December 9, 2016

Book Review: Red-Blooded American Male


Red-Blooded American Male: Photographs, by Robert Trachtenberg is a delightfully interesting portrait photography book.

According to the inside cover: "From leading men to comedians, ballet dancers to quarterbacks, war veterans to Broadway veterans, Red-Blooded American Male features more than 100 imaginative, striking...portraits from award-winning photographer.... Trachtenberg also gives you a peek behind the curtain of a famed portrait photographer's creative process with captions that reveal how careful planning, dedication, and creative spontaneity result in iconic images."

In this book, the photographs are quite intriguing, and the quick commentaries, regarding insight into the photographs and subject matter, are amusing and interesting. The Introduction consists primarily of an interview by Jess Cagle, the editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly magazines, interviewing Trachtenberg about his photographs and this book.

Despite the title, this book also features various nationalities other than American, as well as a few women in the photographs. On page 2, Trachtenberg shares that "the title is meant in a completely tongue-in-cheek, take-none-of-this-too-seriously, nationality-neutral way."

Red-Blooded American Male: Photographs is geared towards adults, from college age to older generations, especially recommended for those interested in unique portrait photography. 


Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

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