The Golden Age of Physique Photography (1945-1969)

gaoppThursday, August 25 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Collector John Fagundes presents an illustrated talk on the great photographers of the physique tradition. Post-World War II America saw the rise of this genre of commercial homoerotic photography operating within, and often challenging, the rigid confines of censorship laws. Coexisting with the onset of the pre-Stonewall movement for homosexual rights, physique images confronted mainstream society’s restrictions on photographs reflecting gay male desire.¬†Fagundes will focus on the work of Douglas of Detroit, Bruce of Los Angeles, Bob Mizer (Athletic Model Guild) and Jim French (Colt Studios) as well as their predecessors who established a new aesthetic of the male nude with a particular appeal for gay men. Admission $5; free for members.