Thursday, April 4, 2019

Calafran Studio

Photographer J. Brian and publisher Bob Damron founded Calafran Studio in San Francisco in 1967 in the wake of the liberalization of U.S. obscenity laws.  (Those of you of a certain age will no doubt remember the Damron guide book for all things gay across the U.S.A.)  Calafran published magazines in a cheap 5 by 7 inch format, including Golden Boys and Times Square, and they also sold sets of photos early on.  Although several archivists state that other photographers besides J. Brian worked for Calafran, I can't find any of photos credited to them by name.  Today I am posting five pictures that are not labeled as J. Brian's and not obviously magazine pages.  
We start with this rather sullen looking young man.


  1. The scandalous male nudes! Not an erection among them and the photographers still got harassed, fined, and even jailed for daring to take a picture of a penis. It still amazes me what those artists went through.
    Thanks for bringing these to us!

  2. The boy is shy. And he looks very young. Is he at least 16 years old?

    1. Most likely. At the time this photo was made, full nudity was legal, but they were enforcing an age 18 age limit. Guys did lie, though.