Don Whitman of Western Photography Guild is justifiably listed among the greatest physique photographers, and his use of the Western landscape is legendary. Today we will have a double feature of his outdoor work, starting with nudes and this great shot of Ronnie Moore.
Sunday, April 11, 2021
The last time I posted a WPG photo of Eddie Williams, he was holding a whip.
This time, he's tied up. Is there a pattern developing here? Probably not.
Don Whitman photographed him multiple times in an amazing array of settings.
Duane Knaus kicks off the G-rate half of today's Western Photography Guild double feature.
It's a classic Don Whitman combination of rocks, hills, trees and sky . . . plus a handsome man.
I never get tired of looking at Bill Melby. He had a successful pro wrestling career in addition to modeling for Don Whitman of WPG and Bruce of LA. Bruce managed to snag at least one full frontal shot, but to be honest, his work for Don Whitman was better despite the lack of frontal nudity.
We finish the G-rated half of our WPG double feature with Dick Mathias in a scene
where the usual contrasting clouds and sky in the background are missing. Was there a
storm forming back there? This is one of those times I find myself wishing for color.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Louis Igout was a 19th Century French photographer whose photographic studies for artists
have been frequently featured here on the blog. His work is often confused with that of
Hermann Heid, an Austrian photographer who worked in Paris at the same time and whose
work was published in an album of studies without attribution for any of the photographers.
This stocky, curly haired guy is by far my favorite Igout/Heid model.
This model appears in a number of photos attributed to Igout, including one of the two double panels in today's series. My interest was drawn to his hand for two reasons. First, he apparently worked mainly outdoors in long sleeves since only his hand is tanned. Second, there is something intriguing about the way he his holding his fingers against the wall. I don't know why I noticed that, but I did.
Friday, April 9, 2021
The 1950's are often described as repressed and conservative, and that is mostly true.
There were some photographers and artists, however, who did some interesting work
despite the times. Today's double feature is all about the 50's, and our photos are
all from 1956. We start with Gary Frost by Bruce of LA.
Lyle Frisby took this photo of Hank Evans and Ed Haley in 1956, around the time he was imprisoned for distributing frontal male nude photos. Click the label to learn more about Mr. Frisby.
We must never forget those who paid the price for our right to view these photos.
Don Emerson Wight (1924-1999) was best known as a fabric designer, but early in his career, he did a series of interesting male nudes. These do not appear to be academic works and are generally dated to the 1950's, hence their inclusion today. We start with one of two reclining nudes in my collection.