Dear friends: American photographs of men together, 1840-1918

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Harry N. Abrams, 2001 - Family & Relationships - 159 pages
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This groundbreaking book presents rarely seen photographs that provide an entirely fresh perspective on male friendship in the 19th century. The poignant images in more than 100 early photographs, drawn from public and private collections, suggest a surprisingly broad-minded attitude toward physical intimacy between men, challenging the conventional view of the Victorian era as more inhibited than our own. Deitcher's provocative text -- combining history, social observation, pictorial analysis, and personal reflection -- explores the nature of that same-sex affection and the meaning such pictures can hold for us today.

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At first glance, this appears to be a simple collection of quaint images daguerreotypes, tintypes, and so forth that derive a certain charm from the convivial young men they picture. More than 100 ... Read full review

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