Browse Categories | General

Artists' works brought masculinity out in full color

May 23, 2017
Comments

In the same way that Bob Mizer was known for his use of props and costumes in his still images and films, so too are French duo Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard revered for their use of color, religious and mythical iconography,......

Physique Pictorial was a visual feast -- with a message

May 16, 2017
Comments

If the first issue of the upcoming Physique Pictorial relaunch is your introduction to Bob Mizer’s pocket-sized ode to beefcake, don’t worry – it’s never too late to learn about the history behind one of male physique......

Ideals of male beauty have changed over centuries

May 09, 2017
Comments

Though male physique photography pioneer Bob Mizer set out to define masculinity in post-war America, his idea of the perfect male body was a somewhat different one from that of previous centuries. There were similarities, of course, but......

Nova was at forefront of hardcore scene for a decade

May 02, 2017
Comments

If you still enjoy hardcore gay porn (and we’re betting you do), you have Nova Studios to thank in part. The now-defunct studio, whose star shone bright for a decade between the mid-1970s and mid-1980s, established many conventions......

Mansions served as scene of Mizer photo shoots

April 25, 2017
Comments

The models in Bob Mizer’s later photos frolicked, wrestled, and sneered amid backdrops and set designs that were a world away from the scenery that graced his photos in the 1950s. ...

Images feature nude soldiers at play during WWII

April 11, 2017
Comments

While Bob Mizer was scouting California’s Muscle Beach, in search for the pinnacle of grinning, flexing pictures of masculinity, there were other men an entire world away who were stripping down for another purpose.  ...

Reclusive artist created images of beauty, humor

April 04, 2017
Comments

If it weren’t for Bob Mizer, Harry Bush’s immense talent – and the bitterness and anger boiling underneath the hand that created stunning images of muscled men – may never have been realized. Bush – his real name, as he so often......

A champion of the erotic: The history of Champion Studio, part II

March 28, 2017
Comments

Author’s note: This is part two of a two-part series on the history of Champion Studio and its founder, Walter Kundzicz. ...

A champion of the erotic: The history of Champion Studio, Part I

March 21, 2017
Comments

Author’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on the history of Champion Studio Like nearly all other male physique photographers in the mid-20th century, Walter Kundzicz’s life was equal parts beauty and struggle. The......

Focus on: Photographer Warren Giddarie

March 14, 2017
Comments

Like the other male physique photographers who came before him, Warren Giddarie appreciates a perfect body and handsome face. ...

Palatinus one of many photogs who drew ire of 1950s law enforcement

March 07, 2017
Comments

It was a situation all too familiar to his contemporaries in years past. And now, it was happening to him. ...

So what is experimental photography, anyway?

February 28, 2017
Comments

Experimental photography is as old as the medium of photography itself. But the concept might be confusing for some who are new to the art. ...

To Mizer, Taylor was much more than just a model

February 21, 2017
Comments

Bob Mizer counted many people among his friends and acquaintances. His compound -- especially in the later years of his career -- was always buzzing with activity, day or night. ...

Quiz: Which Mizer film character are you? (Quiz 2 of 2)

February 14, 2017
Comments

By now, you’ve likely had a chance to take our quiz from last week. Maybe, however, you didn’t feel as if the options given quite fit your personality. Never fear – we have a second quiz for you, designed to pigeonhole you into a......

Quiz: Which Mizer film character are you? (Quiz 1 of 2)

February 07, 2017
Comments

We know there's no value in those personality quizzes that keep popping up online. They're just mindless fun. "Which 'The Walking Dead' character are you?" "Which Disney song best describes your valentine?" "Which Los Angeles......

Foundation seeks volunteers from the Bay Area

January 31, 2017
Comments

If you’ve ever wanted to know even more about the man behind the camera, the Bob Mizer Foundation has a place for you among its cadre of staff....

Mizer known for his lengthy responses to readers’ letters

January 24, 2017
Comments

The editors of most magazines welcome letters to the editor, allowing readers to praise, question or criticize editorial decisions made by the publication’s gatekeepers. A letter is received, it may be selected to be published, and the......

Character analysis revealed the core of Mizer's models

January 16, 2017
Comments

To the uninitiated, the symbols may as well have well been Egyptian hieroglyphics – clusters of arrows, circles, squares, squiggly lines, and backward question marks that began to appear next to a pictured model in Bob Mizer’s Physique......

Mizer's work only one small part of Kinsey Institute's archives

January 10, 2017
Comments

Most who have heard the name ‘Alfred Kinsey’ are likely to instantly link him to his pioneering studies of human sexuality. One of the most often-repeated findings of those studies, in fact, theorizes that at least 10 percent of the......

Beefcake From Across the Pond, Part III: From Muscle & Fitness to Barrington's Boys

December 27, 2016
Comments

Author’s note: This is the third in a three-part series on the history of physique culture in Great Britain. Look for a separate profile of British physique photographer John S. Barrington on January 3....