My friend just gave me this book for my birthday and it has some of the most beautiful photos in it. It really captures that golden era of being gay in NY in the late 70s, early 80s before the Reagan years went full throttle. I’m definitely a fan of Tom Bianchi now. I would like a copy of his Fire Island book but it’s a thousand dollars on eBay?! Does anyone have any other gay photography book recommendations?
Tom Bianchi: 63 E 9th Street: NYC Polaroids 1975-1983
|by Anonymous||reply 421||September 16, 2023 4:59 PM|
It's his Soul Mates Shopping Catalogue!
|by Anonymous||reply 1||July 2, 2022 6:21 PM|
Dammit, came to say "So many soulmates". I miss his purple prose. What's he up to now?
|by Anonymous||reply 2||July 2, 2022 6:32 PM|
R2 I think he’s semi retired in Palm Springs topping muscle daddy twunks?
|by Anonymous||reply 3||July 2, 2022 6:34 PM|
Is he still alive? Is his website still going? I subscribed once but I got tired of watching the old goat insert himself into the sex.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||July 2, 2022 6:35 PM|
R4 yeah he’s still kicking at 77
|by Anonymous||reply 5||July 2, 2022 6:36 PM|
Is that all? I thought he was well into his eighties. Age, not decade.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||July 2, 2022 6:38 PM|
Here he is at home in PS
|by Anonymous||reply 7||July 2, 2022 6:41 PM|
I love whichever of you hags dubbed him "Granny T-Cells."
|by Anonymous||reply 8||July 2, 2022 6:46 PM|
Bowen Yang & Co. did an homage to Bianci’s Fire Island book. The results are in the article.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||July 2, 2022 7:00 PM|
His house is beautiful.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||July 2, 2022 7:01 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 11||July 2, 2022 7:02 PM|
I miss DL Fav Bianchi's exploits.
I mean, how can we gauge the changes of season or passage of time without the introduction of a new soulmate?
|by Anonymous||reply 12||July 2, 2022 7:05 PM|
R12 are there old threads?
|by Anonymous||reply 13||July 2, 2022 7:09 PM|
[quote][R12] are there old threads?
Are there old threads?
That's like asking if there are old threads on DL about hot actors we think are gay.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||July 2, 2022 7:35 PM|
I'm sure very few of those beautiful young men in that book were lucky enough to live past age 40.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||July 2, 2022 7:40 PM|
R15: so true and so sad.
However, at least we still have these beautiful Polaroids. In this one, the guy on the left was truly hot
|by Anonymous||reply 16||July 2, 2022 7:58 PM|
R16 the guy on the right just had atrocious glasses. Throw some tortoise frames on him and he’s cute
|by Anonymous||reply 17||July 2, 2022 8:13 PM|
More of the duo
|by Anonymous||reply 18||July 2, 2022 8:16 PM|
^ link to Tom’s Insta
|by Anonymous||reply 19||July 2, 2022 8:16 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 20||July 2, 2022 8:16 PM|
Tom is Veiny Eldergay Royalty. He's our QE2!
|by Anonymous||reply 21||July 2, 2022 10:06 PM|
Did Tom give them all the AIDS?
|by Anonymous||reply 22||July 2, 2022 10:13 PM|
Their bodies look so masculine, why do guys’ bodies look so strange now?
|by Anonymous||reply 23||July 2, 2022 11:24 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 24||July 2, 2022 11:57 PM|
In theory, I admire him for retiring from his lawyer career to become a full time photographer. 10 Percent Production and his coffee table books were part of my growing up experience in the 90s. But in the early aughts, I rolled my eyes at all his "soulmate" ramblings that felt like him justifying falling for much younger men. But I do like his aesthetic.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||July 3, 2022 12:17 AM|
Much like everything else in Greenwich, West and now East Village 63 East 9th Street isn't what it was when Tom Bianchi was there...
|by Anonymous||reply 26||July 3, 2022 1:34 AM|
"In theory, I admire him for retiring from his lawyer career to become a full time photographer."
There really wasn't much of a choice there, Big Law was no where near as inclusive and pro equality even in 1980's as today. Yes, he could have gone into private practice, worked for non-profit or social justice type of things I suppose.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||July 3, 2022 1:45 AM|
Is that Rupert Everett in OP's pic?
|by Anonymous||reply 28||July 3, 2022 1:56 AM|
Most of subjects in Tom Bianchi's Polaroid were tricks or lovers. Good number TB can't even remember their names. He was such a slut then, but so were many others, at least until that bell began tolling.
Living in West Village, East Village and Greenwich Village back then was like a smorgasbord, you didn't have to go far if looking for something, or even if not and it just popped up. TB was a good looking fit young man in his day, not surprising he pulled quality trade.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||July 3, 2022 2:03 AM|
I have to say it - if that's him at 77 in the pic with the husband, TB has a very well-preserved body.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||July 3, 2022 2:48 AM|
He photographed everyone's favorite slutty senior citizen David Pevsner, back when you'd enjoy seeing him naked.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||July 3, 2022 2:51 AM|
A couple more of the guys from r16 and r18 here, the 7th (slight frontal from the guy on the left) and 8th images.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||July 3, 2022 3:07 AM|
It is interesting to see these men being ok with getting photographed. Back then, there was a much lower chance of people "back home" finding out you're gay or posing for pictures like that.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||July 3, 2022 8:00 AM|
I wish I had the gumption to make a career change as he did. He loved the work; he enjoyed the men. He was able to work naked; who wouldn’t love that!
I like his early work. It was when men had body hair, especially large bushes. Most men were proud of their body hair back then.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||July 3, 2022 8:15 AM|
Since Mr. Bianchi kept those Polaroids under wraps for decades there was less reasons for models to worry.
Wonder how many if any of the men pictured are still alive. If they were in their 20's then they'd be late 50's to early 60's now.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||July 3, 2022 8:58 AM|
Body fascist! And no FTMs!
|by Anonymous||reply 36||July 3, 2022 9:24 AM|
Thanks r32 for the link
This is gorgeous
|by Anonymous||reply 37||July 3, 2022 10:30 AM|
The attractive guy was Bob Herr, a Playgirl model and Tom’s lover then
|by Anonymous||reply 38||July 3, 2022 10:35 AM|
Sadly both models passed away during those terrible years
|by Anonymous||reply 39||July 3, 2022 10:36 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 40||July 3, 2022 10:37 AM|
Robert Arters Herr was a Yalie!
Bob Herr was business manager for Michael Bennett and was part of intimate circle that accompanied Mr. Bennett to Arizona in his quest for HIV/AIDS treatment. After Mr. Bennett died Mr. Herr moved out west to California.
Yes, Bob Herr was HIV+ but his diagnoses came at a time when new treatments and drugs allowed different outcome than Mr. Bennett. Bob Herr died in 2006..
|by Anonymous||reply 41||July 3, 2022 11:51 AM|
*RIP* Robert Arters Herr..
|by Anonymous||reply 42||July 3, 2022 11:53 AM|
R41/r42: thanks for the info. I just knew DL would come through
And RIP Bob
|by Anonymous||reply 43||July 3, 2022 12:17 PM|
Sad thing is cannot find any sort of obituary online for Robert Arters Herr, not even a death notice. That Yale entry is all one could find. Also only one person bothered to leave flowers at his Find A Grave page. How terribly sad.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||July 3, 2022 12:28 PM|
Also am having no luck in finding anything Playgirl wise about Robert Arters Herr. Maybe he used a different name?
|by Anonymous||reply 45||July 3, 2022 12:30 PM|
His Fire Island Pines book is terrific. A real time capsule full of guys I knew (mostly gone) from that era. Tom himself, not my cup of tea. He used and claimed intimacy of a dear friend who was on the cover of his over 40 calendar. A bit creepy.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||July 3, 2022 12:43 PM|
R46 come again?!
|by Anonymous||reply 47||July 3, 2022 12:55 PM|
I think I was pretty clear R47.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||July 3, 2022 2:13 PM|
R48 “used and claimed intimacy”? The claimed intimacy is not ringing, like you’re mad that he said he fucked your friend?
