The Company of Men, is a new photo book by Blake Little that celebrates and updates the traditional archetypes of masculinity. Little’s twist on subject is that all of the men he shot for the book are gay.
Photographed over the last seven years, Little’s portraits of these men are unadorned and focus on the individual strength and character of each sitter. Taken as a group, they represent his ideal – a surprising new vision of male beauty that is quietly subversive and powerful. Most importantly, Little’s images shatter mainstream stereotypes of homosexuality and underscores that masculinity lies beyond sexuality.
Blake Little is an award-winning, Los Angeles-based photographer who has worked with Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, kd Lang, 50 Cent, and Jane Lynch, among others. He has contributed to London Times Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine Time, Los Angeles Magazine and ESPN Magazine. Little’s artistic work has been exhibited in New York, Seattle, Los Angeles and Japan and has resulted in two monographs, his first book Dichotomy in 1997 and The Company of Men, which features a forward by punk icon and spoken word artist Henry Rollins.
For more on Blake Little, visit his official website www.companyofmenbook.com.