London's The Little Black Gallery is curating an auction on some evocative images from the likes of Robert Mapplethorpe, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Tyler Udall, among several others in a collection called Boys! Boys Boys! Curated by Ghislain Pascal, the collection "celebrates the male figure as captured by the world’s leading established and emerging photographers."
"What they have in common is that are all beautiful images celebrating the male form," says Pascal, co-founder of The Little Black Gallery. "Some of the images are taken by men, some by women, some gay, some straight. I think it is always easy to tell when a gay man is photographing men as there is a different emotional connection. Some of my favourite images in the sale are by women: Vee Speers, Josephine Douet, Alice Zoo and Alexandra Catiereall whose artworks hang in my own photography collection. What is great is that we are able to promote and celebrate queer photography."
Pascal is an avid collector of queer photography, and holds an annual Girls! Girls! Girls! art show that honored the female form.
The bidding for Boys! Boys! Boys! is happening now through March 19 at Paddle8. Pascal has also curated a Spotify playlist. to go with the perusal of the photos, some of which you can see in our slideshow below.
The sale features the works of: AdeY, Ryker Allen, Mickey Aloisio, Anderson & Low, Leonard Bourgois-Beaulieu, Tom Bianchi, Alexandre Catiere, Bob Carlos Clarke, Othello De'Souza-Hartley, Josephine Douet, Danny Fitzgerald, Levi Foster, Allen Ginsberg, Stephane Gizard, Anthony Goicolea, Iakovos, Gershon Kreimer, Mona Kuhn, Arthur Leipzig, Robert Mapplethorpe, Leo Matiz, Thomas McCarthy, Ryan McGinley, Ralf Obergfell, Walter Pfeiffer, Laurence Philomene, Jack Pierson, Mel Roberts, Vee Speers, Joseph Szabo, Alistair Taylor-Youngl, and Wolfgang Tillmans.
"Queer and gay photography is blossoming right now," Ghislain said in a statement, "and I’m happy to be bringing such a great mix of new work and older classics to attention. Contemporary photographers are continuing a tradition that’s been around for centuries, since Caravaggio and Rubens were delighting in the sensual male form."