This documentary photography was submitted to Edge of Humanity Magazine by Photographer Magnus Arrevad.
From “Boy Story“, book by Magnus Arrevad.
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“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.
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”.
By Magnus Arrevad