I Heart Boy (Hardcover)

I Heart Boy Cover Image
By J. Yatrofsky (By (photographer)), Weston Bingham (Introduction by)


With an erotic softness and quiet confidence, the young,fully-nude subjects in I Heart Boyexhibit a willingness to becelebrated by all for their beauty and openness. Posing inthe intimacy of their own homes, often in studio apartmentsin Manhattan's East Village and Lower East Side, and Williamsburg and Downtown Brooklyn, lanky,hairless bodies are posed sensually against the minimalistbackgrounds of naturally lit rooms with sparse furnishings.

It's an aestheticwith nods to Larry Clark and the 80s underground musicscene, and appreciated by the likes of designer HediSlimane, American Apparel, and the most popular indiebands from New York, L.A., London, Paris, and Berlin.Yatrofsky's waif-like men-merely boys just a few years ago,bordering on androgynous, with an occasional tattoo and abit of punk swagger to match their youthful naivete-hardlyresemble even the shadow of the beefcake of generationspast. This is the undressed and carefree look of today'surban trendsetter-whose style trickles out of the young,creative circles in cities, only to be copied elsewheretomorrow.

With each photograph, these sexually charged images ofmale bodies invite the viewer to dwell upon the welcometenderness of warm skin. Ultimately I Heart Boy is a series ofnudity in the purest sense; of being simply bared as humanbefore the world.

About the Author

J. Yatrofsky is a New York-based photographer, knownfor work with naked men. Raised in Las Vegas, Yatrofskybegan by photographing male go-go dancers in nude strip clubs,and has photographically explored people's bodies eversince. Yatrofsky is a regular contributor to EastVillageBoys.com and founder of iheartboy.com, a website dedicated topicturing young men in provocative ways. Yatrofsky's artworkalso includes performance projects in which audiences areconfronted with nudity and sexual politics, and videos thatexplore beauty, objectification, and perception. Yatrofskyreceived an MFA from Parsons The New School For Design. Weston Bingham co-founded East VillageBoys, an independent, New York-based online publication, in2008. EastVillageBoys.com is dedicated to filling some ofthe holes in the codified, mainstream representation of gayculture. Their carefully curated features and collaborationsinclude the best emerging talent from around the world aswell as the occasional notorious troublemaker, and includephotographers, artists, musicians, performers, fashiondesigners, writers, and label-eschewing makers and doersof things.

Praise For…

Her photos are a provocative—and, in a world full of Terry Richardson types, much-needed—portrayal of male sexuality.”

“While these images are not truly erotic, they aren't sterile or overly stylized. Their appeal is sensual and soft—a weirdly incongruous beauty that isn't masculine in the traditional sense, but unquestionably male.”
New York Press

I <3 Boy, photographer J. Yatrofsky — the J. is for Jessica, surprisingly — celebrates the androgynous beauty of slim, mostly nude dudes shot with minimalist moxie in New York apartments.”
Advocate’s Hot Sheet

Product Details
ISBN: 9781576875698
ISBN-10: 1576875695
Publisher: powerHouse Books
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2011
Pages: 80
Language: English