Jim French (1932-2017) first began drawing and then photographing male erotica in the 1960s. Originally a successful fashion illustrator, French and an old army buddy partnered to open a mail order company in New York City they called Luger. French contributed homoerotic drawings of hyper-masculine types such as soldiers, cowboys, and bikers. Eventually he bought out his business partner, and by 1967, under the pseudonym Rip Colt, he founded the now infamous Colt Studio. Producing highly detailed drawings for various Colt Studio books, magazines, and calendars, French turned to the new Polaroid camera to shoot photographs of male models that eventually would serve as research studies. However, despite his great talent with the pencil, as time went on, French ultimately built a formidable reputation for himself as one of the most important photographers of the male form.
TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SAILOR: JIM FRENCH POLAROIDS
by Jim French
Hardcover with dust jacket
Dimensions: 7.5" w x 9.75" h
144 pages, 116 B&W and color images
Limited Edition of 1000 Copies
All the Polaroid images in this volume were taken as research for Luger/Colt drawings. Soon after the Polaroid camera was introduced to the public I purchased one and found it very helpful in creating my ever increasingly detailed drawings.
– Jim French
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor, is an uninhibited look at some new and familiar faces which came to define what became known as Jim French's legendary 'Rip Colt Studio.' French captures these remarkable men in private intimate moments, as well as in scripted poses with models exuding their subtle machismo which has come to define the photography of Jim French. This is definitely one for every collector of "the male form" and of course all things Jim French.
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