Sunday, February 14, 7:00 - 9:00
Featuring artwork by:
John Palatinus, Matthias
Herrmann, Mel Roberts,
Rick Castro, Nick Burger, Bruce of LA, AMG
Special Salon Event February 21st:
1-3 PM, $65 advance with CC, $75
at the door.
KINKY CAMERA CLUB
Antebellum brings back the camera club from the 1950s.
Open to photographers of all levels, from amateur to hobbyist to pros.
Live physique model.
Hosted by John Palatinus
In the early part of the 20th century the only
photographs of men's bodies were the famous Eadweard Mubridge studies
of men in motion, bare knuckled prize fighters and the advertisements
of Charles Atlas, an early advocate of men's fitness.
During the late Forties and early Fifties a group of mostly gay
men began doing "artistic studies" of bodybuilders with
carefully concealed genitalia, or in posing straps. Among these
pioneers were Lon of New York, Bruce of Los Angeles, Bob Mizer of
Athletic Model Guild, Mel Roberts of California, and John Palatinus
of New York.
Also at this time a series of new publications emerged: Tomorrows
Man, Vim, Manuel, Physique Pictorial and others celebrating the
male physique. Through these magazines homoerotic works was seen
nation wide, in many cases for the first time. In compensation the
photographers were given free advertisements to sell their work.
Many did a brisk business as these photos were considered "hot
stuff" in this era.
All this was happening during the Eisenhower administration, a very
repressive time for gay people in America. Bars were raided and
closed on a regular basis. Those arrested had their names published
in the local papers, completely ruining their lives. Witch-hunts
were conducted in the State Department to find gay diplomats. McCarthyism
was in full bloom.
The Post office had it's own agenda, stamping out so-called pornography
thru the mail. All of the physique photographers were harassed.
Some had their studios raided and were put out of business. Among
them: John Palatinus of New York.
Now, more than 50 years after the fact, most of these early pioneering
physique photographers are long gone, or their work forgotten.
Today homoerotic photography is finally getting its props. There
are many young collectors who have sparked a new interest in these
early works. The Internet has played a major role in this revival.
Old collections of photographs and magazines have been pulled out
of attics and are now disseminated all over the world.
Todays fashion photographers are using vintage physique photographs
as inspiration for shoots they do for campaigns. Mens' fashion magazines
create editorial features of men's underwear posed in a Fifties'
Photographers of this era like Rick Castro, Greg Day, Matthias Herrmann
and Jay Jorgensen are keepers of the flame. Other artists like Nick
Burger are finally having their works presented.
Antebellum gallery is proud to present the first ever exhibition
of John Palatinus and some of his peers from the past, present and
About the gallery:
Antebellum Gallery is located in the heart of downtown
Hollywood. The term antebellum is Latin for"before war".
While it commonly refers to a more romantic Gone With the Wind
era, we find ourselves again today with American culture at odds
with political / religious / social agendas that threaten to blow
the lid off its foundations at any given moment.
Steeped in Victorian nuances with a salon style, Antebellum is intended
as a hybrid of artistic, cultural, and political iconoclasm.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 1:00
PM - 7:00 PM
-- or by appointment.
1643 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood CA, 90028 · Map ·
Antebellum Gallery Website