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
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
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
THREE THINGS: SEARCHING FOR TADZIO, BARNABY BARFORD’S “LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT” (2011), WILHELM KUMM’S DER HELOT (1891)
This site always makes me happy. So much beauty and interesting antidotes.
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“An eclectic mix of book collecting and dealing, gay life, gay sex, science fiction and victorian photographs.”
“I am a book collector, book dealer, publisher and writer living in Portsmouth on the South Coast of the UK. This blog is my personal space for the recording of my numerous interests including science-fiction, victorian and vintage photography, gay literature, book design, typography, homoerotic artwork, the Amazon river, the books of Frederick Rolfe (Baron Corvo), Forrest Reid, sundry gay Victorian and Edwardian characters, Slash Fiction, Samuel R Delany, Vintage swimwear, Willard Price, Venice, and so on… Alongside all of that you also get a personal journal of life and memoir and the self-therapy you have come to know and love from bloggers.” – Callum James
PENIS POETRY by Antonio Da Silva and Andre Medeiros Martins
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This is a poetic film about The Penis becoming a diary with a unique story to tell. PENIS POETRY is made in collaboration with Andre Medeiros Martins who wrote on his lovers’ penises his personal thoughts.
Andre’s words reflect how much our modern society glorifies the exhibition of The Penis, how much we worship it and how much social media and apps allowed us to share the most private parts with the world. The Penis is no longer a taboo, it is art, it is a cult.
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SISSYDUDE LOVES: DUSTI’S DIVINELY DIRTY DUDENHEIMERS/ SUPER HOT HAIRY MEN/ PHOTOS by DUSTI CUNNINGHAM
I’ve been following QUEERRILLA’S tumblr for years… he’s a hot young bearded fellow with an eye for sexy dudes and pop culture weirdness. Sound familiar? So here he is as “My New Boyfriend!” Check him out and his AWESOME new art works… you will fall in LOVE!
I bet he smells REALLY GOOD.
Photographer: Karl Slater www.instagram.com/slaterkarl/ Stylist: Hannah Rose Fry www.instagram.com/hannahrosefry/
Model: Matt Lister from Established www.instagram.com/mrmattlister/
SISSYDUDE FAVE GOGOGENTLEMAN has a TUMBLR of his nudies!…
first 5 photos by Manuel Moncayo
Likey? GOGOGENTLEMAN TUMBLR HERE!
Jim Wigler & more GOGO-GENT after the jump…
When I saw this pic (above) on Myselfixion, I had to find out more about it. And here’s what I found…
Gustave on the right.
GUSTAVEROUD.COM: Gustave Roud (1897-1976), one of Switzerland’s foremost Francophone authors, is mostly known for his poetic prose writings. After the death of C.F. Ramuz, Roud was known as a master by many young poets: Maurice Chappaz, Jacques Chessex, Philippe Jaccottet. His correspondence, his diary, and his critical writings are also a testimony to his prolific consideration of literature and the arts. However, for several years now, his work as a photographer (never exhibited during his lifetime) has also moved to the forefront: in this way, Gustave Roud is now considered to be one of the great European writer/photographers of the period between the two World Wars.
More about Roud’s writing, poetry and photography HERE @ GUSTAV ROUD
Wikipedia: While living a solitary life in his family farm at Carrouge, Roud maintained numerous friendships with artists, poets, and other intellectuals such as Charles Ferdinand Ramuz, Ernest Ansermet, and René Auberjonois, Maurice Chappaz. Roud was also a mentor to the young Philippe Jaccottet, who would later become one of Switzerland’s most accomplished poets.
I just LOVE LOVE LOVE Hetz’s rough and romantic photos. Raw beauties all!
He has a new exhibit/ book launch! The info here: We’re pleased to announce the book release of Berlin-based photographer Florian Hetz. The bar manager of the legendary Berghain will present his first monograph “The Matter of Absence” on October 8, 2016. The foreword to the book is written by designer Stefano Pilati. Book Launch & Exhibition “The Matter of Absence” by Florian Hetz Berghain, Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin October 8, 2016. 8 p. m. – 11 p. m.
