During the early 1930s, George Platt-Lynes was commissioned as a fashion photographer, collaborating for such magazines as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar while he also became Hollywood’s acclaimed celebrity portraitist in the 1940s. In the meantime, he pursued a personal body of work featuring mostly male nudes and homoerotic images that he kept for himself or distributed to a close circle of friends. Having no commercial interest in his practice, fearing it would harm his reputation and business in a homophobic society, he even destroyed much of his archives, in 1955, when he was diagnosed with a terminal lung cancer, apprehending Joseph McCarthy’s ‘Red Scare’. While his earlier nudes depicted idealized youthful bodies and Ancient Greek-like ephebes such as a young Yul Brunner, he moved towards a rougher and more sexualized aesthetic in his later work. Dramatically lit, his compositions diffused a tangible sexual power with scenes that evoked post-coital moments, the whole with a somewhat touch of sadness possibly linked to his declining health. A pioneer in masculine erotic photography, George Platt-Lynes also helped forge Dr Alfred Kinsey’s research on homosexuality.