Sunday, February 19, 2012

An Arcadian Photographer in Manhattan: Edward Mark Slocum

An Arcadian Photographer in Manhattan: Edward Mark Slocum

By Donald A. Rosenthal

Just before 1930 an unusual book of poems and photographs was published, apparently in New York. It was called Lads O’ the Sun: Memories and was illustrated by real photographs, tipped onto its pages, depicting naked youths in a style reminiscent of Willhelm von Gloden and his contemporaries in Southern Italy. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the anonymous author and photographer was identified as Edward Mark Slocum (1886-1945) who was also responsible for the editorship of the literary anthology Men and Boys which had appeared earlier in the 1920s. Donald Rosenthal has continued the research into Slocum’s life and work and in the process has tracked down a substantial body of photographic work by him that, as the title suggests, recreates something of the Arcadian style of nude photography in the somewhat cooler climes of the State of New York. This is the first study of Slocum’s photographic work and Rosenthal puts these photos into their artistic and social context as well as telling the story of Slocum’s life by unpicking his extensive use of pseudonyms and anonymity when presenting his work. This book is an important contribution to the history of photography and also to the cultural history of sexuality.

Donald A. Rosenthal studied archaeology and art history at Yale University and Columbia University, where he received a Ph.D. A specialist in nineteenth and early twentieth-century art, he has contributed articles to the Burlington Magazine, Art Bulletin, and Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography. Dr. Rosenthal has also published a number of volumes on aspects of modern painting and photography. His most recent book is The Photographs of Frederick Rolfe, Baron Corvo, 1860 1913 (Asphodel Editions). Now retired as a museum curator, Dr. Rosenthal lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA).

Callum James Books is delighted to present this new title which is, by far, our most ambitious publication yet. The book is printed on Zerkall mould-made paper with photographs by Slocum and others reproduced throughout. 80pp. 250mm x 180mm, case bound by hand in black cloth and hand-printed patterned paper produced especially for this publication by J & J Jeffery of Edinburgh.

40.00 GBP + P&P (UK: 3.50 GBP – EU: 4.00 GBP – Everywhere else: 5.00 GBP)

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