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Description - Bruce of Los Angeles by Bruce Bellas

An icon of gay art and one of the most famous names in physique photography, Bruce Bellas is remembered as the pioneer of beefcake. Beginning in the 1940s and continuing until his death in 1974, he photographed some of the most important icons in the world of physical culture and body- building. Collected in this book are Bellas' rare photographs and films - the two volumes Inside and Outside comprise more than 100 colour images, masterfully restored as a limited edition, celebrating Bruce of Los Angeles and his refined, masterful aesthetic of erotica.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781576874691
ISBN-10: 1576874699
Format: Hardback
(291mm x 291mm x 38mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: powerHouse Books,U.S.
Publisher: powerHouse Books,U.S.
Publish Date: 2-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Bruce Bellas

Bruce Bellas (1909-1974) was born in Alliance, Nebraska and was a chemistry teacher before taking up photography. He set out on road trips through America's heartland, photographing farmhands, athletes, soldiers, and sailors along the way, and eventually made his way to California, where he began shooting bodybuilding contests all along the coast. As his career blossomed, he branched out into color work, 8mm films, and 3-D slides, and by the 1960s had succeeded in publishing his own magazine, "The Male Figure." He died in 1974, leaving behind one of the most comprehensive photo archives of the time. Vince Aletti reviews photography exhibitions for "The New Yorker's ""Goings On About Town" section and writes a regular column about photo books for Photograph, as well as occasional features for publications including "Aperture," "Art + Auction," and others. He was the art editor of the "Village Voice "from 1994 to 2005, and the paper's photo critic for 20 years. He is the winner of the International Center of Photography's 2005 Infinity Award in writing. He has written essays for a number of art books, and has curated and co-curated shows at major galleries in New York and abroad. Aletti is currently at work on "Male," a book of photographs from his collection.