First Look! Danny Fitzgerald at Steven Kasher Gallery

kasher-exhibit-first-lookThe opening and book signing is tonight, Thursday, December 12, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Steven Kasher Gallery.

And here’s a first look at three of the photos in the exhibit already mounted.

Can’t wait to see the exhibit tonight!

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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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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.

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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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Richard, Texas 1963

2611-3Richard Bennett was Danny Fitzgerald’s partner, both in business with their photography studio “Les Demi Dieux,” and in life for 40 years until Fitzgerald’s death in 2000.

This photograph was taken during one of their many travels together, and appears in the book Brooklyn Boys: Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux.

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