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Bob's World: The Life and Boys of A.M.G.'s Bob Mizer
The little known color work of AMG's Bob Mizer
Bob Mizer famously spent 48 years making photos and films for his Athletic Model Guild, and 41 years publishing Physique Pictorial, America's first, and most explicitly gay, physique magazine. His diaries, kept from the age of eight, make it clear that he was openly homosexual from his late teens, but until the age of 42 he lived and worked in his mother's Los Angeles rooming house, where his strict code of ethics prevented him from fully expressing his fantasies. Therefore, for the first 24 years of his career he worked in black and white and was careful to never show a man fully nude, but following his mother's death in 1964 Mizer rapidly built a kingdom dedicated to the pleasures of male flesh, where he photographed entirely nude men in psychedelically saturated color.
In the 1970s and '80s Bob Mizer's compound, centered around the old rooming house, became home to dozens of his young models, who lived outdoors on couches and porch gliders along with chickens, geese, goats and monkeys, Roman statuary, cast off Christmas trees and every conceivable prop for his increasingly quirky films and photography.
Sometimes called the Hugh Hefner of gay publishing for his pioneering magazine (republished in entirety by TASCHEN in 1997), Mizer influenced figures in art and society in similar ways as Hef, from David Hockney, who said one of the two reasons he first came to America was to meet Bob Mizer, to California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who modeled for Mizer in 1975.
Bob's World: The Life and Boys of AMG's Bob Mizer is the first book to celebrate the full color, uninhibited second half of Bob Mizer's career. Over 250 vivid photos are accompanied by an oral history, with contributing artists David Hockney, Jack Pierson and John Sonsini, photographers David Hurles and Hal Roth, models Ben Sorensen and Andrew Sears, and Wayne Stanley, inheritor of the Mizer estate. The book includes a one-hour DVD of Mizer films, spanning 1958 to 1980, specially edited for this edition.
Beautiful and Meticulously Researched
By J. Brandwein
- October 13, 2009
This VERY large volume was composed of material directly from the AMG archives. It's not only Bob's photos but also the photos taken of all of his props and personal possessions that were amazing for me to see. The book also uses, for the first time, Bob's personal diaries as well as interviews with his closest friends, some of who died shortly before the completion of the book, to paint a complete picture of the history of the studio. I consider myself maybe not an expert but certainly well informed about the AMG legacy and this book (and accompanying DVD) were full of material I'd never laid eyes on before.
Delicious in Color
By H. Riley
- October 13, 2009
I didn't know much about Bob Mizer until my gay roommate turned me onto his work, so I may not be the most, I don't know, 'educated' about vintage gay photography, but I love this book. There's something so sweet about these photographs (I know what you're thinking-- "sweet? porn-y beefcake photos?"--but bear with me). Maybe it's just looking back gives everything a rose colored glow, but something about the photos just makes me giggle. Even the hustlers that didn't want to be there give good photo face... And I love Pantero El Salvador! It might sound weird, but I think the backdrops are incredible (purple mountains!!!). Definitely a great book to add to your collection if you're into this sort of thing, and would probably make a good gift for your naughty friends.
Not enough depth to the book.
By Barry Mccall "Video Grand Vizer!"
- March 24, 2010
Bob's World would have been a great biographical book. If it had plumbed a little more history into some of the more famous men who modeled for bob.
I'm talking about the ones who went on to become well know actors.
Such as Glenn Corbett, Sammy Jackson, Ed Fury and Dennis Cole. I would have like to know a little more about them.
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