Tuesday, November 11, 2003
As unyielding as most photographers are when choosing female nude subjects -- how often do you see fine art photographs of women with visible stretch marks, scars, or cellulite? -- they're just as hard on male nudes. Generally the body-image tyranny found in gay subculture holds: no fats, no femmes, no body hair, no plain faces. Photographer Laurie Toby Edison turns that image on its head with her book Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes. These stark-nekkid guys are regular types, with their moles, wrinkles, and sags on display, and the natural facial expressions of gents you might see at a coffee shop or in line at the supermarket. Her subjects aren't supermen, but Edison delivers gentle photos that are at once affirming, lovely, and subtly erotic. See for yourself at her book signing and slide show, starting at 8 p.m. at Good Vibrations, 1210 Valencia (at 23rd Street), S.F. Admission is free; call 974-8980 or visit www.goodvibes.com.
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