Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Book Review: 'Full Frontal' by Dylan Rosser

To have a book that has excerpted the best of the best of the photographic artistry of Dylan Rosser, images that have been previously part the highly successful monographs of the male nude - RED, X-POSED, NAKED - seems like the finest gift around. His images are so excellent and so sensual that it is best to be reminded or the credentials of the artist.

Originally from South Africa, Dylan Rosser started his career in the graphic design field, working on various lifestyle magazines in Cape Town. Starting out as a Junior Designer, he worked his way up to Art Director before moving to London in 1998. It was this move that brought about his change in direction, although his graphic design background still shows through in his work today. His work, featuring models from the UK as well as abroad, focuses on the sculptural beauty of the male form. Working with light and shadow, his style brings out the athleticism and sensuality of his subjects.

A fellow colleague of his, a gifted artist also, Rick Day has said the following: `I first met Dylan back in 2008. It was my first time shooting another photographer so I was a bit nervous. When Dylan arrived at my studio, all my nervous energy dissipated. He was not only quite handsome but genuine. I was working on my first book for Bruno Gmünder and was not really familiar with a lot of the photographers on their roster. Since our first encounter I have been following Dylan's work and am always amazed at his attention to detail as well as his ability to find such nice subject matter. I love that I am writing for this book Naked, because when I think of Dylan's work, the last thing I think about is clothing. Dylan dresses his models in beautiful lighting and often times presents those in an almost sterile environment yet bathing them in richly saturated color. His images are stark, erotic and effortless ... and trust me ... that is a talent within itself. I am honored to call him my friend and I look forward to seeing where he takes us next.'

For some to the finest images of the male nude this collection is at the top of the list - a wise choice for Bruno Gmünder to offer as an instant replay of sorts. It serves as a well deserved honor that his works are gathered in this very handsome collection. Grady Harp, September 16

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.

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