One of Guglielmo Plüschow’s more famous photographs, oft included in a more brief summary of the era as one of the outstanding examples of his work; and yet in providing so many pictures from his catalogue, I have somehow missed one of the best-known. Depicted in gorgeous close-up, picking up the fine details lost in the larger scenes - this is a nude in which we can really appreciate the body displayed : each crease in his skin, the beautiful contours and casually elegant pose, the light catching the outline of his nipple against the darker background, and I wonder are the spots merely damage to the aging print, or moles upon his skin? I like to think the latter; those imperfections which add to beauty wherever they are, not only when appearing on the face.

One of Guglielmo Plüschow’s more famous photographs, oft included in a more brief summary of the era as one of the outstanding examples of his work; and yet in providing so many pictures from his catalogue, I have somehow missed one of the best-known. Depicted in gorgeous close-up, picking up the fine details lost in the larger scenes - this is a nude in which we can really appreciate the body displayed : each crease in his skin, the beautiful contours and casually elegant pose, the light catching the outline of his nipple against the darker background, and I wonder are the spots merely damage to the aging print, or moles upon his skin? I like to think the latter; those imperfections which add to beauty wherever they are, not only when appearing on the face.

Tucked into glorious overblown gilded frame, a touching portrait of two handsome sailors from the late 19th Century, with subtly hand-tinted cheeks. It is a pity their hat bands bear no ship’s name as it is always fascinating to find out that bit more about the background to these isolates images of unknown men.I’ve added a convenient tag for these splendid gold frames and other decorative mounts, gathered together here.

Tucked into glorious overblown gilded frame, a touching portrait of two handsome sailors from the late 19th Century, with subtly hand-tinted cheeks. It is a pity their hat bands bear no ship’s name as it is always fascinating to find out that bit more about the background to these isolates images of unknown men.
I’ve added a convenient tag for these splendid gold frames and other decorative mounts, gathered together here.

Adding to my small but lovely collection of pictures by Frank Eugene, unfortunately I’ve been unable to find the title or year for this photograph so if any of my ever-knowledgeable readers have the missing details, please do enlighten me.

Adding to my small but lovely collection of pictures by Frank Eugene, unfortunately I’ve been unable to find the title or year for this photograph so if any of my ever-knowledgeable readers have the missing details, please do enlighten me.

vintagehandsomemen:

Wandervogel, 1910s.

Not a great many spontaneous amateur photographs survive from the period before the War, when photography tended to be something of an event, for which a professional was employed. Only with the rising popularity of cheaper, simpler cameras would spur-of-the-moment snapshots like this become commonplace. So it is a rare and wonderful thing to see such irresistibly off-the-cuff larks performed before the photographer, the genuine smiles infectious, and the brief moment of jollity to be remembered forever.

vintagehandsomemen:

Wandervogel, 1910s.

Not a great many spontaneous amateur photographs survive from the period before the War, when photography tended to be something of an event, for which a professional was employed. Only with the rising popularity of cheaper, simpler cameras would spur-of-the-moment snapshots like this become commonplace. So it is a rare and wonderful thing to see such irresistibly off-the-cuff larks performed before the photographer, the genuine smiles infectious, and the brief moment of jollity to be remembered forever.

A distinct contrast to my previous post, this all sweet smiles and charming innocence! 

A distinct contrast to my previous post, this all sweet smiles and charming innocence! 

With his model draped in such a wanton, utterly deliciously debauched way, inviting not mere aesthetic admiration but outright lust and thoughts of satisfying deepest desires, turn-of-the-century photographer Vincenzo Galdi pushes way beyond the limits of decency in his era; abandoning all pretence of innocent artistic intentions, he creates some of the most startlingly sexual images of male nudity yet seen.

With his model draped in such a wanton, utterly deliciously debauched way, inviting not mere aesthetic admiration but outright lust and thoughts of satisfying deepest desires, turn-of-the-century photographer Vincenzo Galdi pushes way beyond the limits of decency in his era; abandoning all pretence of innocent artistic intentions, he creates some of the most startlingly sexual images of male nudity yet seen.

Four fine young fishermen, relaxing at leisure by the calm sea - an idyllic respite from the everyday labours of life. 

Four fine young fishermen, relaxing at leisure by the calm sea - an idyllic respite from the everyday labours of life. 

A delightful double portrait of two unknown gentlemen at the turn of the century. The good-looking fellow on the right - he of the delightful curls - looked familiar enough that I wondered if I had seen a picture of him before, but I realise it is only a passing resemblance to the quite memorably handsome chap in the darkest suit here.

A delightful double portrait of two unknown gentlemen at the turn of the century. The good-looking fellow on the right - he of the delightful curls - looked familiar enough that I wondered if I had seen a picture of him before, but I realise it is only a passing resemblance to the quite memorably handsome chap in the darkest suit here.

