BOOK & PRINTS

 

Available from

Dashwood Books, New York City

The Photographers’ Gallery, London

Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen

and Einer Shop, online

29 x 29 cm, hardcover,  214 pages

105 duotone photographs

Edition of 1000

ISBN 978-1-943278-43-5

 

SILVER GELATIN PRINTS

Hand-printed in London on archival fiber paper.

Available in two sizes

  • Small: 24″ x 19.5″ (61 cm x 50 cm) edition of 12 – £950 (incl UK VAT)
  • Large: 38″ x 31″ (97 cm x 79 cm) in edition of 7 £1500 (incl UK VAT)

Signed and numbered on reverse.

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THE STORY

“They had invented a world in their own image, with their own gods and their own ceremonies. It wasn’t just about sexuality, though of course this was a large part. It was about being. The application of makeup each night was one in which a mask was taken off, not put on. I wanted to document this process of liberation.”

Magnus Arrevad’s Boy Story project is a journey through the international, subterranean world of male performers, burlesque, go-go dancers, cabaret singers and porn stars. As we travel through dimly lit dressing rooms, bars and bedrooms in New York, Berlin, Paris, London, Copenhagen (as well as County Sligo in Ireland and a trailer park in Tacoma) we are introduced to Go-go Harder, EvilHateMonkey, The Luminous Pariah, BigChief Random Chaos, Dusty Limits, Blanche DuBois and many others (“the real Hedwigs” as the New York Times referred to Arrevad’s subjects).

Unlike the myriad of ‘burlesque performance’ photographic works, Arrevad chose instead to focus on the performers off-stage, often in their most vulnerable moments, often applying make-up or getting into costume. Coupled with his singular ability to remain both inside and outside a scene, this allows him to display the poignancy and vulnerability of his subjects alongside their sexual charge. The images of these often very private moments push the viewer into the position of voyeur.

“The performances are debauched, magical and often hilarious, but underpinning it all is a grave sense of purpose; to bring the dream of oneself into being. What the subjects of Boy Story have allowed me to do is to watch them constructing their inner selves.”

“I wanted to make a series of images that shared the composition aesthetics of the Old Masters, but took the subterranean world I know and love as its subject.”

IN THE NEWS 

5 page spread in The New York Times

The Sunday Magazine used Boy Story to illustrate a feature on The Real Hedwigs.

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Juliet Art Magazine

When next I'm asked about my work, I shall point to this essay and answer: "What he said."

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Interview in Vice Magazine

Capturing the World of Male Burlesque Means Learning to Walk in Thigh High Boots.

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Gays in the Grauniad? What ever next?!

By day they’re brothers, lovers, sons. By night they’re porn stars, ‘boylesque’ stars and go-go dancers.

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★★★★★ review in Jyllands-Posten

Danish daily Jyllands-Posten reviewing Boy Story a picture book for boys. In print January 10th as well as online

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Feature in Politiken

Danish daily Politiken featuring Boy Story in the Art & Culture session.

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L'Oeil de la Photographie

They had invented a world in their own image, with their own gods and their own ceremonies.

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Article about Boy Story in Huff Post

Huffington Post discussed Otto Dix, identity and my brief life as a stripper.

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Interview in BuzzFeed

An obscure American website were kind enough to let me talk about Boy Story.

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Interview in LIFO

Allegedly I said THIS about Boy Story to Lifo. But it’s all Greek to me.

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Interview in STATEf22

An interview by the always wonderful Isabel de Vasconcellos.

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“As they applied each layer of makeup, I saw their true self being revealed, not obscured.”

THE BOY BEHIND THE STORY

Magnus Arrevad is a classical photographer – the current endpoint of that line of portraiture which runs from the paintings of Rembrandt and Sargent to the photographs of Yousuf Karsh.

Arrevad’s great success is to make work that appears eternal rather than clever or gimmicky: his work is affecting because it is not affected. One becomes, in succession, first awestruck, then immersed in his world. He captures not just the physicality of his subjects, but the highly personal energy that burns inside them. It’s a combination of his dedication – truly studying his world, rather than taking a few snaps – and his unrivalled ability to show the frail, human essence of his subjects. His style does not draw attention to itself – this is as it should be. Yet it is instantly recognizable. He has exhibited isolated works at exhibitions in New York, London, Brussels and Maastricht, but his serious work over the last half-decade has been Boy Story (2009 – 2014), his first major photographic series, a comprehensive worldwide study of the world of male performance.

Born in Copenhagen, he now divides his time between London and Berlin. He is currently at work on a second long photographic series and his first major theatrical work.

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