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When you jump to this post on the blog, you can read a behind-the-scenes detail about another great photograph of this bodybuilder taken by Lon.
Monday, March 23, 2015
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In his book with Reed Massengill, The Male Ideal: Lon of New York and the Masculine Physique, Lon says it was a disastrous relationship. It was the first and only time customers complained about the quality of the images, and Lon was obliged to refund purchases.
Nonetheless, the photographs of Ravaute on the blog were certainly one great success.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
In fact, in the coming months, this generous fan and I look forward to sharing from his collection many, many images Bob Mizer created in the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Of course, Lon is one of the great physique photographers, his images available for purchase in nascent bodybuilding magazines as early as the 1930's.
Because the possession and distribution of photographs of nude adults were illegal in the United States until about 1969, Lon was frequently harassed and prosecuted by law-enforcement officials. Most of his archival material was lost to him while he was still alive, as noted in this post on the blog.
John Grimek worked much of his life to popularize around the world bodybuilding as both a sport and healthy lifestyle.
Lon's spectacular photographs of Grimek certainly helped give rise to and propel the interest in beefcake: the widespread popularity of viewing male beauty purely for the pleasure of it.
When you jump to this post on the blog, you can read about George Haimsohn aka Plato–and why you might have immediately thought of Bernadette Peters when you read George Haimsohn's name.