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From Emily Colucci’s extensive review for Filthy Dreams:

In an interview with “The Guardian”’s Dominic Rushe, photographer and porn star Peter Berlin explains, “I have wondered what it would be like to just have Peter Berlins on this planet. I think I’d prefer that. It sounds selfish. Very rarely have people made me stop the way I made people stop. If I was on a planet where everybody looked like me, I think I’d like that—but maybe it would be a mistake.”

While Berlin’s statement could be understood as an alternately comic and off-putting form of narcissism, his stunning photographic self-portraits, which are currently on view at ClampArt’s exhibition “WANTED: Peter Berlin,” reveal his inventive and influential use of his own body and self-created aesthetic as a revolutionary source of erotic pleasure. With his tight jeans or leather pants, blond pageboy hair and classical Grecian figure, Berlin’s portraits portray a distinct and enduring hypersexual gay male eroticism similar to Tom of Finland’s unwavering leathermen imagery. However—unlike Tom of Finland, who completed several portraits of Berlin, Berlin asserts his own body as an ideal, transforming self-portraiture into self-love.

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