Photography / Gay interest


Kings in Their Castles
Photographs of Queer Men at Home
Tom Atwood
Foreword by Charles Kaiser

"Refreshing clarity and modesty."—New Yorker

Kings in Their Castles, a collective portrait of the gay urban community in America, offers a personal view of some of our leading artists, writers, filmmakers, composers, musicians, and designers. Among the celebrities Atwood photographs in their playful, revealing homes are Edward Albee, Todd Oldham, John Waters, Ross Bleckner, Joel Schumacher, Junior Vasquez, Michael Cunningham, Simon Doonan, Andrew Solomon, Ned Rorem, James Dale, David Del Tredici, Tommy Tune, John Ashbery, Edmund White, and John Bartlett. Atwood also documents bohemians, beatniks, mavericks, and iconoclasts, an urban community that is slowly disappearing. Capturing whimsical, intimate moments of daily life and
portraying the complexity and diversity of this loosely linked society, Atwood reveals some of the most intriguing characters and homes in gay America. These beautiful fine art photographsshifting between the pictorial and the theatricalbecome both a witness and a celebration.

"Marvelous photographs that capture our idiosyncrasies and obsessions."
Tony Kushner

"Like a modern-day Gainsborough, [Atwood] allows the details of an environment to illuminate and suggest things about the personality inhabiting it. Along the way, he's become privy to the weird and wonderful cribs of many of today's most intriguing gay personalities."Genre

"Lush, lively evocations of creative living at its most humorous and engaged. . . . This book is guaranteed to open your eyes and at the very least, it will inspire you to hire an interior decorator."Amy Sohn, New York Magazine

"The most rounded photographic record we have ever had of the gay urban
experience."Charles Kaiser, from the foreword

Tom Atwood is an award-winning photographer based in Los Angeles. Atwood's work has been featured in dozens of publications; exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami; and has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the George Eastman House, and the International Museum of Photography and Film. Atwood's photographs may be viewed at

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cover of Atwood's book is illustrated with his photo of John Waters arranging a pile of junk on a table

September 2005
LC: 2005005439 TR
96 pp. 10 x 10 71 color photos
ISBN 978-0-299-21150-9 Cloth $35.00 t

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