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Men of Great Style and Substance

An in-depth look at the iconic work of the internationally recognized photographer

Charismatic, compelling and trendsetting, 69 of the world’s most influential and creative men presented by cult style-bible Fantastic Man.

Gert Jonkers and Jop van Bennekom

Published by Phaidon

Hardcover, 9 5/8 x 6 7/8 in in (245 x 175 mm) , 572 pages

300 illustrations

English Language

About This Book

Charismatic, compelling and trendsetting, 69 of the world’s most influential and creative men presented by cult style-bible Fantastic Man.
Publication celebrates the ten-year anniversary of Fantastic Man magazine.

Features some of today’s biggest male celebrities including Ewan McGregor, Tom Ford, Helmut Lang and David Beckham.

Includes photography by renowned photographers such as Juergen Teller, Bruce Weber and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Elegant and cool, the book reflects the magazine’s signature aesthetics.

About the Author

Gert Jonkers & Jop van Bennekom (Amsterdam) are the creators and editors of men's menswear and lifestyle magazine Fantastic Man. Jonkers and Van Bennekom met each other in 1997 working on Blvd, a sophisticated Dutch cultural and lifestyle magazine. The pair collaborated on a gay culture magazine, Butt, in 2001, which had immediate impact. The two then turned to Fantastic Man and continued their success withThe Gentlewoman and a magazine for the fashion brand COS.

Contents and sections


FANTASTICNESS, an introduction by EMILY KING

Chapter 1

Mr. David Walliams
Mr. Alexis Taylor
Mr. Cerith Wyn Evans
Mr. Helmut Lang
Mr. Peter Saville
Mr. Ewan McGregor
Mr. Thom Browne
Mr. Fergus Henderson

Archive (I): CLEVER DETAILS - Sophisticated sartorial tricks

Mr. David Beckham
Mr. Rem Koolhaas
Mr. Rupert Everett
Mr. Tyler Brûlé
Mr. Carlo Antonelli
Mr. Moses Manley
Mr. Raf Simons
Mr. Russell Tovey
Mr. Hamish Bowles

Chapter 2

Mr. Antony Hegarty
Mr. Stefano Tonchi
Mr. Jeremy Deller
Mr. Peter Murphy
Mr. Evgeny Lebedev
Mr. Matthew Moneypenny
Mr. Mark E. Smith
Mr. Stefano Pilati
Mr. Fredric Brandt

Archive (II): GOOD LOOKS - Top-to-toe fabulous clothes, worn well

Mr. Charlie Porter
Mr. Ai Weiwei
Mr. Clément Chabernaud
Mr. Bret Easton Ellis
Mr. Olivier Zahm
Mr. Malcolm McLaren
Mr. Lucas Ossendrijver
Mr. Tom Ford
Mr. Richard Quest

Chapter 3

Mr. Bryan Ferry
Mr. Vinoodh Matadin
Mr. Antonio Bracciani
Mr. Wolfgang Tillmans
Mr. Steve McQueen
Mr. Jonathan Adler
Mr. Matthew Slotover

Archive (III): GRAND STILLS - Exquisite arrangements, pictured perfectly

Mr. Tim Blanks
Mr. Peter Philips
Mr. Ricky Clifton
Mr. Tobias Meyer
Mr. Konstantin Grcic
Mr. Christoph Waltz
Mr. Jonny Woo
Mr. Patrick Grant
Mr. David Bailey
Mr. Roberto Bolle
Mr. Spike Jonze

Chapter 4

Mr. Wim Crouwel
Mr. Peter York
Mr. Gavin MacDonald
Mr. André Balazs
Mr. Okwui Enwezor
Mr. Peter Jeroense
Mr. Oliver Sim
Mr. Giles Deacon
Mr. Joe McKenna

Archive (IV): NICENESS - Typographic treats, designed to delight

Mr. Benoît Duteurtre
Mr. Francesco Vezzoli
Mr. Xavier Dolan
Mr. Chris Dercon
Mr. Johnnie Shand Kydd
Mr. Claude Montana
Mr. Ollie Edwards

COVERS - 21 iconic covers produced over 10 years, chronologically, each accompanied by a pithy outline of the respective issue's highlights

INDEX - A directory of the 69 men featured in this book, alongside everyone else mentioned in the articles or involved in making the magazine


"With its minimalist design and art direction from photography greats... It's bound to be a coffee-table staple." —Racked.com

"A much-imitated scripture of men's style." —The New York Times

"[S]ome of the best fashion editorials and interviews in the magazine's history." —Out.com

"Fantastic Man's greatest hits... No album track duds here, oh no... Sandwiched between its handsomely printed covers such esteemed gentlemen as Tom Ford, Helmut Lang and David Beckham, photographed and discussed by the finest minds in the business. Kind of like a literary/fashion/man sandwich... Your guide to being a better man. Guaranteed self-improvement. What more could you want? It's fantastisch." —10magazine.com

"Fantastic Man['s] bombastic enthusiasm has been quietly upsetting the world of men#39;s publications since their first issue in 2005." —The Cut/Gallery

"Gert Jonkers and Jop van Bennekom are the creators of Fantastic Man, one of the most remarkable magazines of this era. It is an avant-garde throwback–a remarkably formal and philosophical men's fashion magazine that positions itself above the commercial fray with a singular tone and elegant design." —Interview

"Among the frighteningly fashionable, Fantastic Man is pretty much a cult... Each one an intelligent and successful man like we all want to be." —The Sunday Times

"Fantastic Man has a great influence in fashion circles... A handsome book." —The Guardian

"Delightful minutiae... Elegant images and thoughtful interviews." —The Guardian - The Fashion

"Spans 21 issues and the unexpected or insightful stories gleaned from their pages... Neither a tome nor a shrunken magazine, the thick but surprisingly light book is perfectly readable." —itsnicethat.com

"With its minimalist design and art direction from photography greats... It's bound to be a coffee-table staple." —Racked.com

"A much-imitated scripture of men's style." —The New York Times

Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans, (born August 16, 1968, Remscheid, West Germany), German photographer whose images of the everyday span from street photography to portraiture to landscape and still life to abstraction. In 2000 he became the first non-British artist to win the Turner Prize, and he was a recipient of the Hasselblad Award in 2015. Tillmans first experimented with photography in 1987 by enlarging found photographs with a photocopier. He bought his first camera the following year. In the late 1980s he immersed himself in the club scene and gay nightlife in Hamburg and began taking pictures at that time. He submitted those photographs to the British magazine of fashion and contemporary culture i-D, which published them. He continued to publish his work in that magazine into the 21st century. In 1990 he moved to Bournemouth, England, to study art for two years at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design. He settled in London in 1992 and the next year exhibited an unframed photograph from his Lutz & Alex series—casual portraits of two decidedly androgynous friends—at Unfair, an art fair in Cologne for emerging artists. As a result of that exhibition, his career took off in Europe. Art book publisher Taschen produced a book of his work in 1993, and Tillmans began exhibiting frequently. He also found success in New York City and exhibited widely while living there in 1994–95 and onward. He continued to rely on i-D and other magazines, however, as a regular venue for his work. In 1997 Tillmans created a now well-known series of seemingly mundane images documenting the last month in the life of his partner, Jochen Klein, who died of AIDS. Following Klein’s death, which had a notable impact on the photographer, Tillmans’s work gained a stronger political angle, and he became a more vocal advocate for the LGBTQ communities. His was the winning design for an AIDS memorial in Munich (installed 2002).

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