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Andy Kozak was one of those models who looked sexy even when not fully exposed, and today's second series features some of his non-nude work. It seems odd to me that, at least in my collection, I have more non-nude photos with no artist attribution than nudes. Usually it's the other way round.
Today I am featuring Andrew Kozak, a legendary model among the post World War II West Coast physique photographers. He was known and documented to have worked for Kovert of Hollywood, Bob Mizer of AMG, Dave Martin, and Denny Denfield. There are unattributed photos of Andy (including this one) that suggest he may have worked for other photographers as well. Early in his career, he worked with his body hair removed, but later, thank goodness, he stopped removing it. Something of an artist and entrepreneur himself, Kozak marketed albums of his photos and sold his own paintings and watercolors which sometimes featured male nudes.
This is the first of two photos posted today of Andy Kozak by Fred Kovert. They may be Andy's earliest modeling work because Fred tragically committed suicide in 1948, and most of Kozak's images by other artists date from the early 1950's. He does look very young here.
Denny Denfield took this color photo of Kozak against a cliff as part of what I think was an ocean side photo shoot. I say "think" because the ocean is not visible in any of the pictures I have from that session, although some beach pebbles and shells are barely showing in one or two.
Fellow Hawaii resident and frequent blog collaborator Larry sent me some amazing photos by Narcyz Witczak-Witaczyńsk, a Polish Cavalry officer who was also a professional photographer. He chronicled the famed cavalry between the two world wars and joined the Polish Resistance during World War II. He was turned in by an informer and died in Majdanek concentration camp in 1943. Today I will feature some of his photos, starting with this 1937 self portrait.