roy blakey

Des Hommes… Des Reves… (1979)

Des Hommes… Des Reves… (1979)
Gigolos (1981) 52 pages, 5 models

“Ignoring the long-held taboo and belief, that such a “shocking” subject was unworthy of serious photography, Roy Blakey began photographing naked men in his New York City studio in the late 1960s, and inadvertently became a pioneer.

Blakey’s unique vision was to eliminate all props and backgrounds, and simply focus on the naked male body, enhanced only by his masterful lighting technique.

In 1972 Blakey released his first book; a self-published, slender, slipcase book simply titled “He.” Blakey’s monograph with its unabashed presentation of nude men was a bold first step, which pried open the door to greater acceptance, appreciation, and respect for male nudity in photography.

After the appearance of “He”, Blakey’s renowned works were exhibited at the legendary Continental Baths in New York City and were widely published internationally, including three special editions of Roy Blakey Nudes by “Masculin International” in France.” — ROY BLAKEY PHOTOGRAPHY”

4 replies on “roy blakey”

Okay, fifth pic down, the first b&w. Young Bob Blount/Lloyd Casper, yes? I have the pix from a Honcho spread. I love his look then, before his hair got all poofy and he started shaving his beautiful bush. But darn, he tucked his foreskin back for these shots. Funny, since later on his gorgeous uncut cock became a calling card. I’d like to see him with it all put together: his beard, bowl cut, big bush and nice brown foreskin with the glossy head peeping out. But we can’t always have everything we want, can we?

“David Dillon”? OK, I’ll add the name to my files. Wonder what his real name was. I remember reading once that he was a hairdresser, which I guess explains the later big hair with blond highlights. I’m still perplexed by the close-cropped crotch on such an otherwise hairy guy. But then, Al was doing it back then too. No explaining taste. At least he never got tattooed.

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