The photographic evidence is utterly convincing: Men hugged, nuzzled, embraced, held hands, entwined legs, sat in each other's laps, gazed into each other's eyes. Men loved one another blissfully, unashamedly, and they weren't afraid to go into a photographer's studio and document that love. But even apparently straightforward photos make notoriously slippery proof, and these pictures of "men together" from photography's first seven decades (1840-1918) are slipperier than most. Are these emblems of the homoerotic longing smoldering behind the steely facade of modern masculinity or merely souvenirs of a time before that facade became so firmly fixed? Do they represent sexual desire or... More >>>