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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.