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Thoma, Benno. BENNO THOMA: YOUNG COMPANIONS. Berlin, Germany: Bruno Gmunder Verlag, 1994. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. Fine.

The photographer's breakthrough debut collection. Now considered a contemporary erotic photography classic. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the pocket-sized edition, which was brought out in 2002 by the publisher. Published in a very small and limited print run as a softcover original only. The book is now rare. A brilliant production by Bruno Gmunder Verlag: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with large flaps, as issued. Photographs by Benno Thoma. There is no text. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Germany to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the photographer's male nudes, mostly in black-and-white. Benno Thoma achieved international status with this collection, which is a tasteful yet highly sensual celebration of the beauty of the male face and body. Each model is on the brink of manhood and exuding a singular mix of shy self-consciousness and bold self-confidence that for Benno Thoma, is the essence of their erotic appeal. Most of the models are photographed full-frontal; some, semi-erect, and two, with full erections. This would all be vulgar in lesser hands, as it were, but Benno Thoma succeeds in making the images seem the most natural thing a man could have or show or be. A "must-have" title for Benno Thoma collectors. This is an Import title, was not widely distributed in the United States, and is now highly collectible. This is one of very few copies of the true First Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare copy thus. One of the most brilliant living photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BENNO THOMA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3861870053. $150.00

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