Robert Flynt (b. 1956) lives and works in New York City. He creates surreal and sensual photo-montages of the male nude. At times, using an underwater camera, Flynt captures the weightless and ethereal movements of his models. He frequently collaborates with performance artists and dancers. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Flynt frequently utilizes secondary images drawn from a variety of sources, including anatomy charts, first aid textbooks, X-rays, astronomical maps, nineteenth-century etchings, men's wear catalogues, and even classic Roman sculptures. Such overlapping of images allows Flynt to create collage-like effects that begin with the male form but ultimately transcend it.
His work is complex, reminiscent of nineteenth-century photography and alternative process-based photography from the 1970s, but employing contemporary innovations that replace darkroom manipulations with digital ones. He has published several books, including Compound Fracture (1996).