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Meet New York photographer Ron Amato

All photos: ©Ron Amato

For respected New York photographer Ron Amato thinking inside "The Box" has proven to be very sexy.  

The Box by Ron Amato

Photo from "The Box" ©Ron Amato

"The Box," in this case, is the title of Amato's monograph of gorgeously sensual male nudes. At 112 pages, in a smart 10”x10” format, "The Box" was released in 2017 following a widly successful Kickstarter campaign to complete production.  

Focused on themes of isolation, desire, conflict and empowerment, Ron Amato uses a series of boxes to create visual metaphors, echoing his development from adolescence to adulthood through over 100 color, and black and white photographs.  

Photo from "The Box" ©Ron Amato

Photo from "The Box" ©Ron Amato

“Most of my artwork explores issues of sexuality. The enigma of attraction has been an ongoing question," says Amato. "With 'The Box' I was able to explore those themes more deeply, helping me develop a better understanding of myself as a gay man and the larger gay universe.” 

Photo from "The Box" ©Ron Amato

Photo from "The Box" ©Ron Amato

Over thirty men, reflecting a diversity of ages, cultures, races and lifestyles–a thread that runs throughout Amato’s work–were photographed for “The Box.”

Photo from "The Box" ©Ron Amato

Photo from "The Box" ©Ron Amato

Amato is an full-time Associate Professor of Photography at New York City's FIT (The Fashion Institute of Technology), where he has been for the last 12 years, 6 of which as the Chairperson of the Photography Department  He has exhibited extensively in the US and internationally, been published in a number of anthologies and photographed for fitness and sports magazines, including Men's Health, Men's Fitness and Sports Illustrated.

Ron Amato by Gregg Evans

Photo by Gregg Evans

Ron lives in Brooklyn with his husband Seth and their two Fox Terriers, Ben and Zeb.

View more of his work, including his "Gay In Trumpland" series and buy "The Box" on Amato's classy, but NSFW website at www.ronamato.com

Ron's Instagram page is at @ron_amato

Every Friday Erotic Intent will bring you a piece of erotic art history, from ancient Greece and Rome on up to the present day. You can see some good examples of a of erotic art through the ages in our very first post, "Dildos, Strap-ons, and Pegging: An Anal History." We'd love suggestions of artists to feature. And if you create your own erotic art, please message us via our Facebook page.

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