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JIM STRYKER: "STRING BIKINI" COLOR PHOTOGRAPH BY WALTER KUNDZICZ
New York City, NY: Champion Studio, 1988. First Edition. First Printing.. Softcover. Fine/No Dust Jacket, As Issued.. New York City, NY: Champion Studio, 1988. Softcover. Fine/None, As Issued. First Edition/First Printing. 1 pages. Rare Jim Stryker and Walter Kundzicz/Champion Studios collectible item. A contemporary (1988) color photographic print of Jim Stryker, the single most popular and most good-looking male-nude model discovered by Walter Kundzicz. The print measures 3.5 X 5 inches and is presented "bleed". Champion Studio's vintage prints were "pocket size" and had white borders, the widespread practice in the 1960's. It is encased in its original glassine jacket. The photograph shows Jim Stryker in a natural setting, scantily and very markedly clad in a white "string" bikini, and shot with natural light. "Famous for quality color images of handsome, athletic young men from the late 1950's and early 1960's, these photographs of scantily clad athletes (packed with amusing props, costumes, and bulging posing pouches) are notable not only for the commercial success they enjoyed during their heyday but also for their enduring creativity and imagination. Kundzicz and his work left an indelible imprint on male physique photography. Today, nearly half a century later, Kundzicz's work and his most popular models continue to have their ardent fans" (Reed Massengill). Jim Stryker is the prototypical All-American male beauty. He anticipates by about two decades the model/stars of the reigning American photographer of the male nude, Bruce Weber. This is the genuine article, an absolute "must-have" collectible, not just memorabilia, item for Jim Stryker, Walter Kundzicz/Champion, and male erotic art photography collectors. This is an original color photographic print, and it is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen on verso by the photographer: "W. Kundzicz/Champion". It is also stamped "Champion" (in red) and "Jim Stryker" (in black). As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the print available online, is eminently suitable for framing, and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: There are Jim Stryker/Walter Kundzicz prints and digital copies available online, but most of them have major flaws and have little or no collectible value. This print is a beauty, and as such, an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of the iconic American male-nude models of the 20th century. A fine collectible print. (SEE ALSO OTHER JIM STRYKER, TUCK POWELL, JOE DALLESANDRO, AND BRUCE OF LOS ANGELES TITLES IN OUR CATALOG).
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