The Bob Mizer Foundation has added photographer, artist, model, and actor Ross Collab to its staff as a spokesman who will help promote the organization’s recent relaunch of Physique Pictorial.
The Virginia-born Collab, profiled in volume 44 of the publication, recently released a video review of Physique Pictorial, the publication made famous by Bob Mizer and the Athletic Model Guild. Mizer published Physique Pictorial from 1951 until 1990; BMF founder, president and CEO Den Bell relaunched the publication last fall.
Bell says he is confident that Collab will be a strong ambassador for the Foundation in general and for Physique Pictorialspecifically, and that BMF supporters both old and new will be connect with Collab’s outgoing and friendly personality.
“Ross has such an engaging personality, which comes across in his self-portrait work, it only made sense that he joins us in bringing Physique Pictorial back to the world,” he says. “From our first communications with him, we knew we wanted Ross on our team.”
Collab’s photographic work encompasses a mixture of abstraction and portraiture, using both male and female models. Collab also counts drawing, painting, performance art, and fashion design among his artistic interests.
The young photographer counts Mizer among his many artistic inspirations, adding that he enjoys being able to present men’s bodies as naturally beautiful and not simply sexual.
“The way Bob depicted the male form with film was wonderfully captivating and unapologetic,” Collab says in a recent interview with Physique Pictorial. “Western society thrives on selling sex yet it has always been taboo at the same time. Through my work, I try to desexualize what is oversexualized. I want to show that a naked man can be beautiful and soft and have nothing to do with sex.”
Look for an in-depth profile of Collab on the Foundation’s blog on Tuesday, May 15. View Collab’s works online at http://rosscollab.com/.
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 .
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