A creative collaboration between Damiani Editore x The Society of Scent: the precious androgyny of Ashen Orris is unequivocally displayed in “Icon, Artist, Photosexual” by sex symbol Peter Berlin. A curated combination and a great gift.

Hardcover + 0.5 fl.oz/ 15ml


Hardcover / 9 x 12 inches / 208 pages

Edited by Michael Bullock. Text by Jonathan David Katz, Evan Moffitt, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ted Stansfield.

Peter Berlin revolutionized the landscape of gay male eroticism in the tradition of Tom of Finland

Peter Berlin was a self-created icon. With his trademark pageboy haircut and his skin-tight costumes that put every detail of his anatomy on display (designed and tailored by Berlin himself to accentuate his already naturally defined physique), he became a gay sex symbol and a walking work of art.

Cruising was his career, and with a background in photography, Berlin began taking thousands of erotic self-portraits in the parks, train stations and streets of Berlin, Rome, Paris, New York and San Francisco, where he settled in the early 1970s. As Berlin put it, “One day I looked at a camera and said, ‘I have found my dream lover.’”

Berlin’s ’70s and ’80s self-portrait photography graced the covers of gay magazines, defining a look and a reimagined masculinity in a changing gay male culture. Spotlighting Berlin’s significant body of work, Peter Berlin: Icon, Artist, Photosexual pays tribute to the man who revolutionized the landscape of gay male eroticism and became an international sensation. The book is designed by Omar Sosa, Creative Director of Apartamento magazine, and is edited by Michael Bullock, writer and publisher of BUTT, Pin-Up, Fantastic Man and Gentlewoman magazines. In addition to essays by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jonathan David Katz, Ted Stansfield and Evan Moffitt, the book includes original quotes about Berlin by Jeremy O Harris, Kembra Pfahler, Andre Leon Talley, Armistead Maupin, John Waters, Arca, Silvia Prada, AA Bronson, Jack Pierson, Simon Foxton, Chris Moukarbel, Telfar Clemens, Paul Sepuya, Tim Blanks, Mariah Garnett and Rick Castro.


A FLORAL GEM IN THE MINERAL DUST: precious Iris, Sage and Galbanum sunken in ashen Woods, powdered Coriander, and milky Sandalwood. Like a capsule of magnetism, a enveloping Eau de Parfum created by Jean Claude Delville.

0.5 fl.oz/ 15 ml