American men once had their portraits taken together much more frequently then they do now.
As significant as this decline in ritual representation of male relationships may be, equally
important (or more so) is the recognition that those photographs captured a world of feeling
between men that eventually would largely disappear from view. Today Freuds shadow still
looms large: In a world in which sexual relationships receive so much attention, we often forget
the significance (or even deny the possibility) of intimate association wholly without a sexual componant.
JOHN IBSON / PICTURING MEN - A Century Of Male Relationships In Everyday Photography