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

Ready! On the shelves at Steven Kasher Gallery

Kasher Book RackWe love seeing the book on the shelves. Can’t wait to see the photos on the walls.

Brooklyn Boys: Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux the book is on the shelves at Steven Kasher Gallery, ready for tomorrow night’s exhibit opening and book signing.

Please join us at the gallery, at 521 West 23rd Street, from 6 to 8 p.m. The photographer’s model, muse, business and life partner Richard Bennett will be on hand with us to sign copies.

A selection of more than two dozen images will be on exhibit at the gallery from December 12th to January 18th.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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