Henning von Berg and the Alpha Males


English to German

World-famous photographer Henning von Berg first made a name for himself with his photo shoot in Berlin’s Reichstag – in 1999 he photographed six naked men, later known as the “Reichstag Rascals”, and created an international sensation.
His photographs became known worldwide in just three years. Several unique eye-catching images elevated HvB Photography into a recognizable label with an international reputation.


Alpha Males

Henning von Berg’s long overdue retrospective – distinctive, provocative, fascinating!

What do we mean by Alpha males? The origin of the expression was to indicate the male leader of a group, be it a pride of lions, a pack of dogs, or a tribe of humans. The alpha male was the leader of the pack, in our time to be boiled down to describe personalities like Frank Sinatra, President Kennedy, Sylvester Stallone and more contemporarily, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, soccer player David Beckham, tennis star Roger Federer and others who are handsome and strong and leaders of men.

In the gay world it has the added connotation of having a large penis. So the symbol has become simplified. One might say almost into a cartoon. Does Alpha male then only mean a man with large muscles and an equally large endowment? Henning von Berg doesn’t think so. In this fascinating and beautifully photographed book there is an exploration all over the world for what Alpha male might mean. And not only for physical types, but in greater depth into personality, vulnerability, and humanity.


THE HALL, Wade, Silvio + Forrest, Kenwood Estate, California, USA, 2004

Courtesy Henning von Berg – © www.BookAlphaMales.com


Here, Henning von Berg has discovered for us that men should not be locked into over-simplified ideas about how they should look, how they should behave, and how they should present themselves for the world to see. A giant bodybuilder can contrast his ebony skin with a fragile ballet tutu. Groups of men can just take it all off and appear in public naked; to break the barriers between what is all right to do and what is not all right to do. Heroic poses tell us that there is more to a man and more to life than a pose.

The models of Henning von Berg show us that being an Alpha male doesn’t mean just looking strong but also being strong in our rapidly changing world. This is a new grown-up way of thinking about leadership. It is not just how you look. It is also who you are. As we enter a new century, we have to thank Henning von Berg for helping to show us the way.

David Leddick (Miami Beach, July 2007)


David Leddick
A leading expert in male nude photography, David Leddick is the author of several award-winning anthologies on the subject. He also has written 5 novels, a biographical study of George Platt Lynes, Paul Caddmus, and Lincoln Kistein. Leddick lives in Paris and Miami Beach.


The photographs

CLIFF DANCER, Series Dancers, Damion, Vasquez Rocks, California, USA, 2003

Courtesy Henning von Berg – © www.BookAlphaMales.com

HANGING, Series Gymnasts, Maxim, Prora Building, Rügen, Germany, 2006


Courtesy Henning von Berg – © www.BookAlphaMales.com

LIGHT, Series Vulnerability, Andre G., Soviet Lungs Sanatorium, Beelitz, Germany, 2003

Courtesy Henning von Berg – © www.BookAlphaMales.com

PEACEFUL WARRIOR, Damion, Rio Tijuana, Mexico, 2005

Courtesy Henning von Berg – © www.BookAlphaMales.com

THE LOOK, Brett, Agua Dulce Canyon, California, USA, 2002

Courtesy Henning von Berg – © www.BookAlphaMales.com


Our special thanks to Henning von Berg





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~ by Stampfli & Turci on February 24, 2008.

2 Responses to “Henning von Berg and the Alpha Males”

  1. wow!

  2. Amazing!!!

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