In popular culture the male nude, however infrequent it may be, is depicted in a hyper-masculine, Abercrombie-esque way. The disregard of this standardised image is what makes Sakiko Nomura's photographs particularly compelling. She presents her subjects in an intimate, almost romantic light, while exposing their inner vulnerability.
Nomura was a long time assistant of Nobuyoshi Araki, and while there are elements of his teaching in her work, fundamentally she approaches the nude in a wholly different, more tender way. Nomura's set ups are simple, a man in a room shot in low lighting, and it is this simplicity that makes the inner fragilities of her portraits so apparent.
Check out the images below and see more of her work here.