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Photographer Jeff Sheng Debuts New Photo-Book of 202 'Fearless' Out LGBT Student Athletes

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Back in 2012, we told you about photographer Jeff Sheng and his series of sportraits entitled Fearless showcasing out LGBT high school and college athletes. The photo series, which showed at Pride House at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, has now been brought together in a book containing 202 portraits taken by Sheng over a 13-year span between 2003 and 2015. In the book Sheng also opens up about his own experience as a closeted athlete in the 1990s. 

Before working on Fearless, Sheng gained attention for his portrait series that showed LGBT servicemembers still actively serving during the reign of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'

Fearless, meanwhile, highlights the courage of the 202 young athletes Sheng photographed, underscoring the pivotal role they play in the current LGBT rights movement.

DerekOutSports spoke with one of the cover-boys, Derek Schell (who came out in 2013), about posing for Jeff's Fearless series:

"...when Jeff asked me to do a shoot with him, I was surprised. It was almost as if the whole process had come full circle. I was terrified and hidden and now I was in a position to wrap up a life-changing year as an openly gay college athlete."

Out former NBA player Jason Collins provides the afterword for the book, in which he commends the young athletes for their bravery:

“Coming out is one of the bravest actions that a person can take. The fact that these individuals are so young, still in high school and college, makes their decision to step forward even more remarkable. It gives us hope and makes us proud to see the next generation boldly embracing their true selves at such a young age. They are individuals that come from different races, religions, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Their images displayed in this book are truly inspirational.”

Released just in time for Pride month, Fearless has pride ingrained in its very design with 8 different specialty athlete covers showcasing the diversity of the LGBT sports community. When stacked together, the 8 different book versions form a three-dimensional representation of the original 1978 LGBT pride flag. 

You can buy Fearless HERE.

And check out all 8 covers, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Behind The Scenes of 'Harry Potter' Star Matthew Lewis' 'Attitude' Photo Shoot: VIDEO

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Can't get enough of Matthew Lewis, aka Neville Longbottom, and his stripped down style as recently seen in Attitude? Luckily for you, the British lad mag has released a behind the scenes video of Lewis on his scantly clad photoshoot.

J.K. Rowling should probably look the other way, but you can watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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JK Rowling Shocked By Neville Longbottom’s Racy Underwear Shoot: VIDEO

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Image via Attitude

JK Rowling has jokingly castigated Neville Longbottom actor Matthew Lewis for stripping off for an underwear shoot with Attitude, reports Stuff.

In a discussion with Lewis on Twitter, Harry Potter author Rowling referenced Daniel Radcliffe stripping off for a theater production of Equus

Lewis responded “Well this is awkward. Sorry, Jo….”

Rowling replied:

The Attitude cover comes ahead of the release of romantic drama Me Before You.

Watch an ET report, AFTER THE JUMP...(warning: autoplay)

 

Rowling also sent this out this morning:

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'Portraits in Provincetown' That Deserve More Face Time: VIDEO

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Many of you enjoyed a gallery and interview we posted last summer by photographer Emil Cohen featuring 47 portraits of people in Provincetown, which went on to get wide exposure on the web. Now, Emil is preparing a show of the portraits in Ptown this summer at the William-Scott Gallery and a book and is looking for funding to help finish the project.

Check out Emil's Kickstarter video, AFTER THE JUMP...

And help him out here.

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Intimate Photo of Russian Gay Couple Crowned World Press Photo of the Year

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Danish photographer Mads Nissen's above image of a gay couple in Russia has just won the World Press Photo of the Year 2014, the Associated Press reports:

The intimate image of Jon and Alex is part of a larger project by Nissen called "Homophobia in Russia" that highlights how life is increasingly difficult for sexual minorities in Russia.

Nissen said he sees the image, shot in St. Petersburg, as "a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story" about two people in love but facing outside forces who want to deny them their feelings.

Its sensitivity also appeared intended to act as a counterpoint to gruesome photographs and video spread by terrorists that increasingly come to dominate the news.

"Today, terrorists use graphic images for propaganda. We have to respond with something more subtle, intense and thoughtful," said World Press Photo jury member Alessia Glaviano.

Check out more images from Nissen's powerful and haunting "Homophobia in Russia" here


Legendary Gay Photographer James Bidgood Needs a New Camera: VIDEO

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James Bidgood, the photographer and filmmaker behind the groundbreaking fantastical 1971 gay film Pink Narcissus, which was shot entirely in his apartment with sets he built himself, and whose photographs served as a reference point for later photographers like David LaChapelle and Pierre et Gilles, needs a new camera. Read a lovely profile on Bidgood over at VICE.

Bidgood has a new project he would like to make a reality and has launched an Indiegogo campaign.

He writes, in part:

I have acquired... accumulated over the years.... the knowledge how to achieve my vision whatever it might be. The first photos I took... never having been to any photography school were of a sea nymph swimming in his underwater fantasy world and it was shot in my front room. There were nothing but naysayers then. They all laughed when I sat down at the piano ...but when I played!!!!

And so despite the doubters that still surround me with warning after warning, I am asking for your help to rise again above their protests and to prove to some small part of the world that neither age, nor fear of failure and being stored away in some home for the poor and elderly, nor any amount of good sense and despite how humble my circumstances...dreams can still be made into realities.

Watch Bidgood's good bid, AFTER THE JUMP...

And help him out HERE if you feel so inclined. One of Bidgood's works from the 1960s, below, via.

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