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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Obscure Studio - Bobco by Bob Carr


According to a Stanford University archive, Bob Carr founded Bobco Studio around 1960 and was active until about 1968.  (That's the second photographer of male nudes I've come across in the past few weeks who quit the business when liberalization occurred, the other being Danny Fitzgerald of Les Demi Dieux.)  Bobco's models seem to have all worked for other photographers, with Mike Stern shown here having worked for AMG and Bruce of LA.

 

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  1. Maybe the post-liberalisation made the competition too tough? If this is typical of his work, though, it's too bad. This isn't bad at all.

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    1. You make a good point about competition. As good as it is, Bobco's work wasn't outstanding like Bruce or Pat Milo.

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  2. With hindsight, I think a series of Bob Carr's photographs might have been in my collection because all these models seem so familiar to me. We got a lot of "top shelf" publications late in the day in Britain because they came over as sale-or-return with the unsold "pulp fiction" of the American paperback industry. Having checked, I didn't have this picture of Mike Stern - another kind, generous young man who assisted me through adolescence! Very many thanks!

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    1. You're very welcome, and thanks to you for sharing your experiences here.

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  3. From mag "Double Exposure" pub by Lance Publications po box 45173 Chicago Ill 60645 dated 1969
    "This magazine features the work of two studios - AMG the oldest physique studio in business today and Bobco one of the youngest. However they are ideally suited to the idea of Double Exposure as they are located next door to one another on 11th street in Los Angeles and frequently aid one another by sharing models who come to one or the other"

    The models in the magazine are Dusty Haven, Justin Love, Rick Walker, David O'Boyle, Jerry Stephens and Carey Thomas, Sonny Scott, Don Hejduk, Corey Snow. Jay Howard, Sleeping Beauty, the Beast with Voldemar and John Travis, Mack Reed, Deak Rivers, Bill Pallus, Blackie Preston, John Thomas, Boy in a Gilded Cage with Don Hejduk and Ron Wallace, Bob Heppe

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  4. Also, all photos from both studios are full frontal with a fair number of them looking "plumped up" but keeping to the 45° downward angle that seemed to be the legal standard during that era.

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    1. Thanks very much for all the details! They really add depth to the series.

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