elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

In Their Youth: Early Portraits by Greg Gorman

A photographer I like very much has a coming soon art book, In Their Youth: Early Portraits. Only for the fact that he puts a beautiful and so young Rupert Everett on the cover, I would buy it!

In Their Youth: Early Portraits comprises over 200 of the California-based photographer's previously unpublished portraits from the last three decades, featuring famous actors shot when they were still unknown young men, from teen years into their early twenties.

Amazon: Greg Gorman: In Their Youth

"I decided to do a project that expressed my infatuation with male beauty," Gorman explains, "especially in terms of youth... the portraits don't have lots of backgrounds, they're straightforward. It's really about the person, not the elements. It boils down to the graphics of the individual more than the graphics of the setting." Gorman's intimate celebrity portraits hinge on the sense of his subjects' vulnerability. Here, famous young men are juxtaposed with photographs of promising unknowns: one of the first shots of Tom Cruise, for instance, shares a spread with some anonymous ephebe that Andy Warhol met at Studio 54.

Enjoy some of Greg Gorman's works:

Greg Gorman, David Michelak, Los Angeles, 1987

Greg Gorman, Tony Ward "Bent Over", 1988

Greg Gorman, Paul IV, Los Angeles, 1991

Greg Gorman, Dolph Lundgren

Greg Gorman, Johnny Depp, 1993

Greg Gorman, Aino III

Greg Gorman, Ben Horizontal

Greg Gorman, Clint with Arms Up

Greg Gorman, Atherton Twins, Andy and Kevin

Greg Gorman discovered his calling after taking a borrowed camera to a Jimi Hendrix concert in 1968. In 1990, after producing images for over 20 years, he published his first book, Greg Gorman Volume One, which reveals his skills as a portraitist. Gorman has created innumerable unforgettable images (for instance, a 2000 portrait of Jeff Koons shows the artist perched on a filthy toilet, flanked by two leather-clad ladies). His work has been featured in ad campaigns and has been featured on the covers of a number of magazines, including Esquire, GQ, Interview, Vogue, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair.


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

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