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Review: 'The Male Form in Motion' combines action, Mizer's trademark whimsy

June 17, 2016
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There’s just something about the title of The Bob Mizer Foundation’s latest DVD compilation, “The Male Form in Motion: 19 Films for Artistic Study.” By now, if you’ve studied Mizer, you’re aware that his earlier works were......

State of The Archive: June 2016

June 17, 2016
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I've been wanting to write this post for quite awhile now. It should have been a simple update to our current project cataloging about 700,000 photographic slides shot by Bob Mizer over several decades. The problem is, myself and my team......

Bobby Kropp, Marine to Model

May 17, 2016
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AMG model Bobby Kropp was born in Fresno, California in 1957 and was one of a set of twin boys. He was fresh out of the Marines when he posed before Bob Mizer’s cameras in late 1978. Although there were nearly 400......

Bodybuilder led to birth of gym culture in America

April 19, 2016
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Before the models of Bob Mizer’s Athletic Model Guild redefined masculinity to a puritanical American audience, there was the original ‘strong man,’ Eugene Sandow. Known as the father of modern bodybuilding, Sandow was born in......

FOCUS ON : Photographer Korey Watkins

April 06, 2016
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The Bob Mizer Foundation is dedicated to recognizing and promoting artists from all walks of life and in all disciplines, and we place a special emphasis on experimental photographers. If you know of any photographers or artists who might......

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......

Author’s lover among those who violated obscenity laws

March 22, 2016
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They were truly everyman – mostly unknown, private figures whose lives were turned upside down with the opening of a package. Maybe it was a male physique magazine. Or a series of photographs or slides. Whatever the offending materials,......

Mattachine Society signaled rise of modern gay liberation movement

March 16, 2016
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Before the Grecian Guild beckoned closeted gay men to meet one another and engage in cathartic discussions about their deepest desires, there was the Mattachine Society. The organization, conceived as the Mattachine Foundation in 1950 and......

Grecian Guild built sense of community for gay men

March 08, 2016
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H. Lynn Womack was at a turning point in his young life. Very little about Womack was easy to ignore. He was rotund and known for his voracious appetite and booming laugh. Womack was an albino, his hair a glistening white from a young......

Warhol films celebrated beauty of the mundane

March 01, 2016
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At the same time photographer and filmmaker Bob Mizer’s empire expanded and embraced nudity in front of the lens at his L.A. compound, on the other side of the country, pop artist Andy Warhol’s fame also grew. Next year will mark the......

DSI trial preceded Supreme Court’s 1968 obscenity ruling

February 24, 2016
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Although most followers of media law are familiar with the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1968 ruling in Ginsburg v. New York that nudity in art could not be ruled obscene, one court case in the late 1960s also had the attention......