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In The Bear Sessions, co-creators Joel Benjamin (photographer) and John O'Connell (producer), seek to explore what constitutes authentic, modern masculinity. The project’s resulting images of over 80 men from Cape Cod to Texas (and later this year: California) reflect an identity and sexuality not represented in mainstream media. Embracing and presenting their masculinity in unique and individual ways, these members of The Bear Community represent warmth, strength, passion, joy, vulnerability, and most importantly authenticity not represented in Madison Avenue, Hollywood or iconic gay imagery. In this selection from the project’s studio work, the subjects project confidence and self-acceptance. Says Ron Suresha in the book’s Introduction, “Whether the subject’s mood is raunchy romantic, or reflective, there’s no mistaking the homoerotic energy in these fully adult men.”


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Joel Benjamin & John O'Connell
BearSessions Boston, MA and Palm Springs, CA

Publish Date  February 28, 2013

Dimensions  US Letter  68 pgs   Sterling Paper

Category  Arts & Photography

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