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Mizer photographed friends who brought magic to rich and poor alike during colorful career

March 29, 2016
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As soup lines grew, the content of wallets shrank and the country reeled from the Great Depression, one boy made it his mission to make Americans find a reason to feel the wonder of magic once again. Born Arthur Brandon in 1916 in......

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: 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......

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......

Happy Birthday Bob!

March 27, 2015
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Bob Mizer, the reach of your message and talents is spreading further than you might have ever imagined in your lifetime. Your work and vision now transcends far beyond the gay community that you helped to create 65 years ago, and......

XAN CHERELLE IS EXPOSED [AGAIN]

July 14, 2014
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XAN CHERELLE at age 21, 5'7 150 waist 31/29 biceps 14 chest 37/41. From Columbus, Ohio but has also lived in New Orleans, of French-Irish descent. We took some beautiful acrobatic footage of him but the original negative got caught......

"It Was Almost Lost Forever:" Interview with Dennis Bell of the Athletic Model Guild and Bob Mizer Foundation

June 16, 2012
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This except from Mike the Content Producer's blog: In 1945, Bob Mizer founded the Athletic Model Guild (AMG) in Los Angeles, California, operating out of his mother's house, and advertised for sale photographs of bodybuilders in nascent......

The Real Bob Mizer – An Interview with David Hurles

May 11, 2010
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When I first saw Bob Mizer’s late period color work, it looked to me like the work of an outsider – someone who created great art unintentionally, foolishly stumbling upon something truly provocative. It was so unpolished, so......

What a CHAMPION – An Abridged Introduction to Walter Kundzicz

April 26, 2010
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Compiled from an autobiographical account of the photographer’s life appearing in Reed Massingill’s book, CHAMPION. “Have you gentlemen picked up any of these models to prove your contention that these guys have......

Physique Pictorial, The Disco Years

April 23, 2010
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Porn, cocaine and disco – these mainstays of the 1970s had America horny, hyper and ready to dance. And while they may have collectively peaked nearly 40 years ago, their influence is still evident today. Take Lady Gaga for example, or,......

Physique Pictorial Model Shot by LAPD

April 01, 2010
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It seems the LAPD, that stronghold of racial profiling and police brutality, has been playing fast and loose with its night stick for decades now. Sure, we’ve all heard of Rodney King, but what of the victims that came before? Case......

David Hurles, The BUTT Interview

March 30, 2010
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From BUTT Magazine By Christopher Trout Twenty years ago, David Hurles was rolling in cash. He had spent the better half of his life photographing and filming the surliest, dirtiest rough trade motherfuckers the West......

Before Ameircan Apparel & Dov Charney, There Was Delia Mizer & AMG

March 27, 2010
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Since we’re on a bit of a fashion kick this week, we thought we’d draw attention to some rather fashionable drawers – underwear, that is. When AMG first started out, it was intended as a sort of agency for......

Subjective Character Analysis: French-Italian-Indian, Dirty Doug Carter, Sports Full-Shaft Tattoo

March 11, 2010
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Those few and lucky souls who’ve had the opportunity to witness the AMG collection in its entirety know that there are some real freaks lurking in Bob Mizer’s portfolio. Take, for example, Mr. Doug Carter. This......