IF THERE IS ONE MAN WHO WAS ABLE TO CHANGE THE FACE OF MALE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR THE WHOLE WORLD TO SEE, ONE INCREDIBLE ARTIST WHO BECAME A REFERENCE, YES A BENCHMARK AND AN IDOL FOR MANY TO FOLLOW, ONE PHOTOGRAPHER WHO CLEARED THE WAY FOR THE MANY THAT CAME AFTER HIM AND WISHED TO EXPLORE THE STILL RELATIVELY UNKNOWN TERRITORY OF EROTIC MALE PHOTOGRAPHY, IT MOST LIKELY IS JOE OPPEDISANO. HE DID ALL THAT AND MORE. YES, JOE OPPEDISANO IS WITHOUT DOUBT ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHERS OF THIS TIME. SO IF WE TELL YOU THIS IS THE MOMENT TO OWN WORK MADE BY JOE OPPEDISANO, DO YOU HAVE TO THINK TWICE?
People assume that with idealized looks and chiselled bodies male models must be super conceited, but it’s not really the case. Joe Oppedisano has met and worked with maybe the most beautiful men of our time and he can truly say that 85% of them have been the nicest men he has ever met. Most of them are just sweet guys from a farm somewhere in the middle of nowhere and not at all the images they end up representing of the worldly iconic characters they play for the camera.
Joe Oppedisano was casting for just such men for his documentary KNOCKOUT!, which was about him photographing a calendar of MMA fighters. It was going to be shot at the legendary Gleason’s Boxing Gym in Brooklyn and Joe started getting guys coming to see him who were handsome, rugged and fit the part. But then, working out at David Barton Gym one evening on 23rd Street, new York, Joe saw, in the stretching room, two guys. Two trainers who were literally kicking the crap out of each other with such precision and grace, sweat and motion, it was like a beautifully choreographed ballet. It was then at that moment, that Joe realized he could cast hot models or the real thing. He approached Tyler and Quentin, the two young men he had spotted, and somehow talked them into it. And then Tyler looked at him and said: ”You think I’m hot? You should see my brother Luke. He’s 19, lives in Florida and is a fighter as well.”
Joe Oppedisano has done some crazy stuff in his career, and then some more. He has known ups and downs, times of glamour and celebrity and periods of darkness and misery. But no one can’t deny Joe is a genius, who often follows simply his heart more than his head. When talking to Tyler and learning about his brother Luke, Joe did just that. He followed his instinct, bought a plain ticket and went to Florida without even seeing a simple photo of Luke before. His heart told him it was the right thing to do. And it turned out to be the right thing to do. Joe spent a day filming, got some amazing footage – which eventually resulted in a blockbuster documentary film – and, maybe more important than anything else, found a friend for life in Tyler Peterson
Maybe because he went through so much himself, maybe simply because Joe Oppedisano is a sincerely good man. Whatever the reason, Joe is the kind of guy who will go great lengths for those he cares about. So when he very recently learned that Tyler Peterson, the sweet guy who became such a good friend, is sick and needs attention – fast attention – he didn’t think twice. Joe Oppedisano has decided to sell images from the KNOCKOUT! cover, the very ones presented here today. More than that, Joe will donate 100% of the sales to Tyler to get him the operation he so desperately needs.
Joe Oppedisano offers his photographs in two sizes. 11X14 prints are $350 and 16x20 will go for $500. Yes it‘s quiet some money, but then again it isn’t everyday that you get the chance to own a photography print made by Joe Oppedisano, that man who has done, and still does, so much ground-breaking work in the field of male photography, and at the same time be able to help a young man fight and hopefully survive a terrible sickness. Specially in a time like this, when the world is once again reminded how important it is to love and be loved. Specially now, in the darker days before Christmas.
Joe Oppedisano accepts orders placed by mail with the item letter and size with your address, and checks or money orders can be sent to:
122 First Street Apartment 3
Troy, NY 12180 (USA).
Joe’s email address is email@example.com.
Don't think twice. Thank you. Don't think twice. Thank you. –BM-
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