|by Anonymous||reply 49||July 3, 2022 2:15 PM|
My friend was mad that Tom blabbed all overthe place that he did- like junior high school. My friend was one of the best looking men Tom ever photographed but it never involved sex as a lot of his other work did.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||July 3, 2022 2:19 PM|
R50 I’m assuming he’s the blonde. Maybe your friend is a whore and lying about it, Dear.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||July 3, 2022 2:32 PM|
So in plain English, your contending Bianchi said he fucked your friend when he didn't?
|by Anonymous||reply 52||July 3, 2022 2:34 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 53||July 3, 2022 2:34 PM|
Bianchi actually has good Christian values and created his lothario & gay photographer image as a way to minister to at-risk gay youth. He’s undercover doing the Lord’s work.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||July 3, 2022 2:37 PM|
Another one of Bob and friend [i think]
|by Anonymous||reply 55||July 3, 2022 2:57 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 56||July 3, 2022 2:59 PM|
With hubby Ben @bensmales
|by Anonymous||reply 57||July 3, 2022 3:02 PM|
Is that him at .46 seconds here?
|by Anonymous||reply 58||July 3, 2022 3:06 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 59||July 3, 2022 3:11 PM|
That Ben guy has been with him for a long time.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||July 3, 2022 3:21 PM|
R56, make fun all you want , but that is an amazing body for an older man.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||July 3, 2022 3:43 PM|
R61 all natural just protein shakes
|by Anonymous||reply 62||July 3, 2022 3:54 PM|
Bob’s work is a glimpse into an exclusive world showing the privilege of beauty. His images of these gorgeous men preserve them forever in their prime. Obviously I’ve never met him so I wonder if he’s disdainful of guys who aren’t up to snuff like some men can be.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||July 3, 2022 4:26 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 64||July 3, 2022 4:34 PM|
That guy in OP's photo looks a lot like straight porn star Kevin James, who died in 1990.
I wonder if it is.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||July 3, 2022 4:37 PM|
Yes R33 there was no Tik Tok, Instagram Facebook... back then
|by Anonymous||reply 66||July 3, 2022 4:46 PM|
George Platt Lynes
Bianchi is horrid.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||July 3, 2022 5:14 PM|
R67 then start a Mapplethorpe thread
|by Anonymous||reply 68||July 3, 2022 5:31 PM|
Tom Bianchi's photographs always made me feel that there was a gay world I would never have access to because I wasn't pretty enough.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||July 3, 2022 6:39 PM|
So he only gave some of them the AIDS?
|by Anonymous||reply 70||July 3, 2022 8:30 PM|
Someone upthread asked for old Bianchi threads. Here’s one:
|by Anonymous||reply 71||July 3, 2022 8:36 PM|
HISSSSSSS! I HATE her!
|by Anonymous||reply 72||July 3, 2022 8:53 PM|
Even guys with extreme gay face were better looking back then.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||July 3, 2022 9:00 PM|
A Classic body of work...a beautiful record for gay culture.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||July 3, 2022 9:23 PM|
Didn’t he shoot broadways Dan Jenkins under a different name for his on the couch books?
Where are those shots
|by Anonymous||reply 75||July 3, 2022 9:28 PM|
[quote] Tom Bianchi's photographs always made me feel that there was a gay world I would never have access to because I wasn't pretty enough.
If you’ve got money and/or a big dick they’ll let you in.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||July 3, 2022 9:46 PM|
R69. Yup. Bianchi did more harm than good. The classiest pornographer.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||July 3, 2022 9:49 PM|
When I looked at TB over the past 30 years I didn't see a great physique, I saw a body ravaged by HIV.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||July 3, 2022 9:51 PM|
It's not R65. They do look a bit a like but the guy in OP's pic is better looking.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||July 3, 2022 10:14 PM|
He must have been the fugliest guy on the street.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||July 3, 2022 10:47 PM|
One of my good friends in the 90s posed for Bianchi. I saw him in some of the books Bianchi published. He would fly to Los Angeles for a long weekend. Bob had all of his models stay at his home. My friend said he would get naked the moment he arrived at the house, and would be naked the entire weekend until it was time to come home.
He said it wasn't an over-sexual place. It was like a group of friends getting together, and if two (or more) wanted to have sex, you did it, in front of the group or not. The swimming pool was ground zero for the weekend, and Bianchi treated everyone like a king.
He was so matter-of-fact when telling this, as if everyone flew to California and got naked for the weekend. In secret, I was jealous.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||July 3, 2022 11:58 PM|
He’s a user- a collector. As I said- his work can he quite good. I’ve know several very successful photographers and few are as transactional as he is- I find his vibe kind of gross and would never have been photographed by him. My friend regretted it although Tom took some great pics of him.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||July 4, 2022 1:07 AM|
It was a clever racket.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||July 4, 2022 1:09 AM|
What chemicals does it take to maintain a body like that at his age?
|by Anonymous||reply 84||July 4, 2022 2:59 AM|
TB's post in R39 makes it sound like Bob Herr died during height of HIV/AIDS crisis back in 1980's. The man lived until 2006 for goodness sakes.
Either TB didn't keep up with Robert Herr, or he was just another fragment that wandered out of his life.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||July 4, 2022 3:54 AM|
[quote] He’s a user- a collector.
It makes total sense after reading r81.
Tom is basically throwing his own hot parties. Parties he wouldn't be invited to because of his old age. It's about being in control and lower the risk of being rejected.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||July 4, 2022 7:08 AM|
R64: I think r63 meant Tom, not Bob [the model]
|by Anonymous||reply 87||July 4, 2022 12:27 PM|
R85: that’s what I thought too re:
[quote] TB's post in [R39] makes it sound like Bob Herr died during height of HIV/AIDS crisis back in 1980's. The man lived until 2006 for goodness sakes.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||July 4, 2022 12:29 PM|
I noticed over the years his visiting friends alway stayed fit but they got older and slightly less handsome. Wouldn't it get kind of aimless and tired, living like that in your seventies? Don't you just want to put on a pair of shorts and a polo and not take the day's Viagra? I like sex as much as anybody who likes sex at normal levels but even I accept there will come a point it's a pleasant memory not a daily routine.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||July 4, 2022 12:29 PM|
Life’s a Party
|by Anonymous||reply 90||July 4, 2022 12:33 PM|
His photos have that Malone, depressing, saccharine, vanished-in-the-Everhaed-baths feel.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||July 4, 2022 12:39 PM|
R34- I have a FULL Bush
|by Anonymous||reply 92||July 4, 2022 12:47 PM|
R9- NONE of the guys in that photo would be considered hot 🥵.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||July 4, 2022 12:55 PM|
Will there be pictures posted from today’s 4th of July naked guys swimming party?
|by Anonymous||reply 94||July 4, 2022 1:05 PM|
R81, Did your friend catch anything from these friendly get togethers?
|by Anonymous||reply 95||July 4, 2022 3:21 PM|
(quote0 What chemicals does it take to maintain a body like that at his age?
The early AIDS drugs tended to drain the fat from the legs and arms. The guys who lost all that healthy fat to AIDS never recovered it, especially in the limbs and face.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||July 4, 2022 3:38 PM|
I’ve looked at the Playgirl archives from the 70s and early 80s and can’t come up with Bob Herr under that or another name (it’s a dirty job but someone has to do it). Is it possible that TB is misremembering which gorgeous young playmate of his appeared in the magazine? There must be 1000s of them.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||July 4, 2022 4:17 PM|
Does Tom still have his original hips?
|by Anonymous||reply 98||July 4, 2022 4:56 PM|
Dazspanziani in R90's pic can get it.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||July 4, 2022 5:32 PM|
Bravo r97 for your hard work
|by Anonymous||reply 100||July 4, 2022 5:33 PM|
R99: yes Mr Darren SpazianI is attractive, and the appeal is further enhanced by his job as Artistic Director Leather Goods Women+Men+Travel @louisvuitton
|by Anonymous||reply 101||July 4, 2022 5:39 PM|
Shiny botox forehead on D Spaz.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||July 4, 2022 5:42 PM|
Yeah, but he doesn't look a day over 37.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||July 4, 2022 6:00 PM|
^ Lolz but that’s almost de rigueur for anyone past 30 who’s working in the Fashion industry
|by Anonymous||reply 104||July 4, 2022 6:02 PM|
The big blondie on the right is really hot
|by Anonymous||reply 105||July 4, 2022 7:57 PM|
Another one of Bob
|by Anonymous||reply 106||July 4, 2022 8:00 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 107||July 4, 2022 8:08 PM|
some of those links don't work
|by Anonymous||reply 108||July 4, 2022 8:14 PM|
So no 4th July party photos yet?
|by Anonymous||reply 109||July 4, 2022 8:31 PM|
Aren't most of Tom's "Models" poz?
|by Anonymous||reply 110||July 4, 2022 9:41 PM|
R33, um yes...unless someone "from home" visited Tom's apartment, how would they ever see a one -of-a-kind instamatic photo.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||July 4, 2022 11:33 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 112||July 5, 2022 12:19 AM|
Bob Herr would have been in his thirties by 1970's, and forties by 1985; either way a fine looking guy.
