Friday, June 25, 2010

THOMAS EAKINS/ painter/ photographer

Thomas Cowperthwait Eakins (July 25, 1844 – June 25, 1916) has been celebrated by American art historians as "the strongest, most profound realist in nineteenth-and early-twentieth-century American art". (Wikipedia) But much to the horror of some of his purist contemporaries, he often worked from photographs that he took himself. As a teacher, he was also controversial in his use of both genders of nude models in mixed gender classes. The first photo is Eakins himself (not necessarily taken by him) and the rest are subject studies taken by him.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

PETER BERLIN/ photographer/ porn star

          Any body remember Peter Berlin, iconic gay porn star from the '70's? If you've ever seen him or pictures of him, you are likely not to forget. But the perhaps little known fact about him is that he was his own photographer. Born in Europe of impoverished aristocrats, and starting his career there, he was responsible for the complete fabrication of his image and persona, from the well known 'Dutch Boy' hair cut to the really tight pants. He especially came into his own when arriving in America. He created and fabricated (i.e. sewed) all the very provocative clothing that he wore, and did his own photo shoots. For images that were not perfect, such as under or over exposed, or rejected for other reasons, he turned them into pieces of art by hand tinting them and creating fantastical scenes.
          He is alive and well, in his 60's, hates getting older, and still living in San Francisco. I watched an interesting documentary on him recently Peter Berlin: That Man. His web site is here.
          And so, for those of you who have forgotten or have never seen him, I give you Peter Berlin.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS/ GayWisdom

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, American actor, born; A Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actor best known for his roles as the teenage doctor Doogie Howser, M.D., the womanizing Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother (so brave to play straight, no?) and as a parody of himself in Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle and its sequel Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. On November 2, 2006, after a report about Harris' romantic relationship with actor David Burtka surfaced on www.Canada.com, Harris' publicist issued a denial, stating that the actor "is not of that persuasion." However, a day later Harris, who had long been openly Gay in his personal life and in the theater community, came out to Peephole....er...People Magazine. His statement read:  "The public eye has always been kind to me, and until recently I have been able to live a pretty normal life. Now it seems there is speculation and interest in my private life and relationships. So, rather than ignore those who choose to publish their opinions without actually talking to me, I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content Gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love." Like so many other actors who have come out, his career has actually taken off post-coming out, with, among other notable outings, hosting the Tony's with great eclát (followed closely by Sean Hayes...I wonder if they have this written into their "Coming Out Contracts or something?).

The above article comes from GayWisdom, a very informative email newsletter from the folks at White Crane Institute. This is from their website.


"White Crane Institute promotes the development of healthy Gay men and healthy Gay community.
White Crane Institute's goal is to foster the gathering and dissemination of information about the critical role sexuality and gender variation has played and continues to play in the development of cultural, spiritual and religious traditions and to provide a nurturing environment for the continuation and expansion of those explorations for the greater good of all society.
White Crane Institute projects include: the quarterly publication White Crane, White Crane Books: Books of Gay Wisdom and Culture, the Gay Men's Leadership Academy, the online GayWisdom.com Daily D igest, sponsorship of documentary film projects that explore Gay culture and wisdom, the biennial James White Poetry Prize, the OutWrite Authors Series and the Split This Rock poetry series in Washington D.C., the Queer Spirit Project in Salt Lake City, Utah and sponsorship of cultural content for LGBT community centers around the country. White Crane Journal is distributed in 23 countries.
Evolutionary theory demonstrates that nothing endures in Nature that doesn't provide some form of adaptive behavior for the good of Nature as a whole. There is ample historical, scientific and anthropological evidence to demonstrate that same-sex oriented people have been and are, critical components in the development of healthy, integrated societies concerned with deeper values and spiritual community.
To demonstrate the essential, unique gifts that the often marginalized GLBT community plays in the spiritual development of humankind, White Crane Institute seeks to reclaim, through self reflection, scholarly study, and research, the traditional and natural role of GLBT people in the evolution of contemporary society."   www.gaywisdom.org

I recommend White Crane and the work they do very highly. The daily emails about gay men and women throughout history are very enlightening and entertaining. Their magazine, White Crane, a great read. Consider giving them a look-see, and if you agree, perhaps your support.


Monday, June 7, 2010

ALINE & JACQUELINE TAPPIA/ photographers

Two female photographers (twins actually) with the eye of a gay boy for male beauty. The model is Alvaro Casavechia.

DIRECT DESIRE

Discovered a new blog today from a photographer into self-portraiture.According to the bio he is 31years old. Avid urban walker. student. eternal voyeur. Goes by the handle Photointerdit Here's one of his shots.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

CRAWFORD BARTON/ photographer

Crawford Barton, (1943 - 1993), was a well known photographer in the hey days of the San Francisco gay scene of the 1970's. He was a chronicler of a movement that would be witness to many social advancements for the world of gay men and women. One of his favorite subjects to photograph was his lover of 22 years, Larry Lara. I wish I could say that I was a friend of his, but I was not. However we did have many friends in common and were in many of the same places at the same times. Sadly both he and Larry were lost to AIDS much too early. The first photo is of Crawford, the second, third and fourth are of Larry, the fifth is a Castro Street scene, and the last is of Harvey Milk.

MEN KISSING MEN

As I have said before, images of men kissing men is one of my passions. In fact, I created a book about it. Ran across this image on another blog, Artistry of Male, and had to include it here. I love this pic!! If I knew the photographer, I would gladly credit them.