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Cali, Joe (Subject) & Plato (A.K.A. George Haimsohn). JOE CALI: NUDE COLOR PHOTOGRAPH BY PLATO. New York City, NY: Plato Studios, Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 1 pages. As New.

Joe Cali and Plato collectible item. The single most famous color photograph of Joe Cali, one of the most popular and sexiest male-nude models of our time, as photographed by Plato, the pseudonym of George Haimsohn. The photograph measures 5 X 7 inches, is "bleed", and is an original contemporary print, reproduced on archival FujiColor photographic paper. It is encased in a protective plastic sheet. The photograph shows a seated Joe Cali in a full-frontal nude shot, taken with subtle lighting, and subsequently hand-painted by the photographer, in order to heighten the gossamer, diaphanous effect of the "soft-focus" imagery. His most beautiful photograph, it has circulated online (in very inferior quality and in crude black-and-white conversion) since the advent of the Internet. Its paradoxical mix of grittiness and poetry anticipates, without credit being given to Plato, the work of such photographers as Jack Pierson and Mark Morrisroe down to the props: In this case, a chair and a dimly lit room. Joe Cali was one of the iconic models of the last quarter of the 20th century. He also appeared in Hollywood films, most notably a role in "Saturday Night Fever". Plato sifted through his huge collection of negatives and slides and made prints of some of the hand-colored work. The images were originally shot in color. Plato had soluble color paints, which he applied by hand with a tiny brush and a magnifying glass, to give the images an otherworldly look. This painstaking process was not just artisanal, it was a visionary craftsman/artist working to realize his very personal vision of earthly Paradise. Joe Cali was photographed by several photographers based in the East Coast. A New Jersey native, he was discovered by Plato in Washington Square Park, New York City. Aside from Plato, he was also photographed by Vulcan, Model-of-the-Month Club, and Photozique Studios. This photograph comes from previously unpublished work that will finally appear in a long-overdue collection, "Uncovered: Rare Vintage Male Nudes" (published in Spring 2009). A "must-have" collectible item for Joe Cali and male erotic art photography collectors. This is an original contemporary color print, very highly collectible, and eminently suitable for framing. This is the only copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. One of the iconic American models of the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO JOE DALESSANDRO AND BRUCE OF LOS ANGELES TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $100.00

This item is available for purchase. This web page was most recently updated on October 20, 2017.