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Black and White Men James Spada

Black and White Men

James Spada

Published December 31st 2000
ISBN : 9780967990828
96 pages
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Renowned celebrity biographer James Spada (Streisand: Her Life) turns his talents to the fine art of photographing beautiful young men. In this stunning hardcover coffee-table book, Spada presents 60 of his favorite and most sensuous images, printed in duotone on heavy coated stock.In his foreword to the book, Nick Johnson, the curator of the prestigious Gallery One at the New England School of Photography, where Spada recently had a one-man exhibition of these photographs, has written: James Spada is a gifted artist whose images are both beautiful and moving. Much of his work is reminiscent of classical painting and sculpture, particularly Michelangelo s statue of David. In these photographs one sees an idealized male form, muscles rippling, skin as smooth as marble, beautifully rendered through a masterful use of light and photographic technique. While Spada s control of these formal qualities would alone set him apart from most photographers working with this subject matter, his images contain other elements that rarely find their way into male nudes and which give them their uniquely dimensional quality. The sensual eroticism that these photographs convey emerges not only from the innate grace of Spada s subjects but from the way he sees these men as an integral part of the light that describes them.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:James Spada is well known for his best-selling, in-depth biographies of Bette Davis, Princess Grace, Peter Lawford, and Barbra Streisand. He has also compiled pictorial biographies of Ronald Reagan (to be published in January 2001), Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, and Katharine Hepburn, among others.Over the past several years, Jim has also become known for his evocative black-and-white studies of the male nude. He has had three one-man exhibitions, most recently in January 2000 at the prestigious Gallery One at the New England School of Photography in Boston. Ive been taking pictures since I was a teenager, Jim says, but it took a back seat to my celebrity books. Now I d like to be known as a hyphenate, a writer-photographer. Photographing people is very much like writing about them, except that Im creating the portrait with light rather than words. Light is as much a subject for me as the model.: