Renowned photographer joins BMF’s advisory board


The Bob Mizer Foundation has added photographer, artist, editor and author Reed Massengill to its advisory board.

The BMF advisory board, comprised of the Foundation’s managers, staff, and industry professionals, is the governing body of the organization, approving and overseeing operations, finances, acquisitions, events, growth, archival matters, and other projects. Board members meet monthly to discuss and vote on Foundation business.

As an author and photographer, Massengill’s body of work spans multiple genres, from film to history to biography (Massengill and TASCHEN Books published a 2010 survey of artist George Quaintance’s illustrations, many of which appeared in Mizer’s Physique Pictorial throughout the 1950s). As an editor, Massengill oversaw production of the 2005 photographic compilation of images from Walter Kundzicz’s Champion Studios.

Den Bell, Foundation founder, president and CEO, says Massengill’s diverse skill set makes him an ideal addition to the Foundation’s board.

“Reed has a long, distinguished history in the publishing world. He is someone who is equally comfortable with still images and the written word,” Bell says. “As the Bob Mizer Foundation continues to strengthen its presence and engage new audiences, we are confident that Reed has the vision and the talent to help us grow and expand.”

Massengill says he is honored to be able to add his voice to the Foundation’s advisory board at an exciting time in the organization’s history.

"I'm hopeful that my background as a writer and photographer, and my long history as a serious collector of physique material, can help serve the Foundation,” he says. I'm also hopeful that the past relationships I built with some of the great physique photographers of the ‘golden age,’ who were Mizer's friends and contemporaries, will help bring a breadth of background and perspective as the Foundation builds its collections and pursues its mission."

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 .

  • Release Date: May 13, 2018

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