The male nudes in this book appear to be post-Second World War servicemen. Whether they are lovers, shipmates, or just simply guys on the loose, we will never know. The poses range from coy and earnest to all-out ballsy, but there is a kind of innocence seen throughout that is hard to find in today’s primped and pumped naked poseurs.
While the word shy hardly comes to mind, there is a certain sweetness in their flagrant posing.
They are ordinary men in simple settings, photographed without artistic intent. (In photography, the term “vernacular” literally means “of the commonplace,” which certainly applies here.) The negatives were found in a box under a bed in the mid-Eighties after the original owner, and maybe photographer, had deceased.
Although most likely never intended for public display, these images offer a unique voyeuristic snapshot of intimate moments caught long ago. They shed new light on one of the most prolific and eccentric artists of photography’s fascinating past: “Unknown.”--
Mark Thompson (from the introduction to the book)
drkrm began life in Los Angeles as a black & white lab dedicated to the highest quality of hand processing and fine printing, specializing in traditional, silver-gelatin printing nearly lost in today’s digital age. drkrm quickly expanded as an exhibition space specializing in documentary and photo-journalistic work, cutting edge and alternative photographic processes, fine art photography and the display and survey of popular cultural images contemporary or historic. drkrm editions has been established to produce art catalogs and monographs of classic, the esoteric, avant-garde, and political-social photography with occasional gallery 'pop-ups' to launch certain works.