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PHOTOS: The Male Physique Photography Of John Palatinus Goes On Display

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PHOTOS: Before there was Robert Mapplethorpe, there was John Palatinus. Los Angeles exhibition space drkrm hopes you’re hungry for some beefcake — they’re presenting the work of John Palatinus, one of the pioneering physique photographers of the 1950′s in June.

According to drkrm:

Along with Lon of New York, Bruce of Los Angeles, and Bob Mizer of Athletic Model Guild, he helped create a whole new genre of male photography. He was a major influence on Robert Mapplethorpe and may be one of the last living photographers from the 1950′s golden era of physique photography. This exhibition will be on view from June 8th through June 29th, 2013 with an Artist reception on Saturday, June 8 from 7-10pm.

drkrm was kind enough to send us a few of the photos on display next month, showcasing “the semi-naked, body-proud weightlifters of the time.” For more on John Palatinus, click here.

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           May 25, 2013
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  • 5 Comments
    • dvlaries
      dvlaries

      They wouldn’t think of shaving anything but their faces, and they’re all blessedly free of defacing ink. Not enough like that anymore.

      May 25, 2013 at 10:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MMDD
      MMDD

      @dvlaries: Amen. I long for the day when the natural beauty of the male body is finally realized.

      May 26, 2013 at 12:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sammy Schlipshit
      Sammy Schlipshit

      Aaaaaah, the good old days in many, many ways.

      It’s probably a generational thing but these guys are waaaaaay more erotic than today’s current crop of hairless, gym freaks.

      His was a great style of photography as well.

      Wonder if his confiscated work from back in the day still exists anywhere? Someone should check with the NYPD…but I’ll bet those photos wound up in some officers house.

      May 28, 2013 at 6:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sammy Schlipshit
      Sammy Schlipshit

      Aaaaaah, the good old days in many, many ways.

      It’s probably a generational thing but these guys are waaaaaay more erotic than today’s current crop of hairless, tatted up gym freaks.

      His was a great style of photography as well.

      Wonder if his confiscated work from back in the day still exists anywhere? Someone should check with the NYPD…but I’ll bet those photos wound up in some officers house.

      May 28, 2013 at 6:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • streeteditions
      streeteditions

      No manscaping! and, HELLO, cowboy!

      May 28, 2013 at 8:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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