Friday, August 10, 2007

Jay Diers: A Night at the Motel

Jay Diers is at it again! The young photographer from Iowa took a chance looking into American motel rooms and surprises us anew with unusually intimate, warm-hearted and yet in-your-face portraits. The bored farm boys of the American Midwest seem as if they’ve just been waiting for their chance to finally show themselves to the world! And so they pose, beguile with their young bodies and seem to be saying just one thing – “Take me!” But the photos never seem blatant or exploitative thanks to Diers’ respectful and dignified handling of his models. This is a magnificent portrait of American youth!

Across 120 pages Diers presents moody snapshots, running the gamut from young men’s melancholy in the solitude of American motels on the one hand and budding sexuality and awakening into a yet undiscovered corporality on the other. Diers’ unique color schemes and the self-confident demeanour of his young models contrasts with the never-changing visuals of various motels. A sensual, naughty atmosphere infuses the book and proves the artist a master of intelligent erotic photography.

Jay Diers was born in the American Midwest and has been working as a freelance photographer and graphic artist for 14 years. His images of raw beauty have graced the pages of various magazines like BLUE. Jay really enjoys capturing these tall lanky farm boys from Iowa. This is his second book of photography after his wildly successful RAW YOUTH.

Photobook, 120 pages,full-color / duotone, hardcover
7.5 x 10.25“ / 19,5 x 26 cm
Release Date Europe: August 2007
Release Date USA: October 2007