We did it, Mizer fans! We’ve reached our Kickstarter goal of $10,000 to ensure publishing costs are met as we ramp up into new production of visionary photographer Bob Mizer’s Physique Pictorial. Your response to our campaign has been swift, enthusiastic and very generous. But we can always use more. With only A FEW DAYS remaining in the campaign, which closes WEDNESDAY AUG 23, we’re asking you to dig in those pockets a bit deeper – and believe us, we’ll make it worth your while.
Now is your chance to own a piece of history directly from the Mizer estate itself. If our donations reach $14,000 before this is over, everyone – YES , EVERYONE – who donated to our original campaign will receive an original copy of Mizer’s Physique Pictorial – an exhaustive, delectable visual showcase of the men who graced the Athletic Model Guild AND a weekend subscription to our new streaming movie site www.PosingStrap.TV.
But wait – there’s another possible reward!
If we top $18,000 by the end, all who donated to our preservation efforts will receive a copy of Physique Pictorial, AND the 1957 original “1,000 Models” directory direct from Bob Mizer's estate, featuring some of AMG’s most popular studs.
Together, that’s a $130 value!
We’re asking for your generous help once more, Mizer fans. Donate now to help us preserve Mizer’s legacy through Physique Pictorial, support the foundation’s important work – and reward yourself in the process. Spread the word to other generous would-be supporters who might be interested, too, and don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@MizerFoundation).
• The Bob Mizer Foundation needs your support to launch a new division. A design and editorial team that will resume and oversee publication of Mizer's groundbreaking Physique Pictorial. The inaugural issue will be delivered to you in August 2017.
• Yes, it's true! After a 27-year hiatus, we are ready to bring Mizer's one-of-a-kind quarterly back for a new generation of male body devotees and Mizer aficionados.
• Here are the important details about the new Physique Pictorial:
• Each issue of the new quarterly will feature unique portfolios from the Bob Mizer Foundation archives, along with the work of Bob's contemporaries -- photographers such as Bruce of Los Angeles, Dave Martin and Denny Denfield.
• The size of the new quarterly? Bigger and thicker. And really elegant -- 84 pages and larger dimensions: 6.5 x 9 inches. And it's bound in a beautiful archival-quality, French flap cover stock!
• In keeping with Mizer’s pioneering spirit, the new quarterly will also display profiles and portfolios from emerging contemporary photographers and illustrators who celebrate the male physique.
• The Autumn 2017 quarterly will include recently discovered hidden photographs of AMG favorite John Apache, an exclusive first look at unpublished nudes by the legendary Denny Denfield, and three exciting portfolios by a new generation of physique photographers: Josh McNey, Leonard Page, and Josh Paul Thomas.
• We're dedicated to bringing back the tactile pleasure of enjoying a 'real' paper and ink publication. And we are super excited about popping Volume 42 right into your mailbox. Won't it feel great to hold an actual publication in your hands, rather than clicking and scrolling through images on a computer screen?
• Also, imagine how these physical magazines will look on your shelf next to the other Physique Pictorials in your collection!
• But wait, guys -- there's more!:
• Did you already place an order for Volume 42 on the BobMizer.org website? No problem, you can still help us out here. You'll get Volume 42 when it ships in a few weeks as you preordered, and we'll send you Volume 43 when it is published in mid-November, and also any others with your reward level as they are published. You won't get duplicates.
• In late 2017 we will conduct the first-ever nationwide search for a new male physique model to be featured in an upcoming issue of the new Physique Pictorial. The first new Mizer model to debut in close to 30 years! Who will it be?
• If you are a fan of nude male physique photography like me, please consider making a generous pledge! Together we can relaunch this groundbreaking historical treasure.
Thank you, guys! I appreciate your taking the time to consider our project!
Dennis Bell, President Curator
The Bob Mizer Foundation
P.S.: Oh, and one more thing: Since the Bob Mizer Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit Educational Archive, parts of your donation may be tax-deductible.
