In a recent review of the latest publication of AMG’s classic photography, John F. Karr lauded Bob Mizer as more than a simple pornographer. The article, which appeared in Bay Area Reporter, affords Mizer a title few in the industry can ever expect to receive that of an artist. Karr, like many AMG loyalists, has admittedly been a fan of Mizer’s campier imagery but was delighted to find a more aesthetically aware Mizer through the images in Volume VII of American Photography of the Male Nude 1940-1970.
Mizer had little professional training and focused primarily on the urges of his horny Midwest, fan base. However, when he took chances, and stepped away from the convention of his poolside pornography, Mizer was able to create images worthy of title given him by Karr. Today, there is an overabundance of fine art pornography, but in Mizer’s time it was rare to find a photographer who could properly meld x-rated material with high-end aesthetics.