Ultra rare first edition (limited to 4000 copies) published by Twin Palm Publishers in 2001.
Overall in great condition with slight marks to the front and back of the dustcover.
Approximately: W21cm x H28cm
Luke Smalley (Pennsylvania,1955–2009) was an American photographer known for capturing boys in adolescence, and as a talented art director famous for creating playful images that explored the intersections between fashion and masculinity. His work, which pairs a coolly minimalist aesthetic with a retro nostalgia, centers around his take on the journey for truth inside the lives of small town youth, athletic, young men. Many of the photographs are homoerotic, yet sexually ambivalent but never perverse. Images from his earlier collections were inspired by fitness manuals and yearbooks circa 1910. This is not surprising since Smalley graduated with a degree in sports medicine and worked for a number of years as a model and personal trainer.
In Gymnasium Smalley shot his artistic portraits in his home state of Pennsylvania. He used real high school athletes as models, who engaged in unusual competitions reinvented by the photographer, who also designed and crafted some of the outfits and equipments.