The Box - Ron Amato
- Publisher: Bruno Gmuender (Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram)
- Publication Date: May 1, 2017*
- Format: Hardcover
- Trim Size: 10 x 10”
- Page count: 112
- Illustrations: 108 color and black-and-white photographs
For respected New York photographer Ron Amato, and professor of photography at FIT (the Fashion Institute of Technology), thinking inside "The Box" has proven to be very sexy.
"The Box" in this case, is the title of Amato's monograph of gorgeously sensual male nudes, for which he ran an overwhelmingly successful Kickstarter campaign last Fall to help cover final production and printing costs.
Focused on themes of isolation, desire, conflict and empowerment, Ron Amato uses a series of boxes to create visual metaphors, echoing his development from adolescence to adulthood through over 100 color, and black and white photographs.
“Most of my artwork explores issues of sexuality. The enigma of attraction has been an ongoing question," says Amato. "With 'The Box' I was able to explore those themes more deeply, helping me develop a better understanding of myself as a gay man and the larger gay universe.”
Over thirty men, reflecting a diversity of ages, cultures, races and lifestyles–a thread that runs throughout Amato’s work–were photographed for “The Box.”
Amato is an full-time Associate Professor of Photography at New York City's FIT (The Fashion Institute of Technology), where he has been for the last 12 years, 6 of which as the Chairperson of the Photography Department
He has exhibited extensively in the US and internationally, been published in a number of anthologies and photographed for fitness and sports magazines, including Men's Health, Men's Fitness and Sports Illustrated. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband Seth and their two Fox Terriers, Ben and Zeb.