Thomas Knights, Elle Dowling (2016)
Fine art print on archive paper. Limited edition. Available in four sizes. Price £400 - £8,000
Courtesy of the artist and Beers London
When the photo of Prince Harry partying in Las Vegas surfaced and Homeland propelled Damian Lewis into the public eye, British photographer Thomas Knights knew the time had come to celebrate the much-maligned red-headed man.
Knights created a photographic collage of nine gorgeous male red-heads which, along with a short video, he posted online, inviting 'red hot' men to be photographed. The blog receive 40,000 hits in one day and the video was aired by US talk show host Conan O'Brien (who inserted his own image). Knights received worldwide publicity and went on to showcase ‘the world’s 100 sexiest red-headed men’ in the acclaimed Red Hot exhibition.
Two years on, Knights has teamed up with British designer Elliott James Frieze to create Red Hot II. Swathed in rippling black silk, striking red-heads assume poses reminiscent of classical sculptures, the paleness of their skin – commonly perceived as a flaw – accentuated to show its porcelain beauty.
Knights, himself a red-head, knows the derision experienced by ‘ginger’ men and has made the Diana Award, a leading campaigner against bullying, the charity partner for the associated book, Red Hot II.
For more information, see redhot100.com and beerslondon.com
Red Hot II (2016) is published by Bruno Gmunder and is available to purchase from redhot100.com
Hedge issue 45, pp70-78, March 2017