a joy when I see him at a Leslie-Lohman function!!!

    1. Nice to know that! Thanks for your personal insight.