There really wasn't any rhyme or reason to how things played out back then HIV/AIDS wise. Some were positive, spread to others and are still alive today. Others infected died early on, and or lasted long enough to see effective treatments and pharma arrive.
Really is interesting (or again maybe just sad) how Bob Herr simply seemed to drop off face of earth. Last thing anyone hears about the guy is when he was working for Michael Bennett. One would have assumed that connection alone would have warranted at least a death notice if not obituary.
IIRC Los Angeles county does not publish death notices per se; that is unless family or someone pays for printed listing there isn't anything. Search of Legacy.com doesn't have a death notice for either LA or PA.
|by Anonymous||reply 113||July 5, 2022 12:28 AM|
Guys back then worked out/kept physically active mostly to remain fit. Yes, you had gays who were into bodybuilding, but nothing like the "muscle Mary" craze that arrived with Chelsea or WeHo boys by 1990's.
Bob Herr represented a pretty good swath of young gay men back then. Guys you'd think there wasn't much their if you saw them in bar or someplace in a suit and tie; but seeing them undressed or in casual attire was like "whoaa Nellie!" Tricking or maybe even getting into relationship was like hitting jackpot!
|by Anonymous||reply 114||July 5, 2022 12:40 AM|
[quote]Guys back then worked out/kept physically active mostly to remain fit.
The look guys get when they work out to get fit is so much more preferable to me than the 'roided out look. I wish people would go back to that more, it's really very sexy, particularly as guys then end up looking like the best versions of themselves, rather than all having the same, cookie-cutter body. Just my preference anyway. I love variety.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||July 5, 2022 1:10 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 116||July 5, 2022 1:20 AM|
Knew several guys like Bob Herr back in day.
Guys like that could be found at Uncle Charlies in WV among some other places.
They were young guys starting out in their professional careers, WASPs, Ivy league grads, one or more letters in high school and maybe college sports. Kept fit playing tennis, squash, lacrosse, swimming....
|by Anonymous||reply 117||July 5, 2022 1:30 AM|
Honorable mention for fit older gays goes to Colton Ford.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||July 5, 2022 1:33 AM|
Older men don't automatically have same fate as females. If they've kept fit all their lives or at least since middle age many can keep it going well into senior citizen status.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||July 5, 2022 1:34 AM|
[quote]Older men don't automatically have same fate as females. If they've kept fit all their lives or at least since middle age many can keep it going well into senior citizen status.
A lot of men actually get BETTER looking as they get older, in my eyes.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||July 5, 2022 1:55 AM|
I’ve always thought so
|by Anonymous||reply 121||July 5, 2022 12:22 PM|
[post redacted because linking to dailymail.co.uk clearly indicates that the poster is either a troll or an idiot (probably both, honestly.) Our advice is that you just ignore this poster but whatever you do, don't click on any link to this putrid rag.]
|by Anonymous||reply 122||July 5, 2022 12:25 PM|
Ben and Darius
|by Anonymous||reply 123||July 5, 2022 12:36 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 124||July 5, 2022 12:54 PM|
R124: what exactly are they sharing? TIA!
|by Anonymous||reply 125||July 5, 2022 1:02 PM|
Pretty messes the lot of them.
|by Anonymous||reply 126||July 5, 2022 3:13 PM|
who is the husband Ben? Great body….any info?
|by Anonymous||reply 127||July 5, 2022 6:10 PM|
he's a beautiful soul, i'm sure
|by Anonymous||reply 128||July 5, 2022 6:33 PM|
[quote] What chemicals does it take to maintain a body like that at his age?
ALL of them.
|by Anonymous||reply 129||July 5, 2022 6:37 PM|
As a guy who was athletic, and in a big university in 1975, I can point out that the only guys who were lifting weights in those days were the big, dumb muscleheads (a group small enough to be considered weirdos by the general univ. population, almost to the extent of being considered perverts), and the football players, and other team sports players, who all had various weight routines for their sports. There were NO cardio exercise machines, no Nautilus machines, no treadmills, no elliptical trainers, etc. NONE of that existed. I think there WERE stationary bikes, but they were only used by little old ladies. Additionally, NOBODY used steroids except for the aforementioned dumb muscleheads ( it was a "science" that was amazingly simple back in those days). No creatine, no protein powder, or any of the other nutritional mumbo-jumbo relied on by today's overblown, iphone-staring automotons. The Sony Walkman was YEARS in the future. If you wanted to lift weights, there were only free weights, barbells. It ALL started to change after about 1980. Up until then, guys jogged, or played basketball, did pushups, etc. Women walked. I don't think the first aerobics class was invented until the 1980s sometime. Hard to believe, I know. Times were tough.
|by Anonymous||reply 130||July 5, 2022 6:54 PM|
Of course those things didn't exist, r130. Olivia Newton-John didn't invent them until 1981.
|by Anonymous||reply 131||July 5, 2022 8:53 PM|
There are only 4 copies left on eBay and 7 copies on Amazon. 63 E 9th Street is OOP (out of print) like the Fire Island book, which now sell for $750-1000 each. Get your copies while you can, looks like a good investment.
|by Anonymous||reply 132||July 5, 2022 9:00 PM|
That book must be like a memorial now.
|by Anonymous||reply 133||July 5, 2022 9:02 PM|
An older (a once and still fairly gorgeous) friend of mine posed for him in the early 90's. Shirtless shots, no total nudity. He said Tom was professional and relaxed and of course hit on him. He didn't do it (he had a husband) but was flattered as Tom was "in great shape and a sexy guy". The pics, however, are fantastic, very moody black and white. and he's glad he posed.
|by Anonymous||reply 134||July 5, 2022 9:32 PM|
R129 And then extensive daily bathing in formaldehyde.
|by Anonymous||reply 135||July 5, 2022 10:32 PM|
I had that “Out of the Studio” book with all the pool photos like the one at r116. Someone up above posted about their friend who’d fly out to L.A. and hang out naked at the pool with Tom and his crew of studs all weekend being photographed. I wonder which one of those guys he was. Total fantasy stuff for me to have a weekend like that. Anyway a creative boyfriend of mine cut up the book and made a collage of some of the photos. I’d be pissed if I found out that book was now worth $1000, but it looks like it only goes for $20 today.
|by Anonymous||reply 136||July 5, 2022 10:45 PM|
One of the ones that are still alive I'm guessing R136 unless they lied about having a sexy and fabulous friend.
|by Anonymous||reply 137||July 5, 2022 11:13 PM|
r136, i recall that book, super hot studs, and very gay
|by Anonymous||reply 138||July 5, 2022 11:31 PM|
R136 Consider yourself lucky he didn’t pull a Kenneth Halliwell on you.
|by Anonymous||reply 139||July 5, 2022 11:37 PM|
Or pull a jerri hall
|by Anonymous||reply 140||July 6, 2022 11:22 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 141||July 6, 2022 1:09 PM|
Beautiful tan lines
|by Anonymous||reply 142||July 6, 2022 1:12 PM|
How many of Tom's "models" are still around?
|by Anonymous||reply 143||July 6, 2022 6:45 PM|
In my experience, most of my friends in the 80s and 90s who contracted AIDS just faded away. Many were embarrassed to have it, and they rejected any social opportunity for fear other people would figure it out. They even distanced themselves from their friends.
