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For Phil Dlab, the journey to embracing his identity as a photographer of male nudes was not without its challenges. From skeptical friends and colleagues to living in a more traditional society, Dlab has faced obstacles in claiming his place as a photographer in a field dominated by images of female nudes. But it’s this very gap in the market that led Dlab to pursue his passion and fill a need for authenticity in male nude photography.
Dlab’s approach is simple yet unique: capturing “guys doing guy things – naked.” From making breakfast to going for a spin on a bike, Dlab’s goal is to capture these moments in the most casual, authentic and “hidden camera” manner possible. And while his photography may not always fully achieve this aspirational direction, it offers a refreshing perspective in an industry that often relies on formulaic, staged, and inauthentic imagery.
In a world where commercial trends often dictate what is popular and appealing to the majority, Dlab’s work serves as a reminder that there is still a place for authentic art that speaks to a deeper desire for something real and raw. It’s this realization that has driven Dlab to pursue his photography and continue to fill a gap in the market for those who, like him, crave a different kind of content.
So, the next time someone asks Phil Dlab what he does for a living, he can proudly and sincerely answer: “I photograph male nudes.”
Nothing to Hide by Phil Dlab has been released and is available now.