And because pictures can save a thousand words, check out some of the new Physique Pictorial's exclusive content:
• The numbering of volume 42 of the new Physique Pictorial resumes where Mizer left off, with number 41, in 1990. The new volume is limited to an edition of 1000 signed and officially sealed copies. You’ll want to secure your copy now!
• Keep in mind that our goal is broader than simply putting Volume 42 of Physique Pictorial into your hands. We need your pledge to establish the new Physique Pictorial team -- pulling together the writers, editors, and printers necessary to create a publication -- and to secure the production funding for all future issues. We never want Physique Pictorial to end!
More than just generating the first new issue of Physique Pictorial, your pledge will help us secure a professional team of writers, editors, designers, photographers, printers and publicity professionals.
The Bob Mizer Foundation is committed to publishing Physique Pictorial four times a year. This is our goal and your pledge will make that possible.
If you are a fan of vintage physique photography or classic Americana, please pledge what you can to help the Foundation relaunch this historical treasure.
Are you new to the phenomenon of Bob Mizer? Not to worry, we've put together the following just for you!
One photographer. Nearly two million images. Bob Mizer was one of the most prolific photographers of our time, and his work was nearly lost forever. Rescued from hot attics and damp storage lockers, this collection of his work is an enormous visual treasure trove of both Americana and vintage masculinity.
Bob Mizer’s mid-20th-century photography shaped the modern aesthetic as well as civil rights laws that we take for granted today.
You may not know who he is, but there's no question that his work has touched your daily life. The next time you see a shirtless male model on a major advertising campaign, you can thank Bob Mizer and his fifty-year career.
Bob's classic images of muscled young men are reflected everywhere in popular culture. But in the 1940s these types of photographs sent him to prison.
Artists like David Hockney used his images as models for their own work. Among Bob's models were film stars Ed Fury and Glenn Corbett, who started their careers in Mizer's studio; Andy Warhol protégé Joe Dallesandro; and action movie star and former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Studies of Mizer's work have appeared in numerous scholarly journals and books. Spanning a half-century of American history, his images capture the zeitgeist of each and every decade in which he worked.
Either defining or mirroring the times he was living in, Bob's staged photographs of young hoodlums in leather jackets sneered while Marlon Brando and James Dean brawled on the big screen. Greek statues and Bob's models dressed as Roman gladiators mimicked the ancient world as Charlton Heston reigned on the screen in Ben-Hur. Bob's work was kitschy and delicious, and it was almost entirely destroyed.
When Bob died at age 70, after shooting photographs nearly every day since the age of 22, he left no responsible guardian and no plan for his material. It fell into the hands of an opportunist who nearly sold the collection piecemeal after neglecting it for years.
In 2003, having discovered the fate of the Mizer estate, I acquired the collection with the intent to turn it into an educational archive. I also founded The Bob Mizer Foundation [a 501(c)3 non-profit], which became the official custodian of Mizer's work. The archive contains hundreds of thousands of 35mm color transparencies and negatives, hundreds of thousands of 4x5 black and white negatives, thousands of stereoscopic slides and prints, and three thousand finished films
My life's work is preserving and exhibiting Bob Mizer's work, along with comparable work by other photographers of the same era who were influenced by Mizer's publications.
Building and maintaining the archive has been my full-time job for the last twelve years. I hope to reach my goal of cataloging and preserving the entire collection within my lifetime, but I can't do it without your financial support.
For more information about Bob Mizer please see our website.
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Risks and challenges
Nothing about bringing Mizer's estate back into the light has been easy, but every step has been fascinating. Acquiring the collection was relatively easy compared to learning what to do with it. Library and information science is a hugely complicated field, and I spent several years simply learning the basics before tackling the complex task of organizing the two million images and artifacts in the collection.
I've completed three successful Kickstarter's since 2012, and the funds went towards archival materials and digitization. The new Physique Pictorial is a way to feature the results of that work. The risks are low, we print and distribute the editions as they are designed and published each quarter.
Expanding the Bob Mizer Foundation is my full time job, my career, and a project I expect I'll be working on, in one way or another, for the rest of my life. With your help it will all be worthwhile, both for myself and for those existing and future admirers of Bob Mizer's work.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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