Playful, Sexy, Daring, and sometimes Naughty, Drkrm.Gallery presents
"Found," an exhibition of photographs from original negatives
and slides discovered by chance, probably dating from the late 1940s
through the early 1950s, (a period that saw the camera's emergence
as an everyday and easy-to-use accessory of modern life), reflect
an honest and unexpected spirit of liberation and defiance.
Popular male nude images from the 1930s to the 1960s mimicked their
female "pin-up" and "cheesecake" counterparts.
Yet the male nude market was shrouded in far more secrecy. When
these images were sold, they were distributed as health guides,
artist's references, or bodybuilding souvenirs. Because of postal
laws, even the finest photographers faced imprisonment for producing
The black and white prints of the male nudes in this show were
made in the early 1980's shortly after the discovery of the negatives.
In order to keep the feel of the original flawed negatives, the
condition of the final printed image has not been altered. Whereas
the female nudes or "cheesecake" photos were scanned from
the original 35mm slides, color-corrected, slightly retouched, and
are printed digitally.
Moments of long ago caught in the amber of photography. Printed
by John Matkowsky, Drkrm.Gallery invites you to explore these images
again, for the first time.