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The royal treatment: Tom Atwood's photo book Kings in Their Castles takes an intimate look into the culture of urban gay men, one home at a time.

Getting into the bedrooms of many of New York City's best-known gay men is no easy task. For photographer Tom Atwood it took nearly five years, countless rolls of film, and a penchant for the odd and eclectic.

The result of all his hard work is Kings in Their Castles (University of Wisconsin Press), which features a wide range of gay men in their New York City homes, from the guy next door to notable figures like Todd Oldham. Atwood says his goal with Kings was to create a more realistic portrait of gay male life.

"When I'm in a gay bookstore, all I see are these books filled with photos of nude gay men romping through a beach," says Atwood. "I wanted to do something different."
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Author:Scott, Justin
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Oct 11, 2005
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