Browse Posts by Author | Bob Mizer

Pudgy Stockton: Buff Belle of the Beach

January 19, 2016
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Unlike obese men nicknamed ‘Slim’ or tall men nicknamed ‘Shorty,’ Abbye Eville’s nickname in childhood was anything but ironic. The girl who would later become Abbye Stockton earned the nickname ‘Pudgy’ for her rolls of baby......

Magazines provided risky outlet of desire for closeted gay men

January 12, 2016
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In the 1940s and 1950s, there existed a group of men who were both excited and fearful when they made the trek to the mailbox every day. "Had the magazine arrived that day? Did the mail carrier suspect anything? What about my wife? Or the......

Mizer compound at center of photographer's empire

January 05, 2016
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When the neighbors watched Delia Mizer and her precocious 5-year-old son Bob move into the Victorian house at 1834 W. 11th St. in Los Angeles in 1927, no one could have predicted just how many people would call the residence......

Death of Mizer's mother led to changes in AMG

December 29, 2015
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It’s easy to overlook Delia Mizer’s role in the early days of Bob Mizer’s career. But any out gay man who was once closeted and living in fear of his parents’ disapproval knows that she was always at the heart of it. Born in 1882,......

Bob Mizer on: His Mother's Death

December 25, 2015
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Mother’s death created quite a jolt for all of us, though we had all expected it. The first few days found me going into tears several times, but adjustment came quickly—without question I now have tremendously greater time open......

Magazine used as sounding board for Mizer's social commentary

December 09, 2015
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True followers of Bob Mizer’s “Physique Pictorial” know that the publication was more than just a menagerie of pretty faces and toned bodies – it was a place where the artist could offer his insight into the social and political......

Artist's illustrations breathe life into taboo desires

December 01, 2015
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While his mainstream counterparts in the art world were being trained in some of the world’s finest art institutes and honing their craft in sterile classrooms among the rigidity of academia, the erotic artist known as Rex received his......

Bob Mizer on: Depression

November 27, 2015
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"Depression can occur after heavy eating & is only momentarily relieved by eating. Lack of ambition is brought on by overstuffed gut—Only cure for depression is some sort of accomplishment or achievement. I am obsessed with sense of......

One-time Mizer model killed actor from Hollywood’s Golden Age

November 24, 2015
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Many types of men appeared throughout the pages of Bob Mizer’s "Physique Pictorial" over the years. The former all-American high school athlete. The dedicated bodybuilder. The hoodlum. The ruffian. And at least one killer – a monster,......

Models of color have graced pages of 'Physique Pictorial' since its beginning

November 19, 2015
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Racial diversity has long been displayed in Bob Mizer’s “Physique Pictorial” – since the publication’s infancy, in fact. The increasing number of African-American models in the magazine, as well as Mizer’s own notations that......

Michael Stokes: Photographer’s lens captures beauty of wounded heroes

November 06, 2015
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One L.A.-based photographer has literally stripped bare the stigma of injured veterans who return home from the battlefront. The more recent subjects of Michael Stokes are strong, scarred and sensuous, embodied in the poses of......

Little Joe: 50 Years Later

September 18, 2015
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Before Al Pacino portrayed a junkie in The Panic in Needle Park--and then a man in a relationship with a trans woman in Dog Day Afternoon--there was Joe Dallesandro, in Trash. Before Jon Voight played a male hustler......

MIZER FILMS FEATURED IN NARCISSUS MAGAZINE

July 27, 2015
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Thanks NARCISSUS MAGAZINE for a GREAT review of the film restoration work we do at the THE BOB MIZER FOUNDATION FILM ARCHIVE!...

TWO NEW EXHIBITIONS FEATURE MIZER WORKS THROUGH LATE AUGUST

July 22, 2015
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Coming off of the heels of the successful #Rawhide exhibit at Venus Over Manhattan in New York, Bob Mizer's works have now gone up on the walls of two galleries on the other side of the country this month, completing a nationwide tour of......

MIZER FEATURED IN APARTAMENTO MAGAZINE

July 22, 2015
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Mizer works featured in article interview with photography historian Vince Aletti. Apartamento Magazine Issue #15, cover shot by Jason Nocito. Available worldwide on the NOW!...

FOCUS ON Experimental Photographer Steven Chandler

May 30, 2015
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Steven Chandler says of his series "Unfound," "When you delete images from your digital camera the files are lost forever, not so with film. The mistakes, wrong decisions or bad memories continue to exist somewhere albeit as unwanted......

Foundation’s new DVD traces male films, photography in years preceding top court’s obscenity ruling

April 22, 2015
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It’s nudity, but is it art? The U.S. Supreme Court deemed the question irrelevant with its legalization of sexual nudity in April 1968. But in the years leading up to the ruling, the representation of the male form in media had to have......

ROUND 'EM UP! MIZER'S COWBOYS ON DISPLAY AT #RAWHIDE EXHIBIT THIS SUMMER

April 04, 2015
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Bob Mizer's captivating representation of 'bad boys' like bikers and hoodlums are a staple of his work -- but he was just as well known for his photographic portrayal of that traditional hero of Americana, the cowboy.Now, the Mizer......

FOCUS ON Experimental Photographer Joni Sternbach

September 27, 2014
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Another look at experimental photography, another way to stay creative in an ever-digital photo world where everything is "created" for you at the touch of a digital button on your phone. Another inspiration for the 1st......