Boys! Boys! Boys!
The Little Black Gallery have teamed up with Paddle8 to present a showcase of photographers who have turned their artistic eye onto the male form - it’s called More Boys! Boys! Boys!
I caught up with Ghislain Pascal, director of The Little Black Gallery London, for a guide to the photographers featured in this showcase.
This is the third edition of Boys! Boys! Boys! - is there an unending supply of photos of men?
This is just the beginning! It appears that I’ve opened Pandora’s Box! There’s a whole wide world out there of talented queer and gay photographers, many of them unseen and unrepresented. Boys! Boys! Boys! is giving them a platform to expose their work to the art market worldwide, alongside more established names. I’m really happy to welcome new artists joining the collective, including Sarp Kerem Yavuz, Serge Le Hidalgo, Lucas Murnaghan, and Michael Søndergaard.
How have you selected the photographers showcased in this edition?
When we started Boys! Boys! Boys! the photographers were of every sexual orientation. For the second sale - Pride - we decided we should focus on only queer and gay photographers, and so for More Boys! Boys! Boys! all the photographers identify as queer or gay. I do sometimes feel awkward asking them, as it’s not always obvious.
For every sale I try and find new photographers that fit in - works that feature ‘boys’ but in a fine art context. I’m very careful that the pictures are neither too commercial or too pornographic. It’s a very fine line.
Do you have any particular favourite photos in this edition?
I like them all, but the ones I want now in my collection are Tristan In The Bedroom by Stephane Gizard, Luke Smithers’ Cowboy series, and Lulu Delafalaise’s Le Vigoureux.
What does this collection of photos have to say about men, masculinity, and sexuality?
I leave that to the viewer to interpret. All that I’m trying to do is push the boundaries and say that it’s fine to hang artworks of boys on your walls. Judging by the response, the message seems to be getting through.
This edition will also be accompanied by an exhibition at The Hospital Club in London, will you also be showing the photos anywhere else or is this a London exclusive?
It was just a natural extension of Boys! Boys! Boys! to do an exhibition and also a book. The exhibition will tour the world - next stop is The Ravestijn Gallery in Amsterdam in March next year. Further destinations are still to be announced, although I’m hoping to include Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, and Berlin.
I’m also very proud that we’re publishing our first Boys! book, with an introduction by David Furnish. All the proceeds are going to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
If someone was interested in picking up a camera and taking some photos of guys, what advice or guidance would you give them?
The only advice I would give is the same advice I give every photographer - for a photograph or photographer to stand out from the crowd, the image has to be different, and they have to have their own distinct style. Sadly this is rare.
- MORE BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! launches on Paddle8 on 18 September.
- BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! the exhibition is at The Hospital Club, Covent Garden, London from 28–30 September.
- BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! the book, with an introduction by David Furnish, and all proceeds to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, is available now.