Showcasing vintage male photography, mostly nude. You must be 18 years of age or older to visit this blog! If you hold a copyright on any material shown on this blog, notify me, and it will be removed immediately.
Minor White (1908-1976) was an exceptional photographer and teacher of fine art photography who is best known for taking photos of nature and architecture to which he would give an abstract treatment. (Search Google Images, and see what I mean.) For our purposes, as usual, we will focus on the limited number of male nudes that he did. This one is Minor and His Disciples from 1972.
This 1948 photo is Tom Murphy with a piece of driftwood. When Minor White completed a series of mostly nude photos featuring Tom, he made two sets of prints and bound them in book. He kept one for himself and gave the other to the model. Some of those prints appear later in today's series.
Minor White's use of truncated torsos and images of male nudes with the head cropped out have been viewed by some critics and art historians as indicative of his lifelong failure to deal with his own homosexuality. White remained deeply closeted until his 1976 death despite having been a key player in both artistic and academic circles where gays were generally tolerated. This is another work featuring Tom Murphy from the 1947-48 series The Temptation of Saint Anthony Is Mirrors.
Going back to the SA-Kuva Archive of the Finnish Armed Forces for another World War II series. Here we see some men emerging from a sauna, a Finnish cultural tradition that they managed to maintain in a number of inventive ways even in the middle of a war.
This picture has always puzzled be a bit because it's not clear if this is the changing area for a shower room, a delousing station, or a sauna. The guy toweling off makes me lean toward shower. Edited to add: My collaborator and fellow Hawaii resident Larry researched this, and it is a sauna.
As a pop culture historian once put it, the 1970's began with the holdovers of the hippies, passed through the disco wasteland, and ended with the dawn of punk rock. Anyway, it's 70's day on the blog, and we start with this 1975 Jim French photo that is the first of today's two Colt images. Edited to add: Thanks to viewer Dan for letting me know that this is
Lloyd Beardsley, a model who also did an early photo series for Playgirl.
I wish Google Blogger had a "reblog" button so I could have used it for this 1972 AMG picture of Tico Patterson (right) and an unfortunately unknown second model. I saw this photo on one of my favorite blogs, Men From Back Then, and just had to use it. You should all check out this great vintage resource at http://menfrombackthen.blogspot.com/ . Well worth a visit.
Don Whitman of Western Photography Guild used a card file system to organize the large inventory of male nude photos in his walk-in sales office in Denver. This is the entry for Lynn Finney who appeared in the "At Home" series of models in domestic scenes. Mr. Whitman was so meticulous that we even know that this photo was made on October 16, 1973.