“24 Men from Ipanema” is an exhibit of male photos taken in Rio de Janeiro between 2005 and 2011. The men in this exhibit come from all walks of life. Lage (photographer) met them on the beach in Ipanema, and hustling on Avenida Atlantica. He also hired others through professional model agencies, and many we found at Club 117 in Gloria.
From the beginning he made it clear that the photos were for a book and exhibition celebrating the beauty of Brazilian men. Winning their confidence was important since he was asking them to undress – their most frequent concern was that he would post their images online embarrassing them. Some of the men he photographed repeatedly year after year with his annual visits to Rio. Sometimes the men would bring others to the photo studio as well. Over time he was able to establish his credibility with the men making it easier to hire them and making the sessions more fun.
According to Lage: “The exhibit is timely as homophobia and transphobia have increased in Brazil with 420 LGBTQ linked deaths and suicides reported in 2018. Over a hundred queer Brazilians have been murdered in 2019. There is a dangerous gay environment in Rio today more so fueled by the extreme political rhetoric of President Jair Bolsonaro. In a sense these images record an earlier less dangerous time. I hope you enjoy their ephemeral beauty as much as I do.”
Lage’s exhibit will be showing at Tedds ART Works (2422 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors) from January 6 – 12, with a party on January 10 from 7-10pm. Normal Gallery hours are 11am – 6pm.