Golden Iris Awards

Rick Day: Reader's Choice Winner for Photo Book of the Year

By: Michael Matson

It should come as little surprise that Rick Day’s Players Two was the Reader’s Choice for Photography Book of the Year with 48% of the votes. The New York-based photographer’s uncanny ability to shoot models minutes before they go viral in the gay blogosphere is part of what makes his latest book feel like a shiny new toy rather than a retread. Case in point: Internet “it boys” Daniel Garofali, Seth Kuhlmann, Kaylan Morgan and Matthieu all seduce from the book's NSFW images—some much more explicit than those stored on hard drives around the globe. And considering how prolific Day’s output is, we feel an annual tome is in order. Luckily, that’s been the case since Players debuted (Day’s second book, Pioneers, was published in 2010). Our pick for 2012 would be an entire book devoted to Day’s breathtaking Brazil sessions that made up Rufskin’s spring/summer swimwear campaign (another 2011 Reader's Choice winner).

For now, we are perfectly content enjoying this year's batch of Day dreams.