Sunday, January 22, 2012

MARCOS ZIMMERMANN / photographer

Marcos Zimmermann was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1950. He studied cinema there at the National Institute of Cinematography's Experimental Centre. There is a more complete bio on his website. Zimmermann says this about his own work: "My work is the result of traveling thousands of miles across Argentina, with the sole aim of showing some features of our national identity, sometimes
hidden or other times lost. I want to record those presences to be found in hundreds of places within our country,which make us what we are, and will remain forever in the heart of one who who has seen them".

One his projects was a series of nudes of ordinary South American men. Remarkable in that he was able to convince these men to expose themselves to such vulnerability. Being poor and working men, they were compensated as an enticement to participate. Marcos has this to say about the men. "All the men photographed here are but one man. A man repeated a thousand-fold across South America. These photographs are a testimony and a portrait of the different faces of this Southamerican man, of his environment and of his way of life".

Monday, January 16, 2012

MARK JENKINS / photographer

Mark Jenkins is a San Franciso based fine arts photographer who has a real talent with male nudes. His website does not have much to say about the man himself (what is with this trend?), but on the page that features his new book, Watermark, there is this little bit about him.  

Watermark is the debut solo book from the San Francisco based, fine art photographer, Mark Jenkins. Like no other photographer, Mark Jenkins captures the male nude with a masterful play of light and shadow, aesthetic precision and clarity. The viewer is presented with a provocative experience that is born of muscular bodies and intimate sensuality. In Watermark, Jenkins uses water as a glistening medium for his new works of liquid illusion with stunning men of classic beauty, strength and intensity. He photographs classic nudes, which focus on the male athletic form: muscular bodies, powerful and enticing in elegant duotone photography. The images seem to follow an inner rhythm and exude an irresistible but subtle eroticism that is never intrusive. 

I especially like when he chooses to use minimalist costume or props to set a scene or create a fantasy of some kind.

Only three of these images are from the book, I think. Google it if you want to see some, but I chose these images asI felt they were far more interesting.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

ZARO ROSSI by David Martin

Zaro Rossi was a body builder and photographer's model in the 1950's and was photographed most often by David Martin of San Francisco. Here is what one website had to say about him: Fire chiefs, college jocks, delivery men —somehow Dave Martin got them all to take their clothes of for his camera. A master of shadows and light, Dave posed Bay Area athletes and common men as classical characters. Martin and his work were featured extensively in the 1999 movie "Beefcake" which traced the lives of the male nude photographers of the mid-20th Century.

But when it came to finding info on Rossi, I pretty much came up blank. I find it hard to believe that this hunk was not popular enough to make a place for himself in the history of beefcake modeling. With those smoldering looks and bright smile, it is sad that there is not much to find on the man who was Zaro. One fan of a site that featured  some of Zaro's images claimed to have been a friend when they were in the Air Force and stationed in Florida in the 50's. He said that Zaro had lived in Phoenix, AZ until his death about two years ago at age 74.

He does appear to be a little guy, and I love small men, but there is nothing small about his physique. Thank goodness the photos remain to tell the story.

Monday, January 9, 2012

AURELIO MONGE / photographer

One of the fans of this blog has brought a Spanish photographer to my attention, one Aurelio Monge. (Thanks by the way) I looked him up. I think he's very good, in fact his series on classical and mythology themes is right up my alley. Good use of "costume" and props and set. As with many photographers, he has done his bit with San Sebastian, in fact a whole series devoted to this theme.  However, as you know, black and white photography is my passion, and here I was a bit disappointed. He has some rather nice b & w images, but not the same caliber as his color. So, I include here some of the classical and myth shots, with two in b & w and one from the San Sebastian series.. But check out his website to get a better range of his work and also Google his images to see some work not currently on his site.