In this lyrical first collection from photographer Marcello Maia, the black male nude as subject is taken beyond conventional expectation and experience. Working specifically with the formal elements of composition and light, Maia’s work not only dramatically displays the beauty of the male form but also challenges the existing depictions of black men as photographic subject. 46 photos.
- Condition: Excellent – HARDCOVER
- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: St. Martins Press, New York
- Title: Maia: Prometheus (Stonewall Inn Book/Photographer Series) Hardcover – April 1, 1997
- ISBN: 0-312-15166-7
Since the mid-’70s, the gay male nude has become an ever-present symbol of gay culture. From porn magazines to Herb Ritts museum exhibits, the gay body is on display everywhere. Brazilian photographer Marcelo Maia’s new collection Prometheus is a fine, bold collection of nude studies of African American men. In a short introduction Maia frames this collection in political terms, discussing the importance of skin color in racism and a whole host of other injustices, but the photos speak for themselves. Lyrical, moving, and dramatically composed, Maia’s work challenges the standard cultural expectations to which African American nudes have been held. Beautifully produced, Prometheus is a fine collection by a noted gay artist.