His pictures manage to capture and reflect the connection between fashion and masculinity, his photographs play with 20th century masculine ideals.
Now, half a year after his sudden death, ClampArt Gallery, New York presents an exhibition of Luke Smalley’s most striking works.
His images present moments of youth, perceptions of aesthetics and machismo, all with plenty of skin and concise poses. Most of the motifs come across as homoerotic, yet never in your face or perverse.
‘Sunday Drive’, his last publication unfolds the story of young women that get ready to go and meet their beaus.
The fact that they are heading for jail marks the first surprise, the second are the bored young men themselves, they aren’t the slightest bit interested in the styling lengths the girls have gone to. Other themes include youthful small town living, truth and consequences.
In addition to his previous projects, the ‘Exercise at Home’ and ‘Gymnasium’ books, Luke works for renowned menswear magazines such as Another Man, Vogue Homme International and Arena Homme Plus.
In 2004 he teamed up with designer Kim Jones to publish a book on American youth culture.
The ClampArt Gallery of New York will present photographs from all of his books until 19 December. His ‘Sunday Drive’ book is published by TwinPalms.
521-531 West 25th Street
New York City
until 19 December 2009
Tue – Sat, 11am – 6pm
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