Friday, December 31, 2010
Arthur Craig took these great images of Art Byman that appeared in the January, 1962 issue of the physique magazine, The Demi-Gods.
According to the blurb alongside one of the images, Arthur Craig was the wardrobe master for the New York City Ballet and, when not at work, used his Leica to snap images of handsome models.
This issue of The Demi-Gods credits Craig with discovering Art Byman.
Robert Duranton was born in Paris in 1926 and had early success as a bodybuilder, when he won the title Mr. France in 1948, 1949, 1950 and 1951. He became a popular wrestler in Canada before moving to Hollywood, where he never quite made it into films. Eventually, he returned to France, where he appeared in a few popular French movies.
Gregor Arax of Arax Studio took all of these photographs. He was a Greek national, who photographed male nudes in Paris from the 1930's to 1960's. He photographed many of the elite bodybuilders of his time, including Steve Reeves.
My favorite of these images is the one of Robert seated on the podium and holding the sword at his side. His stylized pose and haughty gaze over our heads give him the air of an Olympian among mortals.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Bob Hover appeared in beefcake magazines in the late 1950's and early 1960's before landing small parts in film.
In the 1970's, he had legions of daytime soap fans when he had regular roles on All My Children, As the World Turns and Another World.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Richard Alan was another popular beefcake model in the 1950's.
Of course, that is Glenn Bishop lying at Richard's feet in one of the photographs.
Despite its diminutive size, I've also included the catalog of twelve photographs in case you come across any of the images and need to identify the model.
I am searching for photographs showcasing Richard's muscular back.
Douglas of Detroit took the image of Richard holding the pole. Some of the features in the other images in this post look so similar - his hair, in particular - that the photographs are likely from the same series, but I am not going to identify them as such until I have confirmation.
UPDATED February 16, 2011: A reader identified this handsome model as Bob Cutlass photographed by Ralph Kelly. Bob appears incredulous the photographer is paying him for posing nude in the studio.
I think he has a great smile, and I love how hirsute he is.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Bruce of Los Angeles took this great photograph of George Towers, of whom I am tracking down more images.