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Take a tour of our new streaming video website, Posingstrap.tv

July 18, 2017
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The Bob Mizer Foundation last week launched PosingStrap.TV, a video streaming service that allows viewing of vintage physique films on its website, phones, and smart TVs. The Bob Mizer Foundation holds the world’s largest repository of......

Physique Pictorial allotted space for other studios to hawk their wares

July 11, 2017
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Both longtime friends and Bob Mizer himself have stated that the photographer was all too happy to promote the work of other artists and studios. Mizer didn't see his contemporaries as competitors. Quite the opposite -- he believed that......

Props, costumes added unique touch to Mizer's photos, films (Part II)

June 26, 2017
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Author’s note: This is the second in a two-part series about the props, costumes and scenery used in Bob Mizer’s photos and films.  ...

Props, costumes added unique touch to Mizer's photos, films (Part I)

June 20, 2017
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Author’s note: This is the first in a two-part series detailing some of the props used by Bob Mizer in his movies throughout the years. Part II will run on our blog on Tuesday, June 27....

BREAKING NEWS: Colt Studios founder Jim French dies

June 16, 2017
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Jim French, the male physique photographer who pioneered new standards in masculinity through his images and drawings, has died. He was 84. According to his partner, Jeff Turner, French dies peacefully in his sleep on Thursday......

Bidgood’s cinematic seven-year itch finds new life, audiences

June 13, 2017
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In the early 1960s, just a few years before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that nudity in art was not obscene, one artist’s career began with a literal splash....

He might be a hunk, but he's only human

June 06, 2017
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I’ve always been a trusting, naïve person by nature. When you admit this to someone in almost any scenario you encounter in life, it’s because, for one reason or another, you’ve let your guard down. You’ve inadvertently......

Venue brought AMG models to the silver screen

May 30, 2017
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Those AMG patrons who were fortunate enough to live in the Los Angeles area during the mid-1960s and early 1970s were likely familiar with the Park Theatre as the nucleus of gay cinema....

Artists' works brought masculinity out in full color

May 23, 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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. ...