Beginning in the mid-1980s, New York–based artist and photographer Robert Flynt shot clothed and nude figures, primarily male, underwater. By employing a variety of specialized (then analog) printing techniques, including multiple exposure, his nudes summon feelings of loss or the rapturous movement of sexual encounter. Flynt’s work reconsiders traditional notions of beauty by entering unfamiliar depths that foster sensual immersion in the viewer. The hauntingly poetic images in Compound Fracture provide a new context for viewing the human form in relation to other bodies, space, and history. This artist-designed publication, reflecting Flynt’s contemporaneous installation work, won a Best Book Award from the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).
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