Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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tMf #5 now out!

ISSUE 5 IS OUT NOW - 1st Anniversary Issue

Summer is upon us and the heat is nowhere as intense as it is in the 5th issue of tMf. The first anniversary issue is filled with over 150 man packed pages of some of the world’s hottest men! There is also a new, more refined look to the magazine to give even more focus to the images.

tMf cover model contest winner Kyle Goffney makes his full frontal debut in an sizzling California poolside shoot with Dylan Rosser, and interview with features editor Tye Briggs.

Also featured in the issue; an interview with New York photographer Kevin McDermott with images of model and designer Todd Sanfield from his new book Motel/Hotel. Tye Briggs profiles one of the masters documenting the male form, artist and photographer Robert J. Guttke. Check out the incredible 20 page portfolio of Guttke’s incredible work.

Also included in the anniversary outing, photographers Ethan James, Travers W. Dow, Eduardo Velasquez, James Ferringer, Mark Jenkins new series Reflections and so much more!

By bringing the best together in one place, tMf brings you page after page of the best of the male form. tMf is almost a ‘coffee table book’ within itself, with beautifully presented hi-resolution images and fun, behind the scenes information you need to know. tMf provides a platform for photographers, models and artists to gain exposure to a wider audience while providing viewers with a publication showcasing the best of the best.

ISSUE #5 is out now and priced at just $5.45.
Start the summer off by enjoying the male form!

Countdown to the Olympics!

With just about five weeks to the next Summer Olypics in London, that doesn't leave much time for swimmer Michael Phelps to put in the time to catch up with Ryan Lochte. Although I suspect Phelps has been holding back just a bit to both conerve energy, and safe a bit for surprise, it will be interesting to watch!

Also love me some Conor Dwyer who is also on his way to London!

Provocateur: Anthony Gee by Murray!

Detroit's Murray! has had two calendars, Studio Men, featuring his images published in 2011 and 2012 by Village Lighthouse under the Provocateur brand. I could think of no better adjective, (and isn't it a great one) than provocateur to describe the work of the Motown photographer. A provocateurs job is to provoke, wet the appetite, excite and of course...stimulate.

As your eyes feast on his many images, the viewer is visually stimulated instantly by the strength of both Murray's images and the models within his focus. Murray! has an incredible way of capturing an intense masculinity in his models, so strong you can almost feel it. The strength he captures comes not just from muscle but from a raw maleness that sadly is far too often edited or photoshopped away from many images of the male form that I see.

Originally from Canada, Murray spent 12 years in Toronto after completing college. building his career in advertising. Working at some of the biggest global agencies: Saatchi & Saatchi, Young & Rubicam and Wunderman. Murray is currently working as Creative Director for one of the big three automotive clients. That however, is just his day job. All of Murray's spare time is devoted to photography, capturing as many incredible looking men as he possibly can! In addition to his two calendars, Murray! is currently featured in Bruno Gmunder's recent release, COCK TALES.

It is hard to find a better example of what I love so much about Murray's images than his work with 27 year old model Anthony Gee. An incredible body and absolutely beautiful face. Anthony is not only impressive in appearance, he also displays a confidence and strength that exudes from every inch of his six foot frame. This strength comes from Anthony's strong passion for modeling and his quest to further improve his career.

'Anthony is one of those incredibly rare models who has an exquisite face, amazing body and is genuinely a wonderful guy. He is obviously very comfortable in his skin and happy to share his hours in the gym with anyone who wants to admire it. We have done three shoots in the last few months, and I look forward to starting an exciting new project with Anthony soon. Stay tuned!'

'What can I say... Have you ever met someone and it feels like you've been friends forever? That's the connection I felt the first time shooting with Murray. He's such a down to earth, easy to work with person. His work speaks for it's self... phenomenal! Shooting with Murray and being apart of his work has reignited my dreams of a successful modeling/acting career. I would recommend him to anyone!'

For some reason, ever since I began putting together this piece, Murray's exclamation point has had me curious. It seem clear to me that it was not just a fluke it ended up there, but instead it was done with much though and intent.

'Growing up, I never liked my name, because I was Murray Grondin Jr. My dad had the same name, and I was always little Murray. Hated that. It always felt boring. When I was 25, I was going to legally change my name, I wanted something exciting, and what is more exciting than using an exclamation point! So I put it there, and it stuck. Now, I love my name.'

Thanks to Murray!, whose name certainly parrallels the excitment within his work, for sharing with FH and sending on these exclusive images below. This set, not previously seen, is from a shoot with Anthony two months ago.

Eric Michael Cole in Gia

I saw Gia for the first time last week. It's funny, although I know so much about Angelina Jolie I have actually had little interest in most of her movies. I did enjoy Girl Interrupted, but in Gia she was painfully heartbreaking to watch. Great performances by Elizabeth Mitchell and a brief fun turn from Faye Dunaway.

I also loved Eric Michael Cole, whose relationship to Gia was beautifully never made too clear, yet it was powerfully enough depicted to make an impact. There is very little on Eric on the net but I will have to track down more of his work.

Gia by trevorbriggs