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THE AMAZING PHOTOS of CARL VAN VECHTEN (REPOST from 1/12/2011)

Not sure why, but once in a while old Sissydude posts disappear from public view, like this one. Since Walt Cessna’s Tumblr works always reminded me of Carl Van Vechten’s beautiful photos I thought I’d do a repost. Enjoy!

Jan 12/2011: So I’ve just been falling in love with these Van Vechten photos of young up & coming African American stars like Pearl Bailey (picture above), Billy Dee Williams, Jeffrey Holder, Diahann Carroll, Eartha Kitt, Ruby Dee & James Earl Jones… the patterned fabric backdrops, the silly (yet perfect) props… sooooo good. NOW let me share my faves (get ready… there’s a lot). Extensive archive HERE @ BEINECKE LIBRARY

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A “CORRECT” MEGA POST! R.I.P.SPECT: WALT CESSNA

So sad to hear of Walt Cessna’s passing today. I really love his work and have had a few amusing Facebook conversations with him through the years. My favourite conversation was a couple of years back. Cessna messaged me saying that he wanted me to edit/curate his images for a book. I of course was very keen on doing this. I told him “yes” without knowing any details. Within two minutes he messaged me back to say “great” and that he’d like me to come over for dinner “tonight”. I told him sadly I couldn’t make it that night cus I lived in Toronto. That was the last I heard of the project. But we still kept in touch and he always appreciated when I posted his stuff on Sissydude.

We were part of the early queer Tumblr tribes that obsessively shared our love for sexy correctness. I adored his Tumblr photos… they reminded me of Carl Van Vechten’s photographs with a splash of Tiger Beat pin-ups by way of Drummer Magazine. Cessna’s photos mostly featured really cute boys as subjects. They were a little rough around the edges. They wore short shorts and eclectic accessories. And most importantly, the boys like to show skin. Walt’s images were vibrant, free, clever, dark, funny, sexy, sweet, sad, tough… and most of all, obsessive.

Since I’m an obsessive guy myself, I took a few hours and went through Cessna’s Tumblr archive and pulled the images that spoke to me today.
If you’d like to know more about Walt and see more of his work, I’ve added links here.

Correct Love to you Walter. XXXO John

WALT CESSNA TUMBLR ARCHIVE HERE

ART FORUM obit
Great QUEERTY 2012 interview HERE
archive list of Sissydude posts of Cessna’s photos

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RYAN POWERS IS MY NEW BOYFRIEND!!!

GUYBONE: Toned and towering, this svelte stud makes a great impression with everyone he meets. Piercing puppy dog eyes hang over his juicy, pouting lips and when he flashes that easy smile, you have no choice but to melt. His furry body begs to be cuddled with while he rubs his heavy, stiff cock all over you. And those feet. Fuck me. Big, beautiful feet with handsome arches and cute toes. This guy is a dream come true and an absolute blast to work with! Get your bib handy because you’re gonna be drooling all over yourself! pics via GUYBONE & POWERS’ TWITTER

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