I first wrote about Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell after they published their book, Loving: History of Men in Love 1850s – 1950s. Since then more than a few of their photos have found their way into my weekly Vintage Gay post. Now Hugh and Neil have collaborated with their friend Jackie Hoegger to create a short documentary chronicling reactions from around the world to their book, “LOVING A Photographic History of Men in Love 1850s – 1950s” you can watch here.
I dedicate this weekly post, featuring vintage gay photographs, to the men and women who lived in a more critical time where being true to yourself and loving who you want wasn’t always an option and came at a great price. Do you have a photo you would like to share? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you planning a trip to New York City later this year? The New York Historical Society Museum and Library has a free, outdoor exhibit that might be of interest to you. Entitled,Safe / Haven: Gay Life in the 1950s Cherry Grove, will run from May 14 – October 11, 2021 in the Museum & Library back courtyard. Out of consideration for public health, social distancing is required and timed-entry tickets need to be reserved here.
During weekends and summers in the pre-Stonewall era, gay men and women, including many New Yorkers, traveled to the secluded beach town of Cherry Grove on Fire Island where they found opportunities for sexual exploration and self-expression—behavior that was both stigmatized and criminalized in the US. Together with creative figures like Truman Capote, W.H. Auden, Carson McCullers, and Patricia Highsmith, visitors partook in costumed parties, theatrical events, and liberated atmosphere that this gay sanctuary provided. The exhibition explores the gay and lesbian community that flourished during the 1950s in Cherry Grove through some 70 enlarged photographs and additional ephemera from the unique holdings of the Cherry Grove Archives Collection.
More information about the 70 photographs that comprise this unique exhibit is available here.
I want to give the WR 2021 calendar a plug. Readers of this blog (I assume) are well aware of this calendar which started in 2009 to raise funds for the rowing program at the University of Warwick. The calendar is comprised of mostly heterosexual athletes who get naked and pose to send a very specific message for gay men: let’s celebrate your sexuality and show that you are welcome in the world of sports.
Starting in 2014 funds raised from past sales were used to form, Sport Allies, a U.K. registered charity. The mission of this charity is to make sport a more inclusive environment for everyone, and the Worldwide Roar remains the charity’s key funder.
If wall calendars are not your thing, but you like the idea of purchasing merchandise to support this group, check out the link below for other items such as apparel, books, prints and more.
Gareth Johnson is a writer who I enjoy following on Medium for many reasons. This past week on Medium he had an article entitled, Physique Pictorial continues to fuel our fantasies. The article introduced me to Los Angeles-based photographer, Bob Mizer, who first published in 1951 an all-nude, male magazine; pretty ballsy considering the times. Over the course of his career he would end up photographing thousands of men from a variety of walks of life.
Johnson says in his article that it was Physique Pictorial that first printed the drawings of Touko Laaksone (better known as Tom of Finland) and, which helped launch his career. Mizer passed away in the early 1990s but you can read the full article from Johnson about the man and the magazine on Medium.
You can see a lot more of his work in an article from The Advocate last spring:
For those of you who love Brazil, travel photographer, Giovani Cordioli’s Instagram account is worth checking out. Giovani captures beautiful images of Cariocas (Cariocas are people who live in Rio de Janeiro) and the natural beauty for which the city is so well known.
Most of Cordoli’s photos contain breathtaking images of the natural beauty for which Brazil is famous but my favorite photos are of Rio’s Guanabara Bay.
Shooting has started for the 2018 Red Hot calendar. Now in its fifth year, the organizers of the annual celebration of ginger men shared a video trailer of a shoot in London along with a new Kickstarter fundraiser to make sure it becomes a reality.
This year’s theme is ‘British Boys’ and proceeds raised will help the fight against homophobic bullying by raising money for the Ben Cohen STANDUP foundation. Below I’ve included the YouTube teaser video if you’ve yet to see it.
Towelroad has put out a call for what they refer to as “exceptional print-worthy images that convey the spirit, the people, and the beauty of America’s greatest gay destination,” a.k.a. Provincetown. The images will be used in their fourth annual edition of Ptown Hacks, and will be distributed all summer in more than 100 businesses across town and online. If you are unfamiliar with this publication you can see their 2016 digital edition here.
If you have images you would like to submit for consideration, email photos to email@example.com and include the words “PTOWN HACKS” in the subject bar and body of your email. The original article on Towleroad can be read here.
This photo captures a moment that has been a long time in the making. I have not lounged beach side since Sergio and I visited Miami in late January to escape Boston’s winter. Little did we know at the time that January and February would be more mild than the start of our spring.
In case you missed it, the blog Accidental Bear shared photos of the very handsome model arlier this week. The photos are fairly revealing or to put it more bluntly, NSFW. However, I think Matteo is incredibly handsome and wanted to share this one in particular. You can see the series in the link below.
Much thanks to the Accidental Bear blog for bringing this magazine and shoot to my attention. Colorado photographer, Lee Faircloth shared provocative photos of the very handsome models Francesc Gascó & Matt Lister.
I’ve selected one of my favorite photographs to tempt you, but you can check out all the photos in the latest issue of Fantastics Mag.
Thomas Knights began his career as a music producer and performer, but these days you are more likely to recognize his solo exhibition, Red Hot, which is an ongoing project to rebrand the ginger male stereotype. The success of the work has resulted in raising funds to end bullying, exhibits in London, Berlin, Amsterdam, New York and Sydney and now his 2017 calendar.
Sound interesting? You can check out Thomas Knights images from the 2017 calendar (note that it is most definitely not work-friendly). Like what you see? You can get yourself a copy of the calendar here.
Garçon Model’s selfie contest is in full swing now that summer has arrived. They are asking fans of their clothing line to take a selfie wearing your favorite Garçon Model underwear / swimwear and upload it with the hashtag #GarconModel to your Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram account for a chance to win a free pair.
They give away one pair of underwear to 3 lucky guys each month so put on your favorite Garçon Model underwear or swimsuit and grab your camera.