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Ashcroft and Moore, a new auction house about to stage its first auction, is situated in an unassuming warehouse space on Fairhill Road in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Inside, the space is already crammed with items to be auctioned off in upcoming sales. There are no chairs set up, nor a podium.
The new spring quarterly is slated for release in early March. Last fall, the foundation relaunched the flagship magazine brought to life by male physique photographer Bob Mizer more than half a century ago. Mizer founded Physique Pictorial in ; the publication was designed to showcase the benefits of healthful living through a variety of muscular male models.
He took his clothes off and we were in a back corner and all this shiny titanium of the hall was behind him and I shot him, popped off about nine shots. One came out absolutely splendid. He was one of a handful of photographers who documented the male body through photography of semi-naked, body-proud weightlifters of the time. His first shoot was done in in his own living room in Indiana.
In this idyll, though, the bodies are all male, and fun is muscle-popping hard work. The young men seen in the 90 photographs were posing for a very particular audience: the collectors of discreetly distributed, small-format physique magazines that had an ardent gay following in the post-World War II, pre-Stonewall 's. That the era was also pre-Mapplethorpe is evident at a glance.
We did it, Mizer fans! Your response to our campaign has been swift, enthusiastic and very generous. But we can always use more.
A photograph that I have been scanning for Nick Henderson, the negative of which he bought at auction. A great negative, well exposed, with an unusual background for a physique photograph. French would you believe.
Look for part II on our blog on Tuesday, December Decades beforehand, the ideal male body during the Victorian era was a far cry from the type of body splashed across the pages of Physique Pictorial. According to the BBC, British society valued a more portly man with a slight belly — more rounded.