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Nyc Go Go By Bruce Benderson, Slava Mogutin

Reviewing: Power House Books 2008  |  Rating:
By sunny239 on
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Slava Mogutin was born in Siberia and exiled from Russia when he was 21 because of his queer activism and writings. Russia's loss was our gain. His beautiful photography of the New York City club world of the mid-1990's is what "NYC Go-Go" is about. This is a tribute to a period that was and Mogutin shows us the shrinking downtown gay club scene by taking us, through his photographs to the few remaining spots--Cock, Boysroom and Mr. Black. It is a world of decadence, populated by hustlers and go-go boys, "rough trade' with criminal pasts and guys that are gay for pay. Many of them are friends of the man with the camera. He gives us a raw style that is most definitely in your face. Downtown New York was like this before then mayor, Rudy Giuliani began his "Quality of Life" campaign and cleaned up the area. The photos are incredible.

The shots are not posed and we see pictures that are lewd and very erotic and that tease the viewer. The early photos lead to the full frontal nude photos in the nook.

Bruce Benderson, noted gay author contributes the introduction which is enlightening and clearly written. It and the photos give us a look at a world that many of us will never have the chance to know.