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2016

It’s Raining Men: Two volumes and two decades of top physique models


In 1945 Bob Mizer began taking photographs of strapping young men on Muscle Beach in Venice, California. In December of that year he formed the Athletic Model Guild to market his photos, and “physique photography” was born. Before Mizer there were bodybuilders and men who photographed them, but AMG photos, even those of the same men, were different, subtly provocative, discretely......

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2016

Bob Mizer Foundation releases new DVD compilation


The Bob Mizer Foundation’s latest DVD, “The Male Form in Motion: 19 Films for Artistic Study” has been released and is now for sale online at The Foundation’s website. The DVD, a diverse compilation of 19 short films spanning 1964 to 1981, features models performing a variety of calisthenics, from jumping jacks to running in place to shadowboxing. The Foundation’s previous......

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2015

700,000 TRANSPARENCIES FROM BOB MIZER'S ATHLETIC MODEL GUILD TO BE PRESERVED


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. ...

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2015

BOB MIZER FOUNDATION’S NEW DVD TRACES MALE FILMS, PHOTOGRAPHY IN YEARS PRECEDING TOP COURT’S OBSCENITY RULING


It’s nudity, but is it art? The U.S. Supreme Court deemed the question irrelevant with its legalization of sexual nudity in April 1968. But in the years leading up to the ruling, the representation of the male form in media had to have ‘socially redeeming values’ in order to avoid any persecution. Now, the Bob Mizer Foundation is releasing a new DVD that examines Mizer’s......

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2015

British Film Institute’s “Flare” to feature compilation of Bob Mizer films


LONDON - Selections from the archives of filmmaker and photographer Bob Mizer’s Athletic Model Guild will be on display later this month at the British Film Institute’s annual Flare festival. The event, hailed as one of the leading LGBT film festivals in the United Kingdom, will feature “The Golden Age of the American Male,” a compilation of several of Mizer’s physique films......

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