MY BOYS, 20 STRANGERS AND LOVERS, VOL. 1. PARIS, IS A PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK OF ARTISTIC AND EROTIC NUDES, MADE UP OF 20 MEN’S PORTRAITS, OFFERING AN INTIMATE AND PRIVILEGED EXPOSURE. EACH BOY IS REVEALED THROUGH A 16 PAGES SERIES, ASSOCIATING PORTRAITS, ANATOMICAL DETAILS AND SUGGESTIVE POSES. INDEED, ONE WILL FIND SOME NAKED BACKS IN THIS BOOK; YET PICTURES NEVER CROSS THE -SUBJECTIVE- LINE WITH PORNOGRAPHY. IT’S BEAUTIFUL, BUT IT’S RAW.
Benjamin Guillonneau is art director and works in advertising, fashion and photography for more than 12 years. On a daily basis, he helps brands with their products’ valuation strategies and manages production and post-production via his communication agency. Managing director of RAISE for 6 years and dealing with photography, contemporary art and trends magazines, he collaborated with various photographers. Naturally and in a self-educated manner, he began photography to put his own ideas in image.
MY BOYS, 20 Strangers & Lovers, Vol. 1, Paris, is a very personal project from Benjamin Guillonneau. This book represents Benjamin’s first constructed, thoughtful and organized work as photographer. He chose a really vital theme for him, as much as drinking, eating or sleeping: the boys. MY BOYS is also a project in perpetual reinvention. Benjamin has well considered good to make his work travel all over the world. Every destination will give rise to a new volume, a reflection of a unique journey or city. Decline it to others countries, it’s also a way to prove that this is not motionless but an evolutionary project. One which will progress thanks to meetings. Different volumes will also become a social and cultural guide, offering you a panel of the different men each big city has to offer. Whether it is Barcelona, London, Berlin, New York or, for this first volume, Paris.
For MY BOYS Benjamin Guillonneau joined forces with text writer Florian Bardou. As MY BOYS is a very personal project for Benjamin, Florian was able to bring a new, outside and even more importantly, neutral look. The author doesn’t know “the boys” or their lives. He offers his own interpretation of the images and names, without knowing what really connects every model to the photographer. This way MY BOYS is both fictional and non-fictional. Florian is a young independent web and print journalist, working for Slate.fr, Streetpress, Metronew, Trax or ça m’intéresse (and others). Past voice of LGBT press (Yagg and Têtu), he is especially passionate by social movements, environment, Americas, current music, but also attractive boys.
MY BOYS, 20 Strangers & Lovers, Vol. 1, Paris is organized like a first names directory. To each model’s first name a text is associated, written as an erotic narrative, mixing intimate confessions and one-night stands. Inspired by images, etymology, or great men of this world, the photographer and author raise a fictionalized portrait of each man and, between glorified reality and poetic fiction, their generic personality. With MY BOY, you won’t see these first names, your first name, in the same way anymore.
MY BOYS will be a luxurious case dedicated to photo report. Advantageous dimensions, 24x34x3,5 cm, weighing 1,5 kilo, a thick hardcover with a leather finish, and a printing of engraved text mirrors (by hot stamping silver), a silver edge old-books-style and a protecting varnish. Printed on 170gr paper, MY BOYS lines up in the category of beautiful art books, those whom we expose proudly in our bookcase, and those whom we offer to aesthetes.
In order to realize his ambition, Benjamin Guillonneau set up a funding kickstarter. The kickstarter was a way to test the public’s appetite for this first volume, without investing too much money. The deadline for the funding was June 10 and a huge success. It will not only help Benjamin pay the printing, the website, the author of the texts, the translator and the layout of the book, but it will also and most definitely encourage him to continue his exciting journey and start working on Volume 2. –BM-
For more information about Benjamin Guillonneau and his photo book MY BOYS 20 Strangers & Lovers, Vol. 1, Paris, you can visit the dedicated Facebook page and of course the Kickstarter page.
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