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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
June 24 - July 30, 2011
Philadelphia, PA

AxD Gallery
presents:
Modern Slave
Gelatin Silver photographs by JD Dragan



Opening reception Friday, June 24, from 5 PM to 8 PM.

Artist talk with JD Dragan Saturday, July 16th at 3 PM.

Modern Slave, a new exhibition of fine art gelatin silver photographs by JD Dragan, challenges the roles of modern men of color.

JD Dragan has been exclusively photographing men of color for over thirty years. His award winning body of work is considered a cornerstone within this underappreciated field of male nude photography. Spanning ten years, Modern Slave at AxD gallery reflects Dragan’s strongest held beliefs regarding the effects of the external and internal forces stifling all men of color in America and throughout the world today.

Each of Dragan’s subjects are chosen after several lengthy interviews to not only evaluate one’s comfort with baring flesh in front of a camera, but to best capture a model’s unique personality. As a result of this unorthodox selection process, Dragan has not only discovered the honest eroticism of his subjects, but their complex and often heart-wrenching personal histories.

No longer to be seen as human beings only worthy of subjugation and as mere objects of sex, fear or parody, JD Dragan hopes the men depicted in Modern Slave can finally be appreciated in ways that both celebrate their ethnicity and champion their individuality

AxD Gallery
Wednesday - Saturday, Noon to 6
PM, Tuesdays: by appointment only.
265 S. 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 • Map • 215.627.6250
AxD Gallery Website

JD Dragan Website

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