So it wasn't unusual to hear someone just fell off the face of the Earth. You knew what was happening, and you tried to say in contact so they knew you were there. I doubt most wanted to have an obituary posted.
|by Anonymous||reply 144||July 7, 2022 12:01 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 145||July 7, 2022 11:28 AM|
The ones who ARE "still around" are looking majorly worse for wear nowadays. None of em would stand a chance at attending anymore of eternally youthful Tom's sexy pool parties, that's fer shure.
|by Anonymous||reply 146||July 7, 2022 11:42 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 147||July 7, 2022 1:34 PM|
Nice smile [unknown vintage]
|by Anonymous||reply 148||July 7, 2022 1:36 PM|
Yeah, Tom seems to believe his leathery hide is still glowing with youth and beauty.
|by Anonymous||reply 149||July 7, 2022 1:37 PM|
Apologies if this pic of Bob has been posted up thread
|by Anonymous||reply 150||July 7, 2022 1:46 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 151||July 7, 2022 2:26 PM|
How do you die of AIDS 12 years after the introduction of antiviral drugs. Do they slowly lose there efficacy? Clearly, they worked for some time.
|by Anonymous||reply 152||July 7, 2022 2:32 PM|
When you gotta go, you gotta go.
|by Anonymous||reply 153||July 7, 2022 3:01 PM|
The drugs don't work on some guys apparently R152.
|by Anonymous||reply 154||July 8, 2022 12:06 AM|
Still at it
|by Anonymous||reply 155||July 8, 2022 2:23 PM|
That's both sad and disturbing.
|by Anonymous||reply 156||July 8, 2022 2:24 PM|
R156: Lolz - here’s an oldie to soothe your nerves dear
|by Anonymous||reply 157||July 8, 2022 3:36 PM|
How are oldies at all soothing R157?
|by Anonymous||reply 158||July 9, 2022 1:51 AM|
R157: Good art soothes, because it transcends the ravages of time
|by Anonymous||reply 159||July 9, 2022 2:01 AM|
Most of the guys in those photos were ravaged but not by time.
|by Anonymous||reply 160||July 9, 2022 2:09 AM|
Given gay culture of late has become so obsessed with muscular physical male beauty, it isn't surprising older gays like Colton Ford and others keep fit.
Like that song says, "keep young and beautiful if you want to be loved..."
|by Anonymous||reply 161||July 9, 2022 11:21 AM|
Lots of similar guys on The Aids Memorial on Instagram. One of the very best accounts on the app.
|by Anonymous||reply 162||July 9, 2022 12:00 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 163||July 9, 2022 3:38 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 164||July 9, 2022 3:42 PM|
E 63rd St: Only 24 new copies left on the publisher site, 28 new/7 used on Amazon, and only 4 left on eBay. It’s OOP like the Fire Island book, which is now going for 750-1k. Might be a pretty good investment for when those last 63 copies are sold.
|by Anonymous||reply 165||July 9, 2022 3:47 PM|
R165 *63 E 9th St
|by Anonymous||reply 166||July 9, 2022 4:06 PM|
There's a banality about his work. It wears thin very quickly. The old threads taking the piss out of his blogs were hilarious. I'm trying to imagine the empty conversation between the sex. "Jim and Jay are going to Puerto Vallarta, but then on to Mykonos to stay with Chris and Ryan who paid $4 million for their villa there. Ray and Tom –– Tom of those big thighs that grip so strongly, are renovating in Laurel Canyon, but they plan to flip...." On and on: days and days, and weeks and weeks, and years and years of it. Until the happy release of death.
|by Anonymous||reply 167||July 9, 2022 4:46 PM|
He does seem that type
|by Anonymous||reply 168||July 9, 2022 4:58 PM|
Thanks R167. A search on Googoo for "Datalounge & Bianchi" finds at least 4 threads. I'm sure I'll be able to garner some laughs on this kind of tedious, rainy, Saturday afternoon. Yeah, his style is kind of hilarious. It's really just porn draped in some kind of mildly creepy, flimsy sentimentality.
|by Anonymous||reply 169||July 9, 2022 5:53 PM|
As with many other chronic infections/illnesses; sometimes meds or cocktail of them are no longer effective, virus or whatever causing infection/illness has become resistant to same, and so it goes.
Bob Herr lived for 20 years after being diagnosed. Know of four (now) elder gays who were diagnosed also back in 1980's who still are with us thanks to meds. Larry Kramer was diagnosed in 1988 and lived until 2020, dying at age 84.
We only have that Yale entry as only sort of obituary for Bob Herr, and it merely says he died of "AIDS". That isn't an exact cause of death since HIV/AIDS contributes to but normally infection itself isn't sole cause of death. That event is likely more due to HIV/AIDs related *something*. This is what Liberace's family and personal physicians fought against
First death certificate issued for Liberace filled in by his personal physician simply gave COD as "anemia". Local corner fought to perform an autopsy which lead to world finding out what Liberace and his handlers sought to hush up.
From Liberace's Wiki entry:
" His death was at first attributed variously to anemia (due to a diet of watermelon), emphysema, and heart disease, the last of which was attested to by Liberace's personal physician, Ronald Daniels. However, the Riverside County coroner – against the advice of Daniels – performed an autopsy and later stated that "a deliberate attempt" had been made to hide the actual cause of Liberace's death by his doctors, his manager, and Liberace's entire immediate family. The post mortem discovered that Liberace had emphysema and coronary artery disease from years of chain smoking, but the direct cause was pneumonia due to complications from AIDS. Author Darden Asbury Pyron writes that Liberace had been "HIV-positive and symptomatic" from 1985 until his death."
|by Anonymous||reply 170||July 9, 2022 6:05 PM|
There’s probably some great data towards answering some of those questions here.
|by Anonymous||reply 171||July 9, 2022 6:09 PM|
Thanks for sharing that link R162. That really grabbed me by the throat, seeing all those lovely faces.
|by Anonymous||reply 172||July 9, 2022 10:29 PM|
Of late? Gay culture has always been about keeping pretty and staying young.
|by Anonymous||reply 173||July 9, 2022 10:34 PM|
R162 That Instagram page is bittersweet reminder of so many young gay men who didn't survive the AIDS epidemic. As a New Yorker emerging as a gay man in the 1980s I was terrified and paranoid of being exposed to HIV and was very selective of my partners and only practiced safe sex. About 80% of those I knew from back then have passed, only a few like myself were among the lucky ones. Going through the posts I recognized five I knew personally.
|by Anonymous||reply 174||July 9, 2022 10:47 PM|
You whore! Just kidding. Glad you're still around.
|by Anonymous||reply 175||July 10, 2022 4:12 AM|
While gay culture long has been obsessed with youth and beauty, not every middle aged or older gay man continued (or started) working out and had jacked bodies at 50, 60 or even 70.
Gay men back in day were likely just as their straight peers to have a bit of a paunch if not downright chubby by middle age and beyond. Again, yes gays may have taken better care in terms of grooming and overall appearance compared to straights, but that also varies by several factors.
Many European cultures such as those that are Latin based (French, Italian, Spanish) have some aspect of what Italians call “la bella figura”. This applies to males and females. You want to look good and present a nice appearance period regardless of age to make a desirable impression.
You only have to look at pictures taken at gay bath houses back in 1970's or even 1980's to see jacked bodies were not common across all age groups present.
|by Anonymous||reply 176||July 10, 2022 4:30 AM|
The "working out" mania did not take hold in the US until the early '80s. Like someone pointed out up above with that Olivia-Newton John video, that's when it took hold. Prior to that, some guys played team sports or had maybe a weight bar at home and used them sporadically. Women would walk, if anything. That was about it for most of the young population, and older people did nothing, except "gardening" or men who played golf, tennis, or racquetball. All those diets and the invention of the panoply of exercise machines to supplement free weights, led to the opening of thousands of gyms all across the country, aerobics classes, intensely body-focused culture, the crazy "science" of steroids and 'nutritional' supplements, etc. It took hold and is going strong after 40 years now. It seems pretty clear that the burgeoning of gay culture in the US in the mid to late '70s led to and fed directly into all of this.
|by Anonymous||reply 177||July 10, 2022 2:06 PM|
1/3: Tom’s original
|by Anonymous||reply 178||July 10, 2022 5:44 PM|
2/3: 2022 Muiti-Culti re imagination
|by Anonymous||reply 179||July 10, 2022 5:45 PM|
[quote] fang.nyc Summer is Here and Hotter than ever, and so is our FIRST-EVER Swimwear Collection! 🌞 The campaign was shot in Fire Island Pines, a haven for generations of queer people. We tabbed @gauchecowboy to reimagine @Tombianchi famed Fire Island portraits with a current, diverse and inclusive point of view. Spotlighting Black, Asian, and Latino bodies to accurately depict the gradual demographic shift on the island, and, in turn, positive changes within the LGBTQ+ community at large. 🌞 Producer:@fang.guo Photogrpaher: @gauchecowboy
|by Anonymous||reply 180||July 10, 2022 5:46 PM|
You all mean to tell me that gay men LIKE hot men?
|by Anonymous||reply 181||July 10, 2022 5:53 PM|
And then there were none, well, only a few.
|by Anonymous||reply 182||July 11, 2022 3:04 AM|
[quote]Obviously I’ve never met him so I wonder if he’s disdainful of guys who aren’t up to snuff like some men can be.
