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Fond Memories Mark Lynch

Bruno Gm端nder


Fond Memories Mark Lynch FORWARD The male nude in photographs. Whither goes it? Mark Lynch is on the front edge and has been showing the way since his earliest photographs. Although the male nude has existed in photography since its earliest days in the nineteenth century, it has always been strongly linked to the sculptural ideal. In fact, the very early photographs were for the use of painters so they could avoid the expense of hiring live models. In these photographs, the models took poses based on early Greek and Roman ideals. Very little communicated how these men have naturally stood or who they actually were. The prudery that swept the world in the reign of Queen Victoria in Great Britain pretty much did away with any viewing of the male nude altogether until the 1920s. Then the emergence of great interest in health and exercise brought out fitness magazines. Those who were interested in viewing the naked male body could peek there. But there again, it was all prototypes and not real people. After World War II, sexy little books, purportedly to help artists, sprouted up, and finally the Supreme Court allowed that photos of the male nude could be sent through the mail. However, the major male nude photographers still gave us beautiful bodies in classic poses, all devoid of personality. When Mark Lynch came on the scene, these carefully lit and posed photographs were of no interest. He was in his hometown of Austin, Texas, and the local young men looked great to him just the way they were. They stepped in front of his camera—real young men with their clothes off. As open sexuality has become more and more acceptable, the viewer wants to think of these men as someone they might really meet for sex. As having a real sex life became more possible than an imaginary sex life, Mark Lynch’s work has come into its own. The male nude, naked and real and unafraid, was brought out of the closet by Mark Lynch,and many have followed his lead. His male nudes, frequently with names attached, are real. They have real muscles, real faces, real glances set straight into the eyes of whoever is looking at them. This is a huge step forward in this art form. It is a huge step forward in the relationship between art and sex. Now as the twenty-first century takes on a more tangible form, differentiating it from the twentieth century, Mark Lynch is here. Leading the way. Showing us the way. David Leddick


Jason & David, June 2005, Austin


Andrew, August 2009, Galveston


David, July 2005, Austin


Brandon, April 2006, Bull Creek


Mark, June 2011, Austin


Aaron, January 2006, Austin


Jason, March 2008, Austin


Chase, January 2010, Austin


Joey, July 2005, Austin


Zac, June 2011, Post Oak


Marty, June 2001, Taylor


Marty, June 2001, Taylor


Cody, July 2007, Austin


Austin, April 2010, Austin Studio


Michael, May 2012, Austin


David, July 2005, Austin


Aaron, August 2005, Galveston


Chris, August 2006, Galveston


Tad, June 2005, West Austin


Scott, September 2009, Austin


Chad, January 2010, Austin


Jarod, August 2001, Palm Springs


Pool Party, August 2006, Austin


Alex, April 2011, San Marcos


Brandon, April 2006, Bull Creek


Dimitri, June 2010, Austin


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