Last week on Rod 2.0, we previewed a luxe editorial in the March 2008 OUT that features model-of-the-moment Wendell Lissimore. Out.com relates the fascinating back story to the shoot behind "Wash with Like Colors" and interviews the critically-acclaimed Swiss photographer Walter Pfeiffer who has developed a cult following after mostly 30 years of obscurity.
The interview is fascinating snapshot of the photographer's aesthetic. "Pfeiffer seldom asks for frontal nudity from his gorgeous unpaid male subjects,":the profile begins, and, what "you wish were exposed is often casually hidden by an object in the subject’s hands, provoking you to fantasize for days on end. This is a cheerful tip of the hat to vintage beefcake photography."
WP: When I did the first book I said, “We have to show them.” Back then it was a really intimate thing to do. Now I see so many cocks on the Internet that I don’t know how to top it.
OUT: Isn’t this partly because of your interest in glamour?
WP: Definitely. But I’ve dreamed of showing cock in glamorous surroundings. Once I wanted to do it with this boy, and he said, “No way!” And you know how hard it would be to do this with the boys I love.
The Swiss artist says he absolutely never has sex with his models and channels Susan Sontag to rationalize his approach "Because I have so many beautiful pictures of them. And if you have the pictures, you finally have them at the point you wanted them. I only get frustrated when they say they’re not coming back after two days."
If you have the pictures, you finally have them at the point you want them ...