Kurt Brown is a California-based, self-taught photographer with an eye for beautiful men of all colors. In fact, we were first drawn to his work because it features a mix of black, Latino, Asian and white men, and (sadly) it’s rare to see such diversity in a gay photographer’s online portfolio.
Brown’s photos place muscular men in different natural and urban settings, contextualizing each man’s physique within the world around them. Sometimes his photos allow us to appreciate the contrast between a man’s skin tone and the wood or concrete surrounding him; other times he captures a dramatic moment, whether it’s a man’s pensive look (full of depth and desire) or a wall of waves just before they crash into his beautiful model.
“I believe it is important to highlight beauty in all of its forms and colors,” Brown says. “We get so saturated with light-skinned examples of what is seen as beautiful all the time, but that is so very limiting and not at all representative of what I consider beautiful.”
Brown says that he meets a lot of his models through past projects, social media, online platforms like modelmayhem.com or by spotting men who might make great models in public.
“I shoot what I like personally and hopefully others will feel the same,” he says. “I think it’s a real shame that more people from all different walks of life aren’t portrayed in this way more often.”
In addition to his online photographs at his Tumblr (link NSFW) and Instagram, Brown has also published several books of photography including a book by Bruno Gmünder entitled Earthly Beauty, Man (Volumes 1 and 2) and Body of Man, a limited-edition photo book whose partial proceeds benefit charity.
He is currently working on a new book of nude photographs while also tending to family matters.
Here are some of Kurt Brown’s beautiful photographs:
Featured image by Kurt R. Brown