Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Giovanni: Bites

Giovanni, pseudonym of a renowned photographer mainly active in the fashion line of business, has been exceedingly successful in shooting male nudes over the past years. Most of us will be acquainted with his pictures without even knowing his name. He has been working for a couple of years on the art project which Bruno Gmünder Verlag presents in a hardcover edition.

This coffee-table book has long been waited for! The best part of the male body at last is given its well-deserved photographic appreciation. A monument of pure carnal desire, exciting portraits and close-up shots. In colour and black-and-white, bluntly, untamed and direct. Giovanni pays homage to the cock in a forthright and many-faceted way, be it circumcised or uncut, shaved or pilose, limp or stiff – this book is a must for any who has (or wants) one. Faces are never shown, the viewer slips into the role of a furtive observer, and a forbidden-voluptuous feeling creeps up while turning the pages. The artist almost fully leaves aside decorative trimmings – and lets the facts speak for themselves… A true voyeuristic delight!

Photobook, hardcover, 112 pages, 7 x 9.5 inch, 17,8 x 28,5 cm