Saturday, December 19, 2009

George Platt Lynes: reprise







GPL was a genius, decades ahead of his time. He knew some very influential people and had a ménage à trois with Glenway Wescott and Monroe Wheeler in the 1930s. There is a very famous photo of Yul Brynner posing nude for GPL that I will post next (hung and uncut Yul!!). The photo above is of Victor Kraft, the young lover of Aaron Copland, the American composer of such classics as Fanfare for the Common Man and Billy the Kid. GPL knew a lot of people, yeah, but died broke and broken and almost forgotten. I hope when you look at these pictures you can see the bravery and the artistry in these pre-Stonewall images...

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