Friday, November 6, 2015

Book Preview: Michael Stokes "Exhibition"

Publishing house Bruno Gmünder and photographer Michael Stokes have teamed up for not one, but two new books out this November. We previewed the jaw dropping Always Loyal a few weeks ago. Now it is our absolute pleasure to talk about the second book coming out, Exhibition. Available as of November 15th, Exhibition is a 136-page, large scale, hardcover volume, showcasing male erotic images and figure studies of fitness competitors, personal trainers, and body builders from around the world. And as you will see from the images below, it is pretty astonishing.

Raised in Berkeley, California, Michael Stokes is now a Los Angeles based photographer. He graduated first in his class and Phi Beta Kappa with a Fine Art degree through the film department at California State University, Long Beach. Before changing his career path to filmmaking, he was a photography major, learning pre-digital photographic techniques and using darkrooms and silver gelatin film. In film school, he wrote and directed a short film, Alien, that screened in film festivals around the world.

Michael’s first coffee table book, Masculinity (2012), was a glamour-styled, photographic male figure study book that is currently out of print. In the same style as his first, his second book, Bare Strength (2014), is already in its third printing and is available on Amazon. It features a chapter on wounded veterans of war, specifically amputees. From the sales of this book, he has donated $10,000 to the Semper Fi Fund, a charity that benefits veterans of war and their families. Also in 2014, Michael collaborated with the publisher Taschen to produce My Buddy, supplying the publisher with his collection of vintage photos of nude WWII soldiers.

Michael’s photos of wounded veterans have been shared around the world and have been featured on television: Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Tonight Show,The View, and The Talk. They have been featured in several major newspapers and online periodicals around the world, including: The Independent UK, The Mirror UK, TheDrudge Report, The Huffington Post, The Huffington Post (French Edition), Cosmopolitan, People magazine, BuzzFeed, and Vanity Fair Italy, just to mention a few.

Visit Michael Stokes at his Website or Facebook. Preorder a copy of Exhibition from publisher Bruno Gmünder or from Amazon!

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