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Strongman: Vintage Photos of a Masculine Icon
I collect photos of men I don't know, so it's no surprise that I would love this book. Mainardi has done a great job of collecting and reproducing these photos of muscular males. Some are famous, some are just men who perhaps wanted a visual record that they were here and were once physically strong and attractive. Of the well-known models, there's a photo of one of my all-time favorite musclemen, Mickey Hargitay. This is another of my favorite books, a visual stunner.
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FINALIST for the 2002 Lambda Literary Award in Photography/Visual Arts! Assembled from a world-class collection of rare vintage photographs spanning the 1880s to the early 1950s, Strongman showcases images of the famous and the forgotten. Herculean specimens abound: Tony Sansone (The Most Beautiful Man in America), Eugene Sandow (The Strongest Man in the World), and fitness mogul Jack Lalanne all bulk in, testing the elasticity of their posing garb. Alongside these professional competitors are equally fascinating period snapshots that provide a candid peak at anonymous muscular men aspiring to the icon. The photos in Strongman depict a wide variety of scenarios: There are wrestlers locked in gladiatorial combat, acrobats linked in human pyramids, and bronzed beach buddies rough-housing in the sand. Strongman is a photographic celebration of the evolving ideal of the male form.
Vintage photos spanning the 1880s to the early 1950s showcase images of famous, and forgotten, strongmen and include period snapshots of professional competitors and amateur specimens. Foreword written by Jules Bacon, Mr. America, 1943.
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