Friday, July 18, 2014

John Adams Photographed by the Athletic Model Guild

The Athletic Model Guild took this photograph of John Adams.

Pat Burnham Photographed by the Western Photography Guild

The Western Photography Guild took this photograph of Pat Burnham.

Thomas Hubert Photographed by Arax Studio

In 1949, Arax Studio took these photographs of Thomas Hubert.

Already on the blog is a slightly different version of the image of Hubert with his hands behind his hips.

When I added these two photographs to my collection, I was able to correct this post and this one on the blog.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sigfried and Hans Latschkowski Photographed by the Athletic Model Guild

Bob Mizer at the Athletic Model Guild took this photograph of brothers Sigfried and Hans Latschkowski.

Because Bruce of Los Angeles features the brothers in a sprawling spread in Volume 20 of his magazine The Male Figure, I'm going to assume Mizer here misprints Sigfried's first name.

Bill Bredlau Photographed by George Quaintance

George Quaintance took this photograph of Bill Bredlau.

Jean Millet Photographed by Arax Studio

In 1954, Arax Studio took this photograph of Jean Millet.

Friday, July 11, 2014

John Brophy Photographed by Bruce of Los Angeles

Bruce of Los Angeles took this photograph of John Brophy.

Unknown Model Photographed by Kovert of Hollywood

Formerly an actor in silent films, including An Adventuress (which also features Rudolph Valentino), Fredrick Kovert operated in the 1940's his physique studio, Kovert of Hollywood, in West Hollywood, California.

His adult male models were unabashedly nude decades before such work was legal in the United States, so Kovert’s studio was routinely raided by the police.

Other photographers were also hired to shoot in the studio.

Kovert’s own style is immediately obvious in this photograph of this unknown model: multiple light sources, the model’s skin gleaming with oil, and his serene gaze diverted away from the camera together transform him into an Olympian.

Kovert committed suicide in 1950.

The Volume 1, Number 1 issue of Bob Mizer's Physique Photo News magazine, which was soon renamed Physique Pictorial, was published in May, 1951. On page 7, there is a full-page ad featuring Kovert's work now managed by Richard Caldwell, who writes, "We are eliminating the name 'Kovert of Hollywood,' but be assured that there is no change in our policies." He means the availability of photographs of adult male nudes, I presume.

Paul Méalet

I do not know who took these photographs of Paul Méalet.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bud Clarke Photographed by Champion Studio

Champion Studio took these photographs of Bud Clarke.

Mickey Hargitay Photographed by Arax Studio

Arax Studio took this photograph of Mickey Hargitay posing with the trophy he received upon winning the title Mr. Universe in 1955.

I now believe the other images on the blog of Hargitay posing with his trophy were taken by Arax Studio.

Jim Dardanis and Johnny Rotolante Photographed by the Western Photography Guild

The Western Photography Guild took these photographs of Jim Dardanis and Johnny Rotolante.