Les Demi Dieux Reaches Facebook Milestone…Organically

LDD-100likesSo, it may not seem like much, reaching 100 followers, especially when you think of the thousands or millions that follow other sponsored pages on social media sites, like Facebook.

But we’re proud to boast that the Facebook page for Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux reached its 100th “liker,” or follower, yesterday.

Organically.

That’s right, organically, without paying Facebook to “boost” the page’s reach or to advertise the page.

We hope you’ll help us keep the organic growth going by liking, following, and sharing the page with other like-minded friends and photo enthusiasts.

You can visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/lesdemidieux.

 

 

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Brooklyn Boys at Strand Books

BrooklyBoysatStrandSeveral friends mentioned to us that they had seen a nice stack of Brooklyn Boys on the second floor of Strand Books, New York City booklovers’ trove for bargain and rare publications.

So we stopped in on our way home and found our monograph on Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux in good company with George Platt Lynes, Tom of Finland, Bruce Bellas and many others.

Stop by the Strand for a taste of New York and your own copy of the book. The Strand is located at the corner of 12th Street and Broadway in the heart of the Village.

 

 

Brooklyn Boys at NY Photo Show, April 11 & 12

BB_CoverBigKugels Photographic will have signed copies of their book Brooklyn Boys: Danny Fitzgerald & Les Demi Dieux, as well as several of Fitzgerald’s vintage photographs, at the annual New York Photo Show at the Lighthouse, April 11th and 12th.

Come meet “the guys” of BigKugels Photographic who wrote and edited the recently released 160-page fine art book on Fitzgerald’s work, at the fastest growing multi-exhibitor spring photography show in New York.

Bring your copy of Brooklyn Boys to have it signed, or purchase a signed copy at the show.

You may also peruse a selection of 8-by-10 and 11-by-14-inch vintage prints that will not be available in at AIPAD.

The two-day NY Photo Show takes place at the Lighthouse Conference Center, located at 111 East 59th Street, in New York City, between Park and Lexington Avenues.

To learn more about the the NY Photo Show, visit usphotoshows.com.

 

 

Danny Fitzgerald at AIPAD, April 10 to 13

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Photo: Louis as a Michelangelo “ignudi.”

The Steven Kasher Gallery will feature works by Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux at The Association of International Photography Art Dealers’ annual photography show at the Park Avenue Armory, April 10th to 13th.

The AIPAD show is one of the most prestigious photography events in the world, and we are proud to have Fitzgerald represented there.

The Park Avenue Armory is located at 643 Park Avenue in New York, between 66th and 67th Streets.

For more information on AIPAD and its exhibitors, visit aipad.com.

And don’t miss Brooklyn Boys at the NY Photo Show, which is happening concurrently with AIPAD.

 

 

Brooklyn Boys 5: The Photography

1640-13This is the last in a series of excerpts from the biographical introduction to Brooklyn Boys, the new monograph on Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux.

With the recent resurgence of interest in the works of Fitzgerald’s contemporaries like Mel Roberts, Bruce Bellas, and Walter Kundzicz of Champion Studio, male nude photography from the early 1960s is being reevaluated for its history, technique, and artistic value. Where the available images by Roberts, Bellas, and Kundzicz seldom transcend the limitations of the early ’60s soft-core and “beefcake” magazines that published them, Fitzgerald’s body of work includes cityscapes, landscapes, and portraiture, giving his nudes a larger context and inviting a wider aesthetic dialogue. 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.

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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.

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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.

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Brooklyn Boys: Carroll Gardens

2
Brooklyn Boys: Early Photography

3
Brooklyn Boys: Richard Bennett

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Brooklyn Boys: Les Demi Dieux

5
Brooklyn Boys: The Photography

See all the posts from the preface of Brooklyn Boys.

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Stef, 1963

3296-1Stef was a beautiful, blond athlete, whose father accompanied son on all of Danny Fitzgerald’s photo sessions. Amazing images of Stef on the Brooklyn playgrounds and in the woods were very popular in the physique magazines of the early 1960s.

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Orest, 1960

14019-OrestOrest was Danny Fitzgerald’s early, rambunctious muse and apparently unrequited love-interest. This roll dates from 1960, the year before Orest joined the army.

Learn more about Fitzgerald’s early photography and Orest.

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