RED HOT 100
By Thomas Knights
Reviewed by Graeme Aitken
In 2010 Thomas Knights had the inspiration of presenting ginger guys in a way that hadn’t been done before. He wanted to show them as desirable, sexual, confident and heroic and ‘rebrand the ginger male stereotype’. Once you have studied his recently published photography book you will be left in no doubt that he has succeeded. In 2013, Knights began RED HOT which caught the attention of first bloggers and then the media and on a global scale. An exhibition RED HOT: LONDON in December 2013 proved so successful it has now began to tour internationally. Now a series of events RED HOT DOWN UNDER will take place in Sydney from Sunday 30 November 2014. All the details can be found at this website – http://www.acon.org.au/RedHotDownUnder
Red Hot 100 is a handsome coffee table book published by Bruno Gmunder which is striking not only for it’s focus on red headed male models, but also for providing an insight into all of these men. Each model is quoted and gives their perspective on being ginger. Some contribute only a sentence; others contribute a short essay. Well-known models include Colt calendar man for 2015 Seth Fornea and Greg Rutherford, the British Olympic long jump champion. All the models are photographed against the same blue background and these are portraits of the face or from the waist upward. There is no nudity and certainly no attempt to showcase ‘the carpet matching the drapes’, a remark that many of the models cite or comment on. There is a strong focus on British and European models, but there is at least one Australian in the mix and a surprising number of Latinos with red hair! Who knew there were ginger Brazilians and Venezuelans? In the words of model Reid Worthington – ‘Blonds are memorable … but redheads are unforgettable’.