Documentary Photography – Male Performers In Europe & USA

Felicity Carmichaels at Darcelle XV Showplace, Portland, Oregon

 

This documentary photography was submitted to Edge of Humanity Magazine by Photographer Magnus Arrevad.

 

Laydee ‘Maxi’ Tena, Meth and MissCairo at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London

Laydee ‘Maxi’ Tena, Meth and MissCairo at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London

 

From “Boy Story“,  book by Magnus Arrevad.

 

MissCairo at Bush Hall, London

MissCairo at Bush Hall, London

 

To learn more about Boy Story click on any image.

 

Omar and Goran at Nord, Copenhagen

Omar and Goran at Nord, Copenhagen

 

“Boy Story” is the result of Arrevad’s five year journey, documenting the international, subterranean world of male performers, burlesque, go-go dancers, cabaret singers and porn stars. The journey would take him to New York, Berlin, Paris, London, Copenhagen as well as County Sligo in Ireland and a trailer park in Tacoma.  Along the way, he encountered performers such as Go- go Harder, EvilHateMonkey, The Luminous Pariah and a litany of others.

 

Anselme D Lenga at Café de Paris, London

Anselme D Lenga at Café de Paris, London

 

Arrevad decided against photographing his subjects’ performances, choosing instead to focus on the performers off-stage, often in their most vulnerable moments, trying out a new act, applying make-up or getting into costume. The images of these often very private moments push the viewer into the position of voyeur, a role in which Arrevad himself felt perfectly comfortable with, even to the point of transition, inserting himself into some of the images. “The only two modes of documentation possible are voyeurism and participation. Either one’s peeking in, or one’s trooping in like a marauding elephant and becoming an unseen part of the subject. This idea of neutral, objective documentation is nonsense. Even the unseen eye has a gaze, has a charge”.

 

Tommy Scrivens at Duane Park, New York

Tommy Scrivens at Duane Park, New York

 

GoGo Harder at Bassy Club, Berlin

GoGo Harder at Bassy Club, Berlin

 

GoGo Harder at Barrio, Brussels

GoGo Harder at Barrio, Brussels

 

Tigger! at Triad Theatre, New York

Tigger! at Triad Theatre, New York

 

Blanche DuBois at Tobergal Lane Café, Sligo, Ireland

Blanche DuBois at Tobergal Lane Café, Sligo, Ireland

 

See:

Boy Story

By Magnus Arrevad

 


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