Brooklyn Boys 4: Les Demi Dieux

Magazine-DemiGods01aThis is the fourth in a series of excerpts from the biographical introduction to Brooklyn Boys, the new monograph on Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux.

In the early 1960s, Danny Fitzgerald and Richard Bennett also began promoting Fitzgerald’s photography under the studio name “Les Demi Dieux.” Working under an assumed name was not uncommon in the 1940s and ’50s when photographers were persecuted for their work. Bob Mizer had the Athletic Model Guild.  Don Whitman, the Western Photography Guild. Bruce Bellas called himself “Bruce of Los Angeles,” and Douglas Juleff, “Douglas of Detroit.”

So, throughout the early ’60s, male nudes by Les Demi Dieux appeared regularly on the covers and pages of slickly designed Joe Weider publications like The Young Physique, Muscles a Go-Go, Demi Gods, and Era (the publisher’s compilation volume celebrating the best photographers of the 1960s). Les Demi Dieux photographs featured popular models like Bennett, Albanese, and Orest, and lent Weider’s publications a visual impact and artistic quality that surpassed the average male physique magazines of the period.

Read More

Advertisements

In Good Company at Rizzoli Books on 57th Street New York

RizzoliBooksNYCPleased to see Brooklyn Boys on the shelf at Rizzoli’s flagship store on 57th Street in New York.

December 12 Opening Reception and Book Signing

1455998_309883822484073_724227215_nSteven Kasher Gallery is honored to present the photography exhibition Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux: Brooklyn Boys, from December 12th, 2013 to January 18th, 2014

Please join us for the opening reception and book signing with Richard Bennett on December 12th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

This will be Fitzgerald’s first exhibition. Included will be 35 portraits and male nudes in both black and white and color. The exhibition is mounted in conjunction with the recently released book of the same title (Bruno Gmünder, 2013).

The exhibition is presented in conjunction with Roxanne Lowit: Be Fabulous. Steven Kasher Gallery is located at 521 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m..

Read more at www.stevenkasher.com/exhibition/97/press_release

Let us know you’re coming to the opening at www.facebook.com/events/417559405034214

 

Brooklyn Boys Arrive in the USA

20131111-082102.jpgThe suspense has been killing us!

But good news: Brooklyn Boys has arrived at its United States distributor and should be delivered to Amazon within the next ten days. (So, ignore those pesky Amazon notices and extended delivery dates.) And we see it’s already available on the TLA website.

We’re monitoring the delivery and we’ll keep you posted!

Richard Bennett, Signing Photos, 2013

Richard Bennett, the photographer’s partner and muse, signing vintage photographs for the December exhibit at the Steven Kasher Gallery, NYC.

20131109-015510.jpg

Brooklyn Boys 3: Richard Bennett

2441-2This is the third in a series of excerpts from the biographical introduction to Brooklyn Boys, the new monograph on Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux.

With the start of the 1960s, Fitzgerald met Richard Bennett, the man who would become his collaborator and life partner until Fitzgerald’s death in 2000. A chiseled, masculine beauty with the natural ability of a classic artistic poser, Bennett came to New York City from working-class Scranton, Pennsylvania, looking for acting and modeling gigs. He apparently pursued Fitzgerald himself, submitting his resume to Fitzgerald through an enthusiast in the Bronx who was familiar with the photographer’s aesthetic.

Read More

Brooklyn Boys 2: Early Photography

3922This is part two in a series of excerpts from the biographical introduction to Brooklyn Boys, the new monograph on Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux.

Fitzgerald also looked beyond Brooklyn in the late 1950s when he began photographing the young men he met at Abe Goldberg’s gym, worlds away on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. A small but fit man with his Hasselblad camera, Fitzgerald’s earliest models—Nestor, Orest, and Jerry Albanese—were aspiring bodybuilders 20 years his junior, from working class neighborhoods and families similar, but distant from his own. He met many of them at the gym, and earned their trust by asking their assistance with his own workout or partnering with them for training. In the process he impressed them with his knowledge of worldly literature and culture, as well as his ingratiating encouragement of their physical beauty, and a ten or fifty dollar bill slipped into the pocket of their chinos.

Read More

Steven Kasher Gallery Exhibit December 2013

3296-1We are pleased to announced that the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York will host an exhibit of photographs by Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux from December 12, 2013 through January 18, 2014.

An exhibit of some two-dozen vintage photographs and estate prints, titled “Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux: Brooklyn Boys,” will be presented in the intimate side gallery in conjunction with an exhibit of works by famed fashion photographer Roxanne Lowit.

Read More

Brooklyn Boys 1: Carroll Gardens

BB_CoverBrooklyn Boys, the first monograph volume of Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux’s photography, was released in October 2013 in Europe, to be released the following month in the United States. It features over 160 of Fitzgerald’s noteworthy photographs and a biographical introduction from 12 years of research. Excerpts from the intro will be presented on this website in several parts. This is the first.

The diffuse light inside the photographer’s parents’ home in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn illuminated a young man’s flesh differently than it did outside in broad daylight. On the street the sunlight was harsh. It blared like a delivery truck’s horn, sparked like a welding iron, crackled like a transistor radio on full volume. It matched the temper and bravado of the boys in their cars and on the basketball courts, at every moment proving its power to the neighborhood. But inside the photographer’s home, upstairs, where the young men removed their clothes, lit a cigarette and sat naked in a void between the pale wall and the photographer’s camera, the sun’s quiet illumination gave everything an honest focus, a sensual solitude. It poured through curtains of lace, airborne dust and fresh smoke, as it would through stained glass, providing the young men a silent retreat directed by a master of light and composition, and the photographer himself a focus for the many incongruities in his life between inside and out. In that space, the photographer created some of his most exquisite works of art.

Read More

Read excerpts from “Brooklyn Boys” preface

4454-2We are pleased to present excerpts from the preface to the book Brooklyn Boys: Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux, written and edited by James Kempster and partner Robert Loncar.

1
Brooklyn Boys: Carroll Gardens

2
Brooklyn Boys: Early Photography

3
Brooklyn Boys: Richard Bennett

4
Brooklyn Boys: Les Demi Dieux

5
Brooklyn Boys: The Photography

See all the posts from the preface of Brooklyn Boys.

Buy the book.