In Their Youth.
Photographs by Greg Gorman. Text by Audrey Wells.
DAMIANI, 2009. 140 pp., 200 black & white illustrations, 8x10".
In Their Youth: Early Portraits comprises over 200 of the California-based photographer’s previously unpublished portraits
from the last three decades, featuring famous actors shot when they were still unknown young men, from teen years into
their early twenties.“I decided to do a project that expressed my infatuation with male beauty,” Gorman explains,“especially
in terms of youth... the portraits don’t have lots of backgrounds, they’re straightforward. It’s really about the person, not
the elements. It boils down to the graphics of the individual more than the graphics of the setting.” Gorman’s intimate
celebrity portraits hinge on the sense of his subjects’ vulnerability. Here, famous young men are juxtaposed with photographs
of promising unknowns: one of the first shots of Tom Cruise, for instance, shares a spread with some anonymous
ephebe that AndyWarhol met at Studio 54.
About the Limited Edition
This limited edition comes with a numbered and signed photograph of Christopher Atkins (13 x 17 inches), signed by both Atkins and Gorman, and comes housed in a linen cloth box.
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