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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
October 19 - November 18, 2012
London, England

Space Station Sixty-Five
presents:
Palatinus Project 2012
Exhibiting the Works of John Palatinus


JOHN PALATINUS
Dick Powers and Glenda

Opening, Friday, October 19, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Exhibition Info

John Palatinus is one of the pioneering early physique photographers of the 1950's. Along with Lon of New York, Bruce of Los Angeles, and Bob Mizer of Athletic Model Guild he helped create a whole new genre of male photography.

Palatinus was noted for his use of light and shadow to highlight the topography of the male physique. He used clean light-washed backgrounds to clearly define the figure at a time when some photographers were using kitschy sets and props.

Palatinus was born in South Bend, Indiana in 1929 and lived & worked in that area as a window display designer. During this period he attended Indiana University.

In 1954 he began photographing the young bodybuilders of South Bend. His work first appeared in "Tomorrow’s Man," a pocket-sized bodybuilding magazine that featured the same type of young male physique.

A move to New York City came in 1956 where he had a studio on West 13th street in Greenwich Village. He continued to be featured in "TM" and did a thriving mail-order business, selling his photographs nationwide.

Beginning in 1958, Palatinus started shooting and selling full-frontal nude photos through the mail. This proved to be an unfortunate move. His "Village" studio was raided by the US Postal Inspectors in cooperation with the New York Police Department. All of his photographs, original negatives, cameras, lights and equipment were confiscated, never to be returned. John Palatinus was very effectively put out of business. After a trial, he was convicted not of distribution of so-called pornography, but of conspiracy, a misdemeanor charge, and spent no time in jail.

John Palatinus now lives in Palm Springs, California and may be one of the last living photographers from the 1950's golden era of physique photography.

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