In the next few months Planet Homo will be sponsoring a photo exhibit that will be hitting major cities in the United States and hopefully Europe. Featuring the work of Joe Oppedisano (pictured), Karl Simone, Brandon Herman, Michael Childers and Mel Roberts, the show will look at the state of male erotic photography past and present. Men have been photographed since invention of the camera. There has always been a special quality and story attached to images. During the early 50s and 60s, photographing men was usually done under the guise of athletics, fitness and wrestling generally in jockstraps. Nudity, though prevalent was also against the law. Photographers were arrested, files and images confiscated.
With an evolving culture the late 70s and 80s, photographers such as Bruce Weber and Herb Ritts expanded the notion of photographing men by shooting them in naturalistic and less tableau settings.
Throughout all images of men there runs a current of exploration, a discovery of form eliciting a revelation about what is to be male, to be seen, to be alive. And that has not changed in the current climate of digital photography and the abundance of images to be seen on a daily basis.
This exhibit explores the relationship between images both old and new. Photography is essentially timeless, and male photography is virtually without fashion, instead always focused on the object of desire, revealing only the relationship between photographer and model.