Wednesday, February 10, 2010


I'm hoping tonight's post might glean me some of your opinions. Over the past year or so I have noticed the trend of using nude black male models to advertise everything from fashion to tires. Now I will qualify that nudity and modeling have been used extensively over the years and is not exclusive to people of color. However the composition of these images that make me think that something else is going on here.
In all of my portfolio I have always considered my work to be either art photography or documentary in nature and I have never really considered commercial photography in what I do. The recent Calvin Klein imagery of a man in a suit shown side by side to a very overt nude image of the same man. How does this sell a suit? How does a nude Tyson Beckford related to high performance car tires? That last example I ask rhetorically and more wonder why this isn't considered an overt racial stereotype issue. Does the geographic location of the creator and or viewer make a difference? Is my concern over these images a North American perception? Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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