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[Gay culture] Mizer, Bob
Archive of nine contact sheets with photos for male models/bodybuilders at the Athletic Model Guild (AMG), circa 1950s
N.p. N.p., circa 1950s. Archive of nine silver gelatin contact sheets, with each contact sheet containing 25-40 photos of male models photographed for the Athletic Model Guild (or AMG) during the early-mid 1950s. These contact sheets functioned as both an index of models (each sheet has an alphanumeric index number) and a means of advertising photos that could be ordered by "customers" (pricing and contact information are noted at the bottom of each sheet). 131 contact sheets are coded with "Y" followed by a numeric filing code, and 74 are coded with "Z" in the same fashion. The Athletic Model Guild, or AMG, was founded by gay pornography pioneer Bob Mizer in December 1945. During the post-war years, censorship laws in the US allowed women--but not men--to appear in various states of undress in what were referred to, with a wink, as "art" photographs. Mizer took the approach of photographing men that he knew, both gay and straight. His subjects would often pose for pictures, which, while ostensibly meant to illustrate fitness tips and the like, were actually produced and published as homoerotic ephemera. A majority of the early AMG films and photos were sexually ambiguous in nature. Mizer's formula was to offer both still and moving images of young men doing bodybuilding poses, or perhaps wrestling in pairs. Often the setup or "plot" of these shoots bordered on absurd, present only to provide a thin legal pretext for the display of the male physique. Mizer did appear in court several times over the years, facing charges that included obscenity, drug use, and prostitution. M … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Royal Books [United States]

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