“Beach” by David Morgan . 2000
Photographer David Morgan’s ode to the beauty of the Pines.
In the tradition of Robert Mapplethorpe and Tom Bianchi, Beach celebrates both the male nude and the pleasures of friendship on a summer’s day.
David Morgan’s remarkable photographs of the male figure have been appearing in New York City for over a decade-on posters and party invitations, prints and greeting cards, as well as in various magazines.
Now Morgan has brought his camera to the beach and focused it on young men at play, gamboling among the elements, enjoying the sun, sand and sea, while embodying Whitman’s “dear love of comrades” with a panache that would have delighted old Walt. These pictures have a sunny sexuality and a sly humor, while exuding a simple joy at being alive and on the beach on a perfect summer day.
The companion story by Ernesto Mestre-Reed captures in remarkable language the lyricism and physical joy that irradiate Morgan’s photographs, making Beach a contrapuntal celebration of the magic circle of male camaraderie. Ernesto Mestre-Reed, the author of The Lazarus Rumba, lives in Brooklyn, NY.
David Morgan began shooting as a commercial photographer in New York City during a successful theater career in 1975, and quickly established himself as New York’s most innovative headshot photographers. In 1989 in Fire Island Pines he provided his first male nude image for the theater production of “Anything Goes.”
The following year he created his signature work for “The White Party”, the legendary New York city winter dance event.
In 1992 designer Greg Sovell chose David to create the stunning b&w photographs that launched 2(x)ist . His images of the male figure soon made him famous, his images for the 2(x)ist underwear ad campaign were enormously successful. His photographs have appeared on calendars, greeting cards, and posters. Also in Vanity Fair, L’Uomo Vogue, Face, Paper Magazine, Details, GQ, Penthouse, Essence Magazine, The New York Times, The Sunday Times Magazine, Fitness for Women, Men’s Fitness, MetroSource, Los Angeles Times. His first book is Basic Training: A Fundamental Guide to Fitness for Men (St. Martin’s Press 1998).
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