Queer Photographer Jack Pierson Looks To Yesteryear For “Tomorrow’s Man”

Photos from vintage physique pictorial magazines are combined with art and images from Pierson and his collaborators.

Jack Pierson came of age as a photographer in the 1980s, along with contemporaries like Nan Goldin, David Armstrong, and Mark Morrisroe. He’s now a celebrated fashion and commercial photographer, but Pierson’s ongoing series “Tomorrow’s Man,” keeps his radical queer aesthetic alive with collages of pictorials from vintage men’s physique magazines.

Now “Tomorrow’s Man” has gone online in a virtual gallery curated by Joakim Andreasson, creative director for the Tom of Finland Store.

Jack Pierson/Tomorrow's Man

Pierson takes viewers on a dizzying visual journey combining archive material with contributions from selected artists, illustrators and writers. The online platform provides a mesmerizing web-adapted overview of the publications to date, and an insight into Pierson’s intimate work and the community of artists he surrounds himself with.

Jack Pierson/Tomorrow's Man
Jack Pierson/Tomorrow's Man
Jack Pierson/Tomorrow's Man

Fans can also pick up Tomorrow’s Man#4, which is the result of Pierson using his own images—plus those by contemporary artists like Richard Tinkler, Jeff Elrod, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, and Evan Whale—and “welding” them with archival pop-culture images.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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