Iconic Gay Photographer Bob Mizer On View In Berlin

Posted by David Ozanich — 16 Feb 2011


Much-loved digest of erotic art, BUTT Magazine, is featuring the work of iconic Los Angeles gay photographer Bob Mizer. He got his start publishing "obscene literature" like Physique Pictorial. Now his photography is on view in a new Berlin show:

This weekend, Berlin boys will get a treat, as a show of strange, beautiful, and never before-seen Mizer photos recently uncovered by STH editor Billy Miller and Christian Siekmeier is set to open at the Exile gallery. Even more exciting is that the work in the show, dating from 1939 until his death in 1992, is not what we've come to expect from Mizer, even though it's no less arousing or interesting: a hunk in shimmery gold pants leaps in the air as a sailor looks on, two men in rock costumes which obscure their faces kiss, a naked Jesus writhes on the cross with an erection, nearly naked Native Americans, officious-looking SS officers, and perhaps the most unlikely of subjects, a naked woman frolicking in the snow. There's something off about nearly every photo, but collectively they paint a very different portrait of Mizer as not just a pornographer, but a tireless artist, happily trying any idea that came into his head and a tender, always turned-on portraiteer.

Sounds like a great show. You can see more NSFW shots, including the naked Jesus, at BUTT. (See it there as you probably won't be seeing it at the Smithsonian any time soon.)

You can find more details on visiting the Berlin show, which is on view until March 19th, at This is Exile. The opening night party, on February 19th, will feature the DJ-ing skills of the Pet Shop Bears.


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