Manly Affections by Chris Brickell – review

By Roger Blackley In Books

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10th November, 2012
Robert Gant’s extraordinary photography enjoyed a major outing in Mates & Lovers, Chris Brickell’s 2008 history of gay New Zealand. Now Brickell treats us to a more leisurely tour through a body of images that reveals how, for young middle-class males in 1880s Masterton, the world of entertainment bled seamlessly into the world of sport. By profession a pharmacist, Gant was an extroverted theatrical type who effortlessly manipulated the impressive stable of rugby-playing lads that were his photographic subjects. There is the easy masculine camaraderie of touchy-feely poses, as ...

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