I love you, man by Kurt Simonson

Issue 68

I Love You, Man is a series of portraits exploring the desire and longing for intimacy in friendships between men, a desire that most men feel, but are often afraid to express to one another in contemporary Western culture.

As with the rest of my work, I am continuing to navigate the longing to connect with others in the face of an enduring sense of disconnectedness.  The men in these photographs include some of my closest friends, some of my former students whom I have mentored, and some of my own mentors.  They are all men with whom I have shared a rich history of love and support through times of joy and mourning.  These friends testify to the possibility of such vulnerable intimacy among men as they present themselves, insecurities and all, in an exchange of trust and gratitude.  

Kurt Simonson lives and works in Long Beach, California, USA.  
To view more of Kurt's work, please visit his website.

You can purchase a photograph by Kurt Simonson from Fraction Editions.

  Seth, 2012

Seth, 2012

  Louie, 2013

Louie, 2013

  Stephen, 2012

Stephen, 2012

  Dan, 2012

Dan, 2012

  Ben, 2013

Ben, 2013

  Tom, 2012

Tom, 2012

  Nathan, 2013

Nathan, 2013

  AJ, 2014

AJ, 2014

  Chase, 2013

Chase, 2013

  Steve, 2014

Steve, 2014

  Corey, 2013

Corey, 2013

  Brendon, 2014

Brendon, 2014

  Justin, 2013

Justin, 2013

  Jeff, 2012

Jeff, 2012

  Dave, 2012

Dave, 2012

  Nathan, 2012

Nathan, 2012

  Drew, 2013

Drew, 2013

 Jason, 2013

Jason, 2013

 Dustin, 2012

Dustin, 2012

 Randy, 2013

Randy, 2013