Role models of greatness.

Here you will discover the back stories of kings, titans of industry, stellar athletes, giants of the entertainment field, scientists, politicians, artists and heroes – all of them gay or bisexual men. If their lives can serve as role models to young men who have been bullied or taught to think less of themselves for their sexual orientation, all the better. The sexual orientation of those featured here did not stand in the way of their achievements.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Jeremy Kost

Texas born photographer Jeremy Kost (at right) is known as New York City’s "Polaroid artist," advancing a technique exploited by art world legends Andy Warhol and David Hockney. Bucking the trend of increasing numbers of digital images in contemporary art, Kost creates his work with Polaroid cameras. Because celebrities (Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan and the like), embrace his creative methods, Kost has direct access to their relaxed environments. Jeremy exposes the reality of celebrities and the fashion/art world elite in compelling, unstaged Polaroid photographs.

While celebrity photographs made him famous, he is perhaps best known for his homoerotic Polaroids of young men with buffed bodies and the gritty, underground scenes of the East Village and the Lower East Side (he lives and works in NYC). Instead of relying on lighting, make-up, or styling, Kost seizes upon the unvarnished moment. Whether his shots convey the energy of a hedonistic smile, or the honest look of true exhaustion, Kost's images and photographic montages reveal the character of his subjects with immediacy.

Jeremy has had numerous exhibitions of his work in major cities around the world, including New York, Dallas, Miami, Washington DC, Paris and Tokyo. Recently he was included in The International Center of Photography's Triennial Exhibition "Dress Codes". His work has been published in print media such as V and Vogue Hommes Japan, and in 2009 his book "Love.Hate.Nature." was published by The International Center of Photography.

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