In that awestruck moment, you might not realise how influential these classical representations of the body have been for the perception of male gender throughout history, nor how damaging. The tradition of the nude in Western art originates from Ancient Greece, where the naked male body was celebrated throughout society and in artistic representations. Sculptors chose to honour their gods and warriors with nude statues, applying increasingly realistic human features. Statues became a convenient canvas for sculptors to explore the personality traits and ideal characteristics that the Greeks believed epitomised the male gender.
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For centuries, our binary understanding of gender has been dominated by the male gaze. Yet it goes a long way to uncover it. It was completing work on Olive Juice , a collaborative project with fellow photographer Damian Maloney that explored the relationship between men and women, where inspiration struck. I had a curiosity to photograph more of the men in my life. This discomfort mixed with excitement is very much present in the photos. Wilting flowers, dirty socks, crumbled cake and oddly-placed, half-eaten fruit.
The Classical Male Nude and its Damaging Legacy
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David Leddick has been an officer in the US army, a dancer with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and creative director of leading cosmetics brands. He has written and edited photographic books and has also been an advertising consultant. He divides his time between Paris, Miami Beach and Montevideo. Your Shopping Cart.