Photographed in his prime, a fisherman of Taormina. A little older than many of von Gloeden’s models and clearly that little bit stronger, broader; yet still naturally graceful in his pose, the tilt of his hips relaxed but lifted arms pulling each defined muscle taut, and oh what lovely long limbs - especially those shapely legs!

Photographed in his prime, a fisherman of Taormina. A little older than many of von Gloeden’s models and clearly that little bit stronger, broader; yet still naturally graceful in his pose, the tilt of his hips relaxed but lifted arms pulling each defined muscle taut, and oh what lovely long limbs - especially those shapely legs!

A second stunning photograph from Rudolf Lehnert, a more revealing continuation of an open-air yet intimate scene begun here. Though we may wish to peer more closely at the models themselves, the overall composition is expertly done, a fine tableau!

A second stunning photograph from Rudolf Lehnert, a more revealing continuation of an open-air yet intimate scene begun here. Though we may wish to peer more closely at the models themselves, the overall composition is expertly done, a fine tableau!

tuesday-johnson:

ca. 1860-90s, [tintype portrait of a man sharing the last of his drink with the other]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

What an endearing scene, whether ‘tis the smile or the tilt of the head the fellow on the right looks so very sweetly grateful for the last drops of the drink they’ve shared, and I do like that pattern on the floor!

tuesday-johnson:

ca. 1860-90s, [tintype portrait of a man sharing the last of his drink with the other]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

What an endearing scene, whether ‘tis the smile or the tilt of the head the fellow on the right looks so very sweetly grateful for the last drops of the drink they’ve shared, and I do like that pattern on the floor!

Male Nude With Staff, Gaudenzio Marconi, 1877 - another striking example of Marconi’s work, taken as anatomical reference for artists but with an enduring aesthetic appeal as a stand-alone image. Here majestic models are chosen for their maturity and power, rather than the youth and beauty of the charming young men in the Arcadian photographers’ catalogue.

Male Nude With Staff, Gaudenzio Marconi, 1877 - another striking example of Marconi’s work, taken as anatomical reference for artists but with an enduring aesthetic appeal as a stand-alone image. Here majestic models are chosen for their maturity and power, rather than the youth and beauty of the charming young men in the Arcadian photographers’ catalogue.

In these dreary grey days of winter not yet stirring into spring, let us look upon an idyllic scene of summer, think of the glorious Mediterranean sun on bare skin, the smell of herbs on a welcome breeze, hum of a thousand unseen insects in the air. Perhaps they can hear the sea, maybe the beach begins below their feet, close enough to the lapping waves that there’s a tang of windblown salt when they lick their lips.These pictures allow us to imagine ourselves, for a moment not only in another time but another place; to think how it must have been to pose for these pictures, which still delight viewers over a century on.

In these dreary grey days of winter not yet stirring into spring, let us look upon an idyllic scene of summer, think of the glorious Mediterranean sun on bare skin, the smell of herbs on a welcome breeze, hum of a thousand unseen insects in the air. Perhaps they can hear the sea, maybe the beach begins below their feet, close enough to the lapping waves that there’s a tang of windblown salt when they lick their lips.
These pictures allow us to imagine ourselves, for a moment not only in another time but another place; to think how it must have been to pose for these pictures, which still delight viewers over a century on.

vintagehandsomemen:

Nude with Trumpet, taken by Fred Holland Day (1897).

Typical of the extraordinarily lovely scenes composed by F. Holland Day, a young man of truly admirable form sits with easy grace in the raking light, every countour exaggerated by the brightness and deep shadowh, his modesty preserved with a slim ribbon spilling across one thigh. Many of Day’s photographs feature the addition of these distinctive and unusual borders of varying shape; most can never be found in their original full-page format.

vintagehandsomemen:

Nude with Trumpet, taken by Fred Holland Day (1897).

Typical of the extraordinarily lovely scenes composed by F. Holland Day, a young man of truly admirable form sits with easy grace in the raking light, every countour exaggerated by the brightness and deep shadowh, his modesty preserved with a slim ribbon spilling across one thigh. Many of Day’s photographs feature the addition of these distinctive and unusual borders of varying shape; most can never be found in their original full-page format.

vintagemaleerotica:

Male nude study.1919

Yet another shot from the 1919 set, detailing this time the musculature of the back. A kind reader has tipped me off that the black borders denote these were produced as slides; perhaps they were used in the classroom of medical students, or others needing a superior understanding of the workings of the human body, providing a much more lifelike reference than anatomical illustrations alone.

vintagemaleerotica:

Male nude study.
1919

Yet another shot from the 1919 set, detailing this time the musculature of the back. A kind reader has tipped me off that the black borders denote these were produced as slides; perhaps they were used in the classroom of medical students, or others needing a superior understanding of the workings of the human body, providing a much more lifelike reference than anatomical illustrations alone.