Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Stage set AMG

Theatrical Backdrops for Body Builders 
photographed by Robert Mizer 
for Athletic Model Guild
Pico Union Los Angeles 
circa 1960

1 - 6 John Manning & James Selig
7 Jim Rees
8 Jim Reno
9 Jim Rees
10 Johnny Yuma & Link Ramon

11 Johnny Yuma, Link Ramon & Jim Reno

Monday, April 3, 2017

Andrei Rublev

Frescoes & Icons
circa 1363 - 29 January 1427
Vladimir & Moscow, Russia

1 & 2 Image of God 
3 Ascension of Jesus  
4 Annunciation 
5 Trinity 
6 Theotokos of Vladimir 
7 Ascension of Jesus
8 Deposition of Jesus 
9 Annunciation 
10 Savior in Glory.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Ricardo Chalate: Entrenador

(con Xavier Gomez y solo) 
Canción 10 y anomio
Ciudad de México 2010 - 2016

Four or five years ago I came across this very sexy foto (seen directly above, and simply labeled Entrenador,) of a physical trainer in Mexico City and found myself searching for more of him to no avail.  Now all this time later, through an unrelated internet search of the young man who appears now to be his boyfriend and student, I’ve not only found more pictures of this fellow but learned his name as well.  I will likely put together a post of fotos of his handsome protégé, Xavier, as well, but for now I will simply savor my happy discovery and imagine their training sessions and aftermath.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Alvin Ailey photographed by Carl Van Vechten

New York City

Alvin Ailey was twenty four years old when these pictures were taken.  At the time he was performing in the Broadway musical House of Flowers (by Harold Arlen & Truman Capote, directed by Peter Brook) alongside Diahann Carroll, Pearl Bailey, Juanita Hall, Carmen de Lavallade, Geoffrey Holder and Arthur Mitchell, all of whom were also photographed by Van Vechten at the time.  Ailey of course went on to found the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in 1958 and Arthur Mitchell founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem ten years later.  Geoffrey Holder choreographed works for both of those companies.  It was Holder’s wife, Carmen de Lavallade, who introduced Ailey (her close friend from High School until the end of his life) to dance training with Lester Horton and it was with Carmen that Alvin first came to New York to appear in House of Flowers.