This week: Hans Bendler
“Photographer Neil Edwards wrote us last week from Philadelphia to say that in a fit of pique, Hans smashed Neil's typewriter to the floor, also broke his camera, lightmeter and other sundry items and later returned to burglarize his house.”
Bob Mizer - Physique Pictorial Volume 16-2
Smiling faces. Glistening bodies. Loaded posing pouches. Bob Mizer’s camera turned common boys into stars.
But life at AMG wasn’t always idyllic. Some of those stars were “trade”. Some were AWOL. Some were petty criminals. Occasionally, in return for his generosity, Bob was robbed or assaulted and his property damaged.
Bob listed those offenses and many others in Physique Pictorial. Even the subjective character symbols next to certain models’ photos included “physically dangerous”, “petty thief” and “criminally inclined”.
Every other Friday we’ll feature “WANTED:”, an article about a model and his subsequent downfall in Bob’s own words.