Over the last twenty years there have been a number of Tom Bianchi threads, and that has been the frequent story of people who have met him. He's only interested in beautiful male bodies, so unless you have one you're basically invisible to him... unless you're extremely rich, in which case he'll deign to talk to you.
|by Anonymous||reply 183||July 11, 2022 4:37 AM|
R183 so then what makes him different from 75% of gay men?
|by Anonymous||reply 184||July 11, 2022 12:43 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 185||July 11, 2022 1:20 PM|
He’s a star fucker
|by Anonymous||reply 186||July 11, 2022 1:47 PM|
He's a gross dirty old man.
|by Anonymous||reply 187||July 11, 2022 3:42 PM|
He’s a soul mate!
|by Anonymous||reply 188||July 12, 2022 12:20 AM|
He's a headache!
He's an angel!
He's an Eldergay!
|by Anonymous||reply 189||July 12, 2022 3:33 AM|
He takes pretty pictures
|by Anonymous||reply 190||July 12, 2022 12:21 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 191||July 12, 2022 11:32 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 192||July 12, 2022 11:36 PM|
ElderGays of note
|by Anonymous||reply 193||July 12, 2022 11:38 PM|
Who are the geezers?
|by Anonymous||reply 194||July 12, 2022 11:45 PM|
R194: Tom, writers Brad Gooch, Armistead Maupin, and Larry Kramer [noted AIDS activist, amongst other achievements]
|by Anonymous||reply 195||July 12, 2022 11:58 PM|
R194 Are you sure the bald guy is Armistead? Doesn't look like him at all.
|by Anonymous||reply 196||July 13, 2022 12:04 AM|
r195, that's Edmund White, not Maupin
|by Anonymous||reply 197||July 13, 2022 12:08 AM|
Easy enough mistake to make as the men do have similar looks.
|by Anonymous||reply 198||July 13, 2022 12:10 AM|
Sorry for mixing up Edmund and Armistead
|by Anonymous||reply 199||July 13, 2022 12:25 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 200||July 13, 2022 12:57 AM|
We should all be so lucky
|by Anonymous||reply 201||July 13, 2022 3:13 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 202||July 13, 2022 3:15 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 203||July 13, 2022 3:17 AM|
Looking at him now you'd never know Edmund White was once quite attractive.
|by Anonymous||reply 204||July 13, 2022 3:20 AM|
R204: he was wasn’t he
|by Anonymous||reply 205||July 13, 2022 3:22 AM|
More from 2009...
|by Anonymous||reply 206||July 13, 2022 3:23 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 207||July 13, 2022 3:26 AM|
IIRC young man pictured in R207 Interview Magazine with Edmund White was his then partner Hubert Sorin. Now there's a story worth telling, but ended sadly.
|by Anonymous||reply 208||July 13, 2022 3:33 AM|
Edmund White also messed about with Bruce Chatwin back in the day who was sent onto him by Robert Mapplethorpe. Former arrived at EW's apartment and couple had sex right in front doorway. That's what passed for gay chatting up in 1970's I suppose.
|by Anonymous||reply 209||July 13, 2022 3:36 AM|
Edmund White et mari..
See? Mother was right, every pot has a lid.
|by Anonymous||reply 210||July 13, 2022 3:51 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 211||July 13, 2022 3:53 AM|
Brad with husband Paul Raushenbush and kids
|by Anonymous||reply 212||July 13, 2022 6:27 AM|
Back in the day
|by Anonymous||reply 213||July 13, 2022 6:29 AM|
“Mother, May I Sleep with Edmund White?”
|by Anonymous||reply 214||July 13, 2022 7:30 AM|
I’d sleep with anyone, I’m an unrepentant star fucker
|by Anonymous||reply 215||July 13, 2022 12:08 PM|
Brad Gooch, former male model. A REAL literary heavyweight...And just imagine Leo Tolstoy skimming Eddie White's tales of sucking off hustlers in the bushes in the dark. THAT's what I always imagine whenever I happen to be reading any of White's elegant gay "literature." It's hilarious to imagine.
|by Anonymous||reply 216||July 13, 2022 12:23 PM|
While we're on the subject Edmond White was diagnosed HIV+ back in 1985. His then young lover Hubert Sorin packed up and moved in with EW in 1989 believing he would be there to take care of Edmond White during inevitable decline and death. Things did not work out that way...
Turned out Edmond White later learned he was infected with a non aggressive strain of HIV virus, and thus went on living pretty much as he had done. Hubert Sorin was HIV+ (not infected by White), and quickly went down hill, dying about five years later.
Tom Bianchi, Edmond White and others who are part of this circle or adjacent were all "there" so to speak.
|by Anonymous||reply 217||July 13, 2022 12:41 PM|
Edmund White and Larry Kramer went way back, at least to 1982 in NYC when the latter asked former join a group of prominent NYC gays (power gays if you will) to discuss and deal with HIV/AIDs epidemic. White would go on to help establish Gay Men's Health Crisis.
|by Anonymous||reply 218||July 13, 2022 12:54 PM|
$8.25 coupon on Amazon for the book for Prime Day. Get ‘em while they last.
|by Anonymous||reply 219||July 13, 2022 12:59 PM|
Or just download ALL the images on Google Images and forget about it. Problem solved.
|by Anonymous||reply 220||July 13, 2022 1:03 PM|
R220 is obviously trash and probably has a Chinese take-away menu on her coffee table for guests to peruse.
|by Anonymous||reply 221||July 13, 2022 1:12 PM|
OT, but Paul Theroux's foul "tribute" to Bruce Chatwin is a class A example of a little number in backstabbing I like to think of as 'the final twist'.
|by Anonymous||reply 222||July 13, 2022 1:15 PM|
Gross old queens.
|by Anonymous||reply 223||July 13, 2022 1:15 PM|
Not interested in putting a red cent in the bank account of "A-list," octagenarian party-puff Tom Bianchi, that's all. And yes, ALL the images are right where I indicated. Free. -220.
|by Anonymous||reply 224||July 13, 2022 1:38 PM|
R223 acne-ridden, pink hair “twink” who doesn’t know how to wipe properly
|by Anonymous||reply 225||July 13, 2022 2:56 PM|
Bianchi and White make an appearance in this nonfiction book that just came out about Fire Island. Highly readable and with much insight into the arts and culture inspired by and created on the island.
|by Anonymous||reply 226||July 14, 2022 4:09 AM|
"Other friends of Chatwin—one in particular—were not so generous. In a startlingly ungracious article Paul Theroux portrayed Chatwin as a braggart and a snob. (Even Rushdie had called him a “gilt-edged name-dropper”). Clearly irritated by Chatwin’s reticence, Theroux broached in print the topic others had only spoken of. “We had met his wife,” he wrote,
but the very fact of Bruce having a wife was so improbable that no one quite believed it…. That he was homosexual bothered no one; that he never spoke about it was rather disturbing"
Bruce Chatwin seems to have ruffled many feathers apparently.
|by Anonymous||reply 227||July 14, 2022 8:11 AM|
Paul Theroux is your typical embodiment of white straight male privilege.
