Dudeoir: Sensual Male Photography is in Trend

David Gandy for Time Magazine David Gandy for Time Magazine

“Dudeoir” is a masculine take on boudoir photography, which traditionally involves a woman posing for a suggestive series of tasteful photographs in various stages of undress. Taking into consideration that it’s a brave new world out there, dear folks, and all one can really expect is the unexpected, the male brigade is increasingly ‘opening’ up to the idea of sitting, laying, playing and also stripping down a bit for a quick session of “dudeoir” photography.

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“The concept is quite simple. While boudoir photography specialises in beautiful portraits of a woman, dudeoir implies beautiful portraits of a man or ‘dude’. However, it shouldn’t be mistaken as something that captures brazenly nude-dude shots. It is more about capturing the essence of a man’s sensuality and masculinity,” explains Delhi-based photographer Akhil Kumar. He goes on, “Boudoir photography is an old practice and a unique kind of photo session during which women — especially brides-to-be — pose in lingerie creating sexy snaps for the men in their lives. Apparently, now the men of the world want in on the action as well. Although like I stated before, dudeoir needn’t necessarily be about being shirtless or nude as one believes. So, during most of these sessions, there isn’t any nudity involved. A man’s classic timeless portrait can be captured with him wearing a three-piece suit as well, after all.

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Putting aside the horrendous naming of this trend (who came up with this name?), we are intrigued on where this trend might go. Women, for more than several decades, have been put under such a glaring spotlight to appear in various stages of undress from Playboy magazines to rapper’s music videos. 

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The funny thing though, dudeoir isn’t something new. Throughout ancient Greek art, classical paintings and sculptures, male nudity was a common practice. It is not until the introduction of religion, like Catholicism in 1530, that the governing bodies decided to censor the portrayal of male phalli in public places either with a fig leaf or completely neutered those beautiful men to become eunuchs. 

We are getting more comfortable with nudity. Women have boobs and vaginas, men have penises and scrotum. Everyone has them. In the great word of Ru Paul, “Everyone is born naked, the rest is drag”.