Thursday, November 02, 2006

Steven Underhill: Rassle

The Californian Steven Underhill has in his special way always understood how to amaze with his
photography. His black and white portraits of hunky native American boys are long since classics of gay photo art, his earlier picture editions are long since out of circulation. The photographer possesses an incredible sense for the right moment, the sunny American West Coast locations are chosen with great consideration and right from the start have always transmitted a feeling of freedom and the “Pursuit of Happiness”.

In his latest stroke of genius Steven Underhill shows a gang of wild boys in a playful competition of strength. Classical duels, man against man, rebelish, playful and at the same time surrounded by an incredible gentleness. Intertwining bodies form modern sculptures: exactly which fascinated the Greeks and Romans in ancient arenas is that what Steven Underhill transmits in his present day pictures. Fresh youthful bodies, a portion of self glorification and not least a little humour which makes for the excitement of his photography. A 96 paged book of delightful lightness and spontaneity.

Steven Underhill born in 1962 in Northern California already in his early childhood took Super 8 films of his friends. After studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, he returned to the famous Californian Wine Country in order to photograph the landscape of his childhood. Later he dedicated himself more and more to photography with which he has celebrated great success to the present day.

Photobook, hardcover, 96 pages, 7 x 9.5 inch, 18 x 24,5 cm