Only whinier and uglier.
|by Anonymous||reply 228||July 14, 2022 12:13 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 229||July 14, 2022 12:54 PM|
Bruce Chatwin was the most beautiful boy in the world, and all those motherfuckers were jealous because he could have anyone in the world from Adelaide to Patagonia!
|by Anonymous||reply 230||July 14, 2022 1:02 PM|
I wouldn't go anywhere near that far, but Chatwin was miles better looking than Theroux-up.
|by Anonymous||reply 231||July 14, 2022 6:09 PM|
"Bruce Chatwin was the most beautiful boy in the world..."
I say, shouldn't go that far; even by standards for British male beauty Bruce Chatwin hardly was the most beautiful anything.
|by Anonymous||reply 232||July 15, 2022 8:39 AM|
Chatwin was a mythomane. That's fantastic for creating a personal brand, but infuriating for personal interactions.
Someone I know was tasked with sitting nude in a sauna that Chatwin used to haunt, while the BBC puffed smoke into it to simulate steam for the documentary they made on him.
|by Anonymous||reply 233||July 15, 2022 9:09 AM|
R225, Sad old rancid never was.
|by Anonymous||reply 234||July 15, 2022 9:36 AM|
The beautiful writer, Paul Monette [1945-1995], shot by Tom
|by Anonymous||reply 235||July 15, 2022 9:49 PM|
On the couch
|by Anonymous||reply 236||July 15, 2022 9:55 PM|
The original short shorts
|by Anonymous||reply 237||July 16, 2022 6:16 AM|
R237 I actually had those same shorts around 1980 and would go jogging in them.
|by Anonymous||reply 238||July 16, 2022 3:19 PM|
If I'd been around then, R238, I know I would've been looking, haha!
|by Anonymous||reply 239||July 16, 2022 10:32 PM|
Is he still doing this? He must spend a fortune on escorts, I mean models.
|by Anonymous||reply 240||July 17, 2022 1:53 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 241||July 17, 2022 2:46 AM|
Brad Gooch posted this: I didn’t realize he bore such a resemblance to John John at the height of his beauty
|by Anonymous||reply 242||July 28, 2022 12:13 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 243||July 28, 2022 12:13 PM|
Does Gooch have a husband?
|by Anonymous||reply 244||July 28, 2022 1:02 PM|
R244: yes, and they have two kids
|by Anonymous||reply 245||July 28, 2022 1:21 PM|
An earlier poster said only dull straight guys went to the gym in the mid 70s. Well, in nYC and LA every Ford, Zoli, and Wilhelmina model I knew went to the gym every day. The YMCA gym was like the baths. What guys did not do was take steroids. I joined my first gym in NYC in 1975- European Health Spa. It’s locations in NYC were 90% gay men. Almost all my friends in those days worked out regularly.
|by Anonymous||reply 246||July 28, 2022 1:46 PM|
did they get into things where the man goes up into the other man?
|by Anonymous||reply 247||July 29, 2022 1:11 PM|
R247, they invented that.... that's why they took photos, so they could write up the instruction manual after they figured it out.
|by Anonymous||reply 248||July 29, 2022 1:54 PM|
What’s the matter with Gooch’s mouth? Looks like some kind of palate issue.
|by Anonymous||reply 249||July 30, 2022 2:19 AM|
Figures a vain douche would become a corporate rat.
|by Anonymous||reply 250||July 31, 2022 2:42 AM|
Rev. Raushenbush as in Reverend? I don't trust anyone whose name is preceded by a "must revere me" kind of word.
|by Anonymous||reply 251||August 1, 2022 11:41 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 252||August 1, 2022 11:50 PM|
It's Rev. as in grifting whore.
|by Anonymous||reply 253||August 2, 2022 4:32 PM|
Has anybody been on Bianchi's site lately? Is new content added or is he ceasing to work?
|by Anonymous||reply 254||August 2, 2022 5:44 PM|
Does he still film guys?
|by Anonymous||reply 255||August 11, 2022 5:48 AM|
Well, he’s not filming girls I can tell you that much.
|by Anonymous||reply 256||August 11, 2022 5:52 AM|
Some of his latest can be found on Instagram; this one is called’In défense of beauty’
|by Anonymous||reply 257||August 11, 2022 7:49 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 258||August 11, 2022 7:52 AM|
Gross old slag.
|by Anonymous||reply 259||August 12, 2022 12:53 AM|
Just ewww! Far to icky. But hey, if Mr. Bianchi's partner is happy, guess that's all that matters I suppose.
|by Anonymous||reply 260||August 12, 2022 3:47 AM|
R260: how about this? Slight improvement?
|by Anonymous||reply 261||August 12, 2022 1:46 PM|
De gustibus non est disputandum, or de gustibus non disputandum est
|by Anonymous||reply 262||August 12, 2022 1:55 PM|
Or more simply the heart (or dick) wants what it wants.
|by Anonymous||reply 263||August 12, 2022 1:56 PM|
Amazon out of stock, 5 left used, only 3 on eBay. Price is up to 199.99 now.
|by Anonymous||reply 264||August 12, 2022 7:08 PM|
So are they reduced to just photographing themselves now?
|by Anonymous||reply 265||August 12, 2022 7:19 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 266||August 12, 2022 9:20 PM|
Do they use escorts because they’re cheaper than models? This sounds like something the modeling union should get involved with and fight or their industry to not be undermined by whores who will be paid less, they’re like scabs.
|by Anonymous||reply 267||August 12, 2022 10:00 PM|
Tom and models: unknown vintage
|by Anonymous||reply 268||August 13, 2022 12:14 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 269||August 13, 2022 12:17 AM|
He's had more fun than anyone on DL, and that's saying something.
|by Anonymous||reply 270||August 13, 2022 12:17 AM|
R268, they're all very pretty, but you can just see the one brain cell they share between them in that photo.
|by Anonymous||reply 271||August 13, 2022 12:18 AM|
He’s just gristle clinging to bone powder at this point.
|by Anonymous||reply 272||August 13, 2022 12:23 AM|
What a great job, as in R268. I meet up with five great looking guys and I wonder what they look like naked. Bianchi IS going to see these five good looking guys naked, perhaps in minute detail.
I'm in the wrong profession....
|by Anonymous||reply 273||August 13, 2022 1:36 AM|
Speak for yourself!
|by Anonymous||reply 274||August 13, 2022 3:31 AM|
Well, Legit models probably aren't gonna want to have sex with two old roid queens.
|by Anonymous||reply 275||August 13, 2022 4:48 AM|
He seems to roiled out, but he’s attractive in a grandpa way
|by Anonymous||reply 276||August 13, 2022 6:37 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 277||August 23, 2022 2:50 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 278||August 23, 2022 2:52 AM|
Real models will never risk getting lucrative fashion/advertising contracts.
|by Anonymous||reply 279||August 23, 2022 4:07 AM|
Real models put out
|by Anonymous||reply 280||August 23, 2022 11:57 AM|
[quote]He's had more fun than anyone on DL, and that's saying something.
I'm not sure how much, to be honest.
I'd love to know what the models are thinking (I know, I'm the last optimist.) I get (intellectually) the thrill of stripping it off and being photographed as a sex object. But photographed by desiccated origami that gives every appearance of expecting to have sex with you? What's the nature of [italic]that[/italic] damage?
|by Anonymous||reply 281||August 23, 2022 12:05 PM|
He photographed everyone's favorite daddy in denial David Pevsner, so he was never that good.
|by Anonymous||reply 282||August 23, 2022 3:04 PM|
daddy in denial?
|by Anonymous||reply 283||August 23, 2022 3:14 PM|
As in he thinks he's still a hot daddy but is in reality more a passable granddaddy.
|by Anonymous||reply 284||August 23, 2022 3:15 PM|
a grandaddy I'd do
|by Anonymous||reply 285||August 23, 2022 3:16 PM|
[quote]He's had more fun than anyone on DL, and that's saying something.
