It is clear that photographing the male nude is a thriving business. The pressing need to throw off the machismo attitudes and restraints of the Victorian era has won through. Although freedom to publicly display male nude images has been granted grudgingly, and progress has had its ups and downs, society has gradually moved forward from decade to decade.
The recognition of the male body as a sex object in this century links us strongly to the Renaissance and further back to antiquity.
Whether it heralds a new equality between men and women, whether it predicts a new kind of polymorphous sexuality, or whether it is just a momentary breath of pagan refreshment before another wave of repression and conservatism, is hard to say. But for the male body to break free of the wrappings of centuries has been an impressive achievement, and achievement of photography alone. Those men and women who, through their talent, persevering, courage and perhaps obsession, brought this about deserve much credit. No doubt it will be accorded to them in time.