Largest collection of his work between the late 1940s and 1992 languishes in non-archival state. The Bob Mizer Foundation announced today the launch of a Kickstarter fundraising project that will assist in the permanent preservation of the vast collection of color transparencies produced by controversial Los Angeles photographer Bob Mizer from the late 1940s until his death in 1992.
One American photographer. A fifty-year career. Two MILLION images.
No single medium in the Foundation’s Athletic Model Guild holdings better displays the progression of Mizer's style than this nearly complete collection of his transparency work. Many of his familiar black and white photos were actually copies of these high quality color transparencies. The preservation of this unique and valuable collection will require a great deal of effort.
While most of the boxes have remained undisturbed for decades, they are slowly deteriorating and some of the slides, which were once in sets, have become co-mingled as the boxes were moved over the last decade and the bands holding sets together broke.
Volunteers have already begun sorting, cleaning and organizing the transparency sets. Each set is transferred to archival quality polypropylene sleeves which are then marked for identification, photographed and cataloged. The cataloged pages are stored in hanging binders that make the images both accessible and safe.
“This is a significant body of work that we’ve only begun to uncover. There’s a lot of excitement about this project at the Foundation,” said President Dennis Bell. “The quality of the transparencies is spectacular, which is why we need to address their condition as soon as possible.”
Monies raised will go directly to the purchase of polypropylene archival sleeves.
About The Bob Mizer Foundation: Located in San Francisco California, the Bob Mizer Film Archive is the world’s largest repository of original moving images documenting the twentieth century underground physique movement. Spanning five decades (1942-1992), the BMF Archive documents the evolving landscape of Postwar sexual mores through the lens of pioneering artist Bob Mizer. With over 3000 film masters and one million still images, this immense body of work was directly and indirectly instrumental in overcoming legal obstacles to basic human rights regarding censorship and enjoyment of basic personal freedoms. The Bob Mizer Foundation is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of progressive and controversial photography. It is our belief that the most disputed works of art are the most important to the progress of society. The Foundation spurs thought and discussion through the protection and dissemination of photographic material that has been discriminated against, censored or otherwise marginalized. Additional information about Bob Mizer Foundation is available at www.BobMizer.org.