You and I have different ideas of fun.
|by Anonymous||reply 286||August 23, 2022 3:25 PM|
He was toxic. He mashed up the unrealistic myths of gay male beauty and connection through promiscuity and sold them like a pornographer. I've never really been certain whether he was in on his scam or bought into his own bullshit. The photographer Tom Bianchi died today will never been written in the New York Times.
|by Anonymous||reply 287||August 23, 2022 3:48 PM|
How many of you pearl clutching whores have multiple accounts on sleazy sites with dozens of your flabby, lurid nudes for the world to see...
|by Anonymous||reply 288||August 23, 2022 6:16 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 289||August 23, 2022 6:26 PM|
Gay men posting their own nudes? Well! I never!
|by Anonymous||reply 290||August 23, 2022 6:33 PM|
Amazon is sold out of the 63E9 book, except two used copies, and eBay only has one for $200
|by Anonymous||reply 291||August 23, 2022 6:38 PM|
It's a really dark thought, but you wonder how many of his orgy/photo sessions became superspreader events.
|by Anonymous||reply 292||August 23, 2022 9:00 PM|
Of which disease in particular? He's been at it since Matthew Brady.
|by Anonymous||reply 293||August 23, 2022 10:24 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 294||August 24, 2022 1:26 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 295||August 24, 2022 2:40 AM|
Tom shooting Hubby Ben shooting a model
|by Anonymous||reply 296||August 24, 2022 8:55 AM|
One in particular R293, but probably every other one since.
|by Anonymous||reply 297||August 26, 2022 10:31 PM|
Oh please. Every time Melania walks into a room it's a super spreader event.
|by Anonymous||reply 298||August 26, 2022 10:36 PM|
r292 posted THIRTY replies on this thread, and EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM is about AIDS and other STD's. What is the MATTER WITH THAT? Fetish or homophobia? And he's being homophobic on other threads, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 299||September 12, 2022 11:57 AM|
R299, trolls just gotta be trolls
|by Anonymous||reply 300||September 12, 2022 12:02 PM|
Thirst: Tom Bianchi x Tom of Finland
|by Anonymous||reply 301||September 12, 2022 5:26 PM|
Hubby Ben and friends
|by Anonymous||reply 302||September 12, 2022 5:29 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 303||September 13, 2022 7:12 AM|
You gotta have a hobby.
|by Anonymous||reply 304||September 13, 2022 7:50 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 305||September 13, 2022 12:10 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 306||September 13, 2022 2:47 PM|
The naked and the nude
|by Anonymous||reply 307||September 14, 2022 11:50 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 308||September 14, 2022 11:54 AM|
Great if you have a sleazy senior citizen fetish.
|by Anonymous||reply 309||September 14, 2022 4:56 PM|
r309 Trying a new shtick after the dozens of posts on this thread about STDs?
|by Anonymous||reply 310||September 14, 2022 5:04 PM|
Does his hubby Ben have an actual profession besides backup photographer/occasional model?
|by Anonymous||reply 311||September 14, 2022 5:07 PM|
The Data Lounge troll farm must always punish gay men for being gay. Tiresome.
|by Anonymous||reply 312||September 14, 2022 7:16 PM|
Not by Tom, it’s actually tribute shot
The Tom Bianchi Gay Aesthetics is real
|by Anonymous||reply 313||September 14, 2022 7:57 PM|
^ a tribute shot
|by Anonymous||reply 314||September 14, 2022 7:58 PM|
Another one with the Bianchi look and feel
|by Anonymous||reply 315||September 14, 2022 8:11 PM|
R315. LOL. Not even close.
|by Anonymous||reply 316||September 14, 2022 11:26 PM|
R316: they imitate his style, minus the beefcake, which I guess it’s kinda subversive in its own way
Here’s another one by @osc.hernandez
|by Anonymous||reply 317||September 15, 2022 12:42 AM|
Stop with the hideous imitators. They only confirm Bianchi is a real artist.
|by Anonymous||reply 318||September 15, 2022 12:44 AM|
R318: that’s precisely the point of showing these ‘imitators’, in order to highlight Bianchi’s influence over these younger people
This is a swim campaign in 2022, again done in the Bianchi style
PS; and stop telling people what not to post. These pictures are relevant to Bianchi’s aesthetic and should be discussed on a thread devoted to his work
|by Anonymous||reply 319||September 15, 2022 12:49 AM|
Stalking isn't a good hobby for the elderly R310 try knitting I heard caftans are popular.
|by Anonymous||reply 320||September 15, 2022 5:01 AM|
The Real Article
|by Anonymous||reply 321||September 15, 2022 7:54 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 322||September 15, 2022 7:54 AM|
The More the Mary-er
|by Anonymous||reply 323||September 15, 2022 8:01 AM|
R323 They all look like weathered saddlebags.
|by Anonymous||reply 324||September 15, 2022 10:18 AM|
R324 Why don't you stay in the hundreds of threads about barely legal twinks, then?
|by Anonymous||reply 325||September 15, 2022 10:21 AM|
R325 I'm sorry you look like a weathered saddlebag.
|by Anonymous||reply 326||September 15, 2022 10:23 AM|
Granted there's only so many ways to photograph a naked man but it's always the same thing, the same set up, the same angles, the same fuck the photographer, the same spunk everywhere (well, less everywhere given you don't shoot as far as you age.) Bianchi pottering around with his big dick hanging out of his thong. Does helping him back to his feet ever kill the vibe? Don't they ever get bored of living in that hypersexualized environment?
More than anything, pity the cleaning lady.
|by Anonymous||reply 327||September 15, 2022 11:45 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 328||September 15, 2022 11:50 AM|
What has to be wrong with your eyes to think that guy resembles Rami Malek?
|by Anonymous||reply 329||September 15, 2022 11:56 AM|
Ageism isn't that appealing either.
|by Anonymous||reply 330||September 15, 2022 11:57 AM|
Isn't he also supposed to be an awful human being anyway?
|by Anonymous||reply 331||September 15, 2022 12:08 PM|
I don't know her
|by Anonymous||reply 332||September 15, 2022 2:14 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 333||September 15, 2022 3:20 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 334||September 15, 2022 3:21 PM|
Hubby helps out
|by Anonymous||reply 335||September 15, 2022 5:38 PM|
In 50 years I see he allowed at least one black guy in one of his photos.
|by Anonymous||reply 336||September 15, 2022 5:49 PM|
Only because one of his standard white dudes brought him along.
|by Anonymous||reply 337||September 15, 2022 5:59 PM|
indeed, she's got a "look"
|by Anonymous||reply 338||September 15, 2022 6:11 PM|
The man in the OP is like Michelangelo's David come to life. Is there more of him?
|by Anonymous||reply 339||September 15, 2022 7:44 PM|
Tom in his younger days. He worked naked back then, too.
I would be all over that model.
|by Anonymous||reply 340||September 16, 2022 2:57 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 341||September 16, 2022 3:20 AM|
This one is supposed to be Tom’s work, but the ‘aesthetics’ isn’t as clearly hmm enunciated
|by Anonymous||reply 342||September 16, 2022 3:58 AM|
Sluts having fun
|by Anonymous||reply 343||September 16, 2022 12:11 PM|
Something less personal
|by Anonymous||reply 344||September 16, 2022 5:31 PM|
Nice looking models
|by Anonymous||reply 345||September 16, 2022 6:04 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 346||September 16, 2022 9:28 PM|
I wonder how much viagra they are taking.
|by Anonymous||reply 347||September 16, 2022 10:25 PM|
I wonder too
|by Anonymous||reply 348||September 17, 2022 11:02 AM|
The original short shorts
|by Anonymous||reply 349||September 17, 2022 2:44 PM|
They probably have crates of the stuff R347.
|by Anonymous||reply 350||September 18, 2022 4:00 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 351||September 18, 2022 1:25 PM|
those shorts could tell stories
|by Anonymous||reply 352||September 18, 2022 3:25 PM|
The Gaze of Desire
|by Anonymous||reply 353||September 19, 2022 1:31 PM|
Is the old guy cranking out new content these days?
|by Anonymous||reply 354||September 19, 2022 1:33 PM|
^he ain't cranking out sperm, so that leaves him more time for pictures
|by Anonymous||reply 355||September 19, 2022 1:52 PM|
R354: posted on his Instagram, on Aug 4 2022
|by Anonymous||reply 356||September 19, 2022 2:40 PM|
Black is beautiful
|by Anonymous||reply 357||September 20, 2022 11:45 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 358||September 22, 2022 2:10 AM|
Whenever I hear the name Tom Bianchi - this is what I think of:
|by Anonymous||reply 359||September 22, 2022 2:13 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 360||October 8, 2022 3:15 PM|
Dude gets around.
