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Dick Falcon was best known for his photos of championship bodybuilders, so they are the focus of our G-rated Wednesday lagniappe posts. We start with the photographer setting up Joe Alonso in a shot he may have taken himself with a timer. Dick looks good here in his 50's, and he lived to be 96!
Based on the similarity of documented Champion Studio photos taken at the Sunshine Beach nudist colony that Dick Falcon partly owned, I'd say this was made there. Falcon's co-owner, Walter Kundzicz, ran Champion and was said to have been trained by Dick.
The models are Sven Holm and David Knight, and they also posed for Kundzicz.
Dick Falcon (1909-2005) was one of those bodybuilders who was comfortable on either side of the camera. A self-described sickly child, he took up weight lifting about 1930 and he developed a powerful figure on his small (5'2", 1.58m) frame. Falcon took up photography in the mid-1930's, and his photos of bodybuilders appeared in magazines, while his male nudes were privately circulated. Interestingly, Falcon later became part owner of the famous Sunshine Beach nudist (naturist) resort in Florida along with fellow physique photographer Walter Kundzicz of Champion Studio. So both of today's sets will feature photos of and by Dick Falcon, and we start with this nude self portrait.
I almost positive that this is another self made shot of Dick Falcon from the same session as today's opening image. It is not documented as such in most collections, however, while the other is. In an interesting side note, Falcon was in demand early in his career as an art model
due to his ability to hold unusual positions for long periods of time.