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James Spada: History in Words and Images

James Spada is an author, publisher and photographer who has produced two dozen books over the past thirty-five years. He has had three New York Times bestsellers, including his biographies of Grace Kelly and Peter Lawford. He has written both intimate text-only biographies and illustrated coffee-table books.

His first work of fiction, "Days When My Heart Was Volcanic," is a historical novel about six months in the life of Edgar Allan Poe. His fourth collection of male nude images, "Eye Candy," comprises over seventy photographs.

Jim lives in Boston with his husband and two cats.

Black & White Men: Images by James Spada
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Bookazine Company; 1st edition (October 30, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0967990823
ISBN-13: 978-0967990828
Amazon: Black & White Men

Sixty fine-art male nudes, printed in duotone on glossy coated stock, in a 9"x9" hardcover format. This book was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award as the best visual arts book of 2000 and was named one of the three best gay books of the year by the Independent Publisher's Association.

Edwardian Men: Photographs by James Spada
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Pond Street Press; First Edition edition (August 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0967990807
ISBN-13: 978-0967990804
Amazon: Black & White Men

A stunningly beautiful volume of evocative, sensual male nudes shot to look as though they were taken around 1900. Some of today's sexiest young men are shown amid Victorian and Edwardian rooms and gardens, often in much franker poses than would ever have been attempted back in that more circumspect era.

The Romantic Male Nude by James Spada (introduction by Michael Thomas Ford)
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Abrams Books; First Edition edition (September 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0810993716
ISBN-13: 978-0810993716
Amazon: The Romantic Male Nude

What makes a male nude romantic, as opposed to merely erotic? The more obvious attributes might be soft focus, soft lighting, silk bedding, sylvan settings, roses, lace curtains, moonlight. Perhaps it is the look of a model, or the expression on his face; maybe it is the warmth of the embrace between two lovers, or the longing in a young man’s eyes.

Each of the images in this book, the first anthology to bring together a group of celebrated photographers to thematically celebrate romance in the male nude, stirs the imagination to create a story around it—a story of youthful yearning or an idyllic day, a story about the blossoming love between two men, or even about the rapport between a photographer and his model.

The photographers represented here—among them Reed Massengill, Kobi Israel, Tom Bianchi, Ed Freeman, David Vance, and Michael Childers—live and work in places as disparate as Israel, Guatemala, England, Cuba, Brazil, France, Hong Kong, Greece, Sweden, and Germany, in addition to the United States. Their diversity proves that romanticism flourishes everywhere in the world.

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

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