Friday, April 22, 2011

Uomini: Dolce & Gabbana Photo Book Captures Masculine Beauty of Male Models

Uomini is a stylish male photography book from Mariano Vivanco and Dolce & Gabbana. All photos © Mariano Vivanco.

Uomini is the Italian word for `men' and that is what this beautifully designed book from the publisher Rizzoli and fashion house Dolce & Gabbana is all about. Fashion photographer Mariano Vivanco has captured masculine archetypes — the modern Adonis, the hero, the sportsman and the soldier — in this classy portfolio of luxurious black and white and color photographs. 

Mariano Vivanco is a fashion photographer originally from Lima, Peru, but he now divides his time between London and New York, creating acclaimed images for internationally renowned magazines such as, Dazed & Confused, Vogue Nippon, Vogue Homme Nippon, Numero, Another Magazine, Man About Town, Allure, Details, GQ Italy, L'Uomo Vogue, 10 and 10 Man. He is an expert in his field and for this publication he has gathered some of the top models in the industry and because the underwriter for this portfolio is Dolce & Gabanna, he has most of his models clothed in that fashion creators' underwear.

Vivanco elects to create sculptural images, placing his models in athletic positions not unlike the sculptures found in public places in Rome. The men are all of perfect bodies and faces and the backgrounds and settings of these images are sophisticated and very much in the Italian vein of beauty. This is a book that celebrates the male form that will appeal to all audiences — and it makes the perfect addition for any collector of male model photography or aspiring male model. 

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Andrew Christian

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