I WALK THE CITY. I SHUTTLE AND REVEL IN IT. THE CITY INSPIRES ME WITH HER PROVOCATIVE AND FLEETING INTOXICATION. SO I PHOTOGRAPH THE CITY. I BITCH AND SCREAM ABOUT IT. I FREEZE THE BEAUTY AND UGLINESS THAT IS DISAPPEARING FROM OUR BELOVED CITY. – CRUZ VISIONNAIRE –
For 10 years BeautifulMag has been at the frontline when it comes to showing and – yes – defending the beauty of the male form. In all its aspects. Fashion and fitness, but also fine art. Nudity. We have always believed that the male body is a piece of art by itself, like the female body that for one reason or the other is so much more accepted as a form of beauty. Though it is our believe our journey has never been a personal quest, but a quest nevertheless. And even though we believe we gained territory, the quest has not yet come to an end. And so we are always happy if a new generation of photographers embraces the same feelings as we do, and many artists with us.
Cruz Visionaire is/are two new photographers – Justin Cruz and Lukas Zhao - who studied and graduated in photography from the New York Institute of Photography. They created Cruz Visionnaire in oreder to reveal new models and the beauty of the City to the world. And when we are talking about the City we are of course referring to New York City, a melting pot of both different races and cultures as well as architectural and lifestyles. This is their playing ground. This is where they find inspiration and create their art. And they do it like every young artist does. With passion, motivation and enthusiasm. By combining a rigorous technical expertise with artistic eye, they create images that are both raw and stylish.
Currently their online portfolio exist in two parts. Photographs of the city in all its ugly beauty or beautiful ugliness, and portraits of young man, sensual and beautiful, and as diverse and direct as the photos they took of New York City. Their work with model Jay Alexander is a perfect example. Unashamed and direct; showing the man fro what he is. An example of male beauty and sexuality that we still – unfortunately – see so little of. Cruz Visionaire is a new photography duo who understand perfectly what the world needs. Reality and beauty and unashamed honesty. –BM-
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