“Through photography, Hetz explores the human body, the beauty in the ugly, and the ugliness in beauty. As his most important sense, he describes seeing since an eye disease runs in his family that might eventually cause him to lose his eyesight. “I suppose that knowing you might lose something makes it more precious to you,” Hetz explains. The book “”The Matter of Absence”” is Hetzʼs first publication. Body parts like in a peep show, caught in an action, caught in a singular moment. Seemingly familiar, and yet very random: Due to the lack of identity, due to the anonymity, it could be the high school crush, the neighbor, the priest, the ex lover, the best friend, or the online flirt. By showing very little of the surrounding, the close-ups offer a wide field of storytelling. The narrative happens rather in the head than on the photo. What leads to that particular moment becomes equally important as the moment itself. The absence of identity in times of selfies. Designer Stefano Pilati puts it like this: “”In his authenticity, Hetzʼs talent maniacally explores the moment between the photographer―as artist, witness, obsessive―and the subject. He interprets the body as a quintessential sex object through simple, domestic gestures, producing a body of work that is far removed from the spirit of “entertainment” and “staging” in current forms of social-media visualizations.”” A stunning, unique debut.
These Hetz photos below from his Tumblr… SO GOOD!
THREE THINGS: Sébastien Lifshitz’s OBSESSIVE queer photo collection @ i-D / NAKED BERLIN @ KALTBLUT/ MONSIEUR Butterfly portraits by LORD MARIPOSA
i-D: Parisian collector Sébastien Lifshitz has been building a robust and internationally-sourced photo archive since he was a teenager. His focus is on queer identity, from the art of drag to transgender metamorphosis. His collection of amateur photos is displayed for the very first time at the Rencontres d’Arles — a major festival in the south of France — under the title Sincerely Queer (Mauvais Genre, also a book). Collecting these images has been his hobby and passion alongside his films, most notably Bambi, a portrait of one of the first French transgender women, for which he won the best documentary César in 2013.
Read the FULL article & see more pics HERE @ i-D
Fedya Ili: 15 years experience in art-direction of glossy magazines and web, interior, graphic design. 2012 brought me to the decision — devote myself to photography. Cosmopolite (lived in Moscow, Paris, Munich, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Thailand, Kiev, Lisbon, Saint Petersburg).
SEE more of BOOK CLUB #32: NAKED BERLIN BY FEDYA ILI HERE @ KALTBLUT
More butterfly portraits HERE @ LORD MARIPOSA
Just bought this on iTunes tonight… really loving the mellow quirkiness of it so far.
You can listen to the full album for FREE here @ REMYSOUNDS
Check out some of the songs and see what you think! XOXO
A flower wedding : described by two wallflowers
by WALTER CRANE, 1845-1915
NYT: The British fashion stylist IB Kamara, originally from Sierra Leone, and the South African photographer Kristin Lee-Moolman have collaborated on a project titled “2026,” which addresses heteronormative attitudes to self-expression through fashion. The photographs imagine what men’s wear may look like in 10 years, through the use of fabrics rescued from garbage bins and thrift shops in Johannesburg and made into contemporary garments.
“I wanted to create a utopia where you can be whatever you want to be, without emphasis on masculinity or sexuality,” Mr. Kamara said last week, as he put the finishing touches to the large-scale photographic prints of young African men in dresses now hanging from the walls of Somerset House, one of Britain’s grandest palaces. “I wanted men, in particular black men, to just be able to be and breathe like every other type of man has been able to breathe for centuries, without the pressure and policing of black masculinity lingering over them.”
Articles & Images:
All my Luke & Bo Duke fantasies come to life!!!
phot by Eliza Jordan
“I’d say I’m somewhere in each piece. Sometimes I’m the bearded “boy” and sometimes I’m the urine soaked underwear he’s thrown on the floor. Just like in life.” – C. Dailey
THIS DRESS THOUGH! by BCALLA
THIS SHIRT TOO! by BCALLA, buy it HERE!
Portrait of Nils Kreuger (1884), Richard Bergh
Kreuger & 2 more Bergh paintings of Kreuger below…