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Athletic Model Guild Physique Photographs
Coll2014.121  
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Description
Photographic print catlogs, photographs, and slides produced by Bob Mizer's physique photography studio, the Athletic Model Guild (AMG). AMG sold photosets through the mail and later published Physique Pictorial magazine, 1951-1990.
Background
The Athletic Model Guild (AMG) was founded by Bob Mizer and two business associates in Los Angeles in 1945 as a referral service for models and photographers. The direct sale of photosets by mail order was a more viable economic model for business. Mizer began photographing models he recruited from local gymnasiums and beaches. AMG went on to publish Physique Pictorial magazine from 1951 to 1990. The studio survived obscenity charges and continued to produce materials until Mizer's death in 1992. The studio was sold to Dennis Bell, a physique photographer, in 2004.
Extent
3 Linear Feet 12 binder boxes, 2,418 photographs
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Availability
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions