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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......

From Gangs to Glory – Joe Leitel

December 22, 2015
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Every AMG model had a history or made history, and Joe Leitel was no different. One of the most popular and enduring models at Athletic Model Guild, Joe Leitel was discovered in late 1956 by an AMG talent scout while Joe was buying......

FOCUS ON Photographer Ben McNutt

December 15, 2015
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Ben McNutt is a young photographer who focuses his camera on one of Bob's favorite subjects, wrestling. As a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Ben presented his thesis in the form of a photography show that paired his......

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......

Oil Fields and Oiled Bodies

October 20, 2015
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We don't know how model Terry Douglas made his way to AMG in the early 1970s for a few early photo sessions, but after moving to Alaska to work in the oil fields for almost 10 years, Terry returned to Los Angeles to become one of the most......