Artist's illustrations breathe life into taboo desires

December 01, 2015

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......

Models of color have graced pages of 'Physique Pictorial' since its beginning

November 19, 2015

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......


July 22, 2015

Coming off of the heels of the successful #Rawhide exhibit at Venus Over Manhattan in New York, Bob Mizer's works have now gone up on the walls of two galleries on the other side of the country this month, completing a nationwide tour of......

Physique Pictorial in The 1980s

May 14, 2010

Where it was once a reflection of a lively industry, filled with work from a slew of international contributors, Physique Pictorial had become a one-man show. Gone were the lascivious illustrations from the likes of George Quaintance......

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

March 27, 2010

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......

Nice Rack, Tom of Finland in Physique Pictorial

December 16, 2009

Tom of Finland liked his men stacked – big boobs, big dicks, bulging muscles, engorged nipples, tight asses. When he contributed his first series of drawings to Bob Mizer’s Physique Pictorial in 1956, gay art......

Beefcake from across the pond: The male physique in Britain, part I

December 13, 2016

Author’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on the history of physique culture in Great Britain. Look for part II on our blog on Tuesday, December 19....

The daring double life of John Barrington

January 03, 2017

The work of one of Britain’s most accomplished male physique photographers preceded Bob Mizer by nearly a decade, forever changing the art of capturing man’s beauty on film....

Physique Pictorial was a visual feast -- with a message

May 16, 2017

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......

Jim French’s body of work invigorated gay community, porn industry

June 16, 2017

When male physique photographer and COLT Studio founder Jim French died in his sleep on Thursday evening, he left behind a mammoth body of work that shaped the adult film industry for decades to come. Described by LGBT historians as......

Physique Pictorial allotted space for other studios to hawk their wares

July 11, 2017

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......