elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Fred Goudon: A French Flair

Sometime you like a lot an imagine, but you don't know who is the artist (or the model by the way). My secret pleasure is when I solve one of these little mysteries, like in the case of Fred Goudon and his wonderful shot of Etienne, a nude gay in Paris looking outside his bedroom window... to an arriving lover? I think so.

from Sunday Morning - Etienne

From Sunday Morning

Fred Goudon was born in Cannes in the south of France on june 1st 1965. He studies journalism, worked as a radio DJ and then as a press photographer.

He left Cannes at the end of the 80's to go to Los Angeles, CA, to be a press correspondent for different magazines and newspapers.

It's in Los Angeles that he started doing male model pictures.


The first pictures are not from a published book, but they are studies Fred Goudon is doing on the fascination people have with twins:


Hakim and Nabil

Adrien and Aurelien D.

Adrian and Joris Conquet

Adrien and Aurelien D.

In 2000 Fred Goudon published Bedtime Stories: a photo series full of French flair and mood offers the observer a view into the everyday life of attractive young gay men. The photographer creates an intimate portrait which seduces and invites one to dream.

Hardcover: 104 pages
Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Verlag Gmbh; illustrated edition edition (September 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3861871831
ISBN-13: 978-3861871835
Amazon: Bedtime Stories

After Fred Goudon's first, very successful photo book "Bedtime Stories" in 2000, Bruno Gmunder published Fred Goudon's second, long-awaited book, Aqua. "La dolce vita" awaits your discovery in this fascinating collection. Beautiful young men full of untamed energy celebrate their lust for life. Alone or in pairs they dive into a sea of sensuality. Goudon is a master of light and shadow, his images show a surprising interplay of masculine forms and movement. Refreshing like a summer rain! After studying journalism in France Fred Goudon worked in the USA as a correspondent for various newspapers and magazines. He also started photographing the male form during this time. Since his return to France, Goudon has been working as a fashion and advertising photographer.


Brice Martinet

Laurent B.


Hardcover: 120 pages
Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Verlag Gmbh (January 31, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3861879492
ISBN-13: 978-3861879497
Amazon: Aqua

2007 is the time of Sunday Morning. The book for the weekend! With a sure sense of composition style, photographer Fred Goudon gives us a look into the beds of strangers. The artist wraps his stubbly, muscled men in soft colours and gentle contrasts. His portraits are less sexual than they are highly erotic. The soft lighting creates fascinating physical landscapes in the sheets - atmospheric photographs from one of the greatest contemporary French photographers that will make you melt!




Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Verlag Gmbh (February 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3861878593
ISBN-13: 978-3861878599
Amazon: Sunday Morning

Using the flamboyant France "esprit," Goudon accomplished his works with extraordinary sense of style and composition. In his fourth photobook, Virility, he focuses on twenty-something models. In the midst of staged styled shoots, Goudon also shows everyday scenes of guys dressed in only a towel, enjoying the vista of Saint Tropez, or a cheerful scene of two friends laughing. All that by the author of "AQUA" and the "Dieux Du Stade" Calendar of 2006.



Clement D.

Jonathan J.

Sylvain L.


Clement D.

Hardcover: 180 pages
Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Verlag Gmbh (November 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3867870101
ISBN-13: 978-3867870108
Amazon: Virility

Cinq is the title of the fifth photo book from Fred Goudon. A rather simple title, and yet it already gives you an idea of the elegant Parisian flair, that makes this book something really special. The pictures are staged contained and virtuosic; these men aren't high gloss models, they rather convince with their natural erotic charisma. Goudon perfectly knows how to avoid kitsch; his pictures are intimate, sexy and touching. With CinqA" he created another great volume which makes us want more, more, more. Hopefully number six will be coming up soon.


Gilles Marini



Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Verlag Gmbh (August 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3867871418
ISBN-13: 978-3867871419
Amazon: Cinq

Amazon: Cinq: 2011 Calendar

More Photographers at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Art

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