The little-known photography of Tom of Finland

29th April 2021, 8:22 pm

 

TOM OF FINLAND, Untitled (Val Martin), 1984, Tom of Finland Permanent Collection ©1984-2021 Tom of Finland Foundation

As a new exhibition of Tom of Finland’s photographs opens, Miss Rosen examines this relatively unexplored side to the hugely influential artist’s work

 

 

“Tom never thought that anything other than his finished drawings would be of interest or value to the public and his collector base,” president of Tom of Finland Foundation Durk Dehner tells Miss Rosen, as a new exhibition celebrating the legendary queer artist’s photography opens. “He would find a model, photograph them, develop the film, make the prints, cut the prints out and glue them into his reference binders. Then he would draw a preliminary sketch, sometimes two, and then do the finished drawing. He thought of his photography as a means to an end.”

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Published: 29th April 2021

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