Cheesecake

01.23.14

Guys Gone Tame

Jeanette May's photos show men at ease in their bachelor pads.

"Bachelor #2, Jeff", shot by Jeanette May in 2011, is from a series called "Bachelor Pads", now in the show of faculty work at the school of the International Center of Photography. It particularly appealed to me because of a historical precedent I've written about before: According to the architectural historian Beatriz Colomina, the idea of the high-design "bachelor pad" was popularized by Playboy in the 1950s and 60s, and was "sold" to men by posing naked women on the furniture. Its nice to see that, 40 years later, men have settled into their "pads", as normal places to live, and can be their own cheesecake.

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