|by Anonymous||reply 361||October 8, 2022 3:38 PM|
Round and around we go
|by Anonymous||reply 362||October 9, 2022 12:15 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 363||October 13, 2022 1:48 AM|
At swim two boys
|by Anonymous||reply 364||October 13, 2022 1:48 AM|
Too much of a good thing?
|by Anonymous||reply 365||October 13, 2022 12:24 PM|
too much is never enough
|by Anonymous||reply 366||October 13, 2022 12:49 PM|
Can't this old guy keep it in his pants?
|by Anonymous||reply 367||October 13, 2022 2:46 PM|
He can't even keep it in his own house R367.
|by Anonymous||reply 368||October 13, 2022 5:36 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 369||October 19, 2022 6:41 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 370||October 26, 2022 2:03 AM|
These new guys are prostitutes, right?
|by Anonymous||reply 371||October 26, 2022 7:10 AM|
Deed somvone cawl fore model prostitutu?
|by Anonymous||reply 372||October 26, 2022 7:47 AM|
Can you imagine Tom bianchi and Melania in the same room,
“ I think i just found my true soul mate, have you found a soul mate?”
“I hhef pre-nup”
|by Anonymous||reply 373||October 26, 2022 11:47 AM|
In the right surroundings, I wouldn't want to keep it in my pants, either.
|by Anonymous||reply 374||October 27, 2022 2:13 AM|
This and the FIP book are out of print and I can’t find them anywhere. Help!
|by Anonymous||reply 375||November 5, 2022 4:43 PM|
I have this book and I bought it since this thread started.
|by Anonymous||reply 376||November 5, 2022 4:53 PM|
R376 how much did you pay? I can’t find 9th for less than $200 now and FIP is up to $2.5k now.
|by Anonymous||reply 377||November 5, 2022 4:55 PM|
R377, FIP is on sale on eBay right now for $500. First edition.
|by Anonymous||reply 378||November 5, 2022 4:59 PM|
It's not worth $200 unless you know somebody in it.
|by Anonymous||reply 379||November 5, 2022 5:01 PM|
R379 it’ll probably go for what the FI book goes for soon since it’s out of print
|by Anonymous||reply 380||November 5, 2022 5:09 PM|
R132 was correct, the 9thst book was 30 bucks in the summer now it’s 200
|by Anonymous||reply 381||November 5, 2022 5:19 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 382||November 6, 2022 11:57 AM|
Great book, just got my copy
|by Anonymous||reply 383||November 14, 2022 11:44 AM|
Brad Gooch still looks good.
|by Anonymous||reply 384||November 14, 2022 12:18 PM|
Is he still a whore?
|by Anonymous||reply 385||November 15, 2022 2:41 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 386||November 15, 2022 11:45 AM|
The actual Polaroid film stock has such a beautiful, dreamy quality that makes these photos memorable to me. I've never seen someone able to recreate it digitally. Everything looks very 'soft' which is hard to do in low res, and the almost purple hue adds a nostalgic, summery vibe. If it wasn't so expensive I'd shoot on it all the time.
|by Anonymous||reply 387||November 17, 2022 10:44 AM|
I’m sure the guys’ mouths and holes were nice and soft
|by Anonymous||reply 388||November 17, 2022 11:30 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 389||November 30, 2022 12:46 PM|
I wonder if mister bianchi is having a lovely XMas season
|by Anonymous||reply 390||December 7, 2022 8:44 PM|
I wonder if he still knows his name. Not that that would keep him out of the yule log photos.
|by Anonymous||reply 391||December 7, 2022 8:49 PM|
He’s no spring chicken
|by Anonymous||reply 392||December 8, 2022 6:29 PM|
He's not even a stewing chicken.
|by Anonymous||reply 393||December 8, 2022 7:37 PM|
Horny old rooster
|by Anonymous||reply 394||December 10, 2022 12:13 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 395||December 10, 2022 6:07 PM|
He seems like a perv.
|by Anonymous||reply 396||December 11, 2022 11:24 AM|
He’s just really into finding his soul mate
|by Anonymous||reply 397||December 11, 2022 1:31 PM|
Seems like R396?
|by Anonymous||reply 398||December 11, 2022 8:49 PM|
I received a copy for Christmas
|by Anonymous||reply 399||December 27, 2022 4:33 PM|
Say what you will he’s a talented photographer
|by Anonymous||reply 400||January 16, 2023 1:30 AM|
[quote] he’s a talented photographer
He knows how to remove the extraneous.
|by Anonymous||reply 401||January 16, 2023 1:32 AM|
Does he still include his own gristled and grizzled body in some photos with the prettyboys, as iif to convince himself we all think he belongs among them?
|by Anonymous||reply 402||January 16, 2023 1:37 AM|
He knows how to shoot both the ass AND the cock.
|by Anonymous||reply 403||February 6, 2023 1:07 PM|
Warhol loved the poloaroid images for the same reason, the image created by a Polaroid is an improved version of the subject with most of the natural blemishes left out. Wrinkles, scars, freckles, yellowing teeth, removed.
|by Anonymous||reply 404||February 6, 2023 6:30 PM|
I used to like Bianchi's work. Now it saddens me.
The mystique is gone.
|by Anonymous||reply 405||February 7, 2023 1:51 PM|
The 9th St book is now $300, the FIP book is $1000. Wow!
|by Anonymous||reply 406||February 12, 2023 5:13 PM|
Great photographs. Was he well known back in the day?
|by Anonymous||reply 407||February 15, 2023 11:10 PM|
I can’t find a copy of either book, are they oop?
|by Anonymous||reply 408||March 20, 2023 3:41 PM|
They are oopsie.
|by Anonymous||reply 409||March 21, 2023 1:19 AM|
what happened to this book?
|by Anonymous||reply 410||March 22, 2023 1:59 PM|
FIP and few other Tom Bianchi books are being flogged for huge sums on eBay and elsewhere. Unless one is so hard up has to have said books *now* I'd wait and bide one's time. Many offering these books are no different than others who believe they have some sort of instant gold mine. If things don't sell they will lower price sooner or later.
Of course one can employ old standard; hit thrifts, book resellers and other usual haunts of second hand goods. You might get lucky.
|by Anonymous||reply 411||March 23, 2023 3:07 AM|
R411 didn’t you read the thread about how the thrifts are pilfered now. Lots of the good books end up on eBay.
|by Anonymous||reply 412||March 23, 2023 3:08 AM|
Yes, one is aware thrifts are shit today compared to years past, but there are still finds to be had. If you don't go often enough then you'll never know.
It still happens someone is cleaning house and drops off boxes of "stuff" that contain goodies. Not meant to cause offence but best of that comes from those charged with clearing out apartments/homes of deceased persons. Often many don't know nor really care what anything that doesn't have obvious value is worth, it all gets packed up.
Those flogging things on eBay get good amount of stock still from scouring thrifts, estate sales, and so forth. You're job, if up to it, is to beat them at their own game.
|by Anonymous||reply 413||March 23, 2023 3:29 AM|
R413 just go where you see a coroner’s van and offer the bereaved to buy their loved one’s possessions?
|by Anonymous||reply 414||March 23, 2023 3:34 AM|
R411 the FIP/E9 books were made by a small Italian niche publisher known for only doing one run. They’re collectibles now.
|by Anonymous||reply 415||March 23, 2023 3:49 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 416||April 24, 2023 12:12 AM|
How old is Tom?
|by Anonymous||reply 417||June 7, 2023 3:33 PM|
Damn this book is $300 now!
|by Anonymous||reply 418||August 1, 2023 11:04 PM|
I should have listened to the collector kweens and bought one then, now I can’t find the pines or 9th st book for less than $350, up to $2k. Apparently they were both a very limited print run. I really wanted the 9thst one too.
|by Anonymous||reply 419||September 11, 2023 12:14 AM|
Tom just turned 78.
|by Anonymous||reply 420||September 16, 2023 4:57 PM|
I suppose he's got so many novel viruses and bacteria swimming around inside him he may survive the end of the world.
|by Anonymous||reply 421||September 16, 2023 4:59 PM|