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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Clifford Oettinger Day


Clifford was one of the 1950's photographers for whom we have a very limited amount of documented work.  He was active in Michigan around the same time as Douglas of Detroit and shows up later in Hollywood doing "legitimate" muscle magazine work.  This duo is Ken Colby and Ralph Kleiner.

 

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  1. Lovely duo. That slight air of nervousness. A pity Ken's arm puts Ralph's bits in shadow.

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    1. They do look somewhat uncomfortable, and the positioning was probably for legal reasons.

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    2. Great combined pose though. Good point..no naughty bits..

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  2. This photo is more about staying legal than it is about the symbolism. I can imagine the photographer telling them to touch each other but not provocatively,and hide each other's junk while not looking at each other or the camera. And, oh yeah, look like you're enjoying yourself, but not too much.

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    1. Good analysis, Greggy. This picture pretty much summarizes how complicated it was to be in that business at that time.

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