BOB MIZER FOUNDATION

PHYSIQUE

CULTURE
EDUCATION

teaches important censorship lessons

from the past

> inspires students to stand up for human rights

& social justice.

The Bob Mizer Foundation commemorates the past and educates for the future.

AN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

THAT CELEBRATES THE POWER OF CONTROVERSIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

The Bob Mizer Foundation (BMF) is an acclaimed teaching and research institution devoted to photography based censorship education.

 

The Foundation, a leader in physique culture education, engages 25,000 followers annually and promotes human rights, social justice and civil rights awareness through education and commemoration of the photography of the mid 20th century.

 

Through our archives, collections, and programs, our education assists students and visitors in developing an understanding of the causes, signs and consequences of censorship, racism, and stereotyping in any society.

The lower down the social scale we go, the more virulent forms of prejudice are we able to discover, and the more ignorant are the excuses given to justify attitudes often completely lacking in logic.

Bob Mizer - Physique Pictorial June 1965

THE WORK of BOB MIZER


Our massive collections and archives hold literally millions of artifacts, through which the story of the evolution of censorship can be told. The cornerstone of our archives is the enormous body of work by Bob Mizer, and is supplemented by virtually every working artist of his time.

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Learn the story of Bob Mizer's massive photographic estate and the future we have planned for it.

His photography was a seedbed for a myriad of image makers, both amateur and professional – such as Robert Mapplethorpe, David Hockney, Jim French, Bruce Weber and Andy Warhol.

 

Working out of his house in Los Angeles, Mizer created his legendary studio, Athletic Model Guild, part business, part watering hole and wayward house for youths, but primarily ground zero for the new era of male imagery.  Using home made sets, or light and slide projections, Bob Mizer prefigured what would later become ‘constructed’ photography in the early 1980’s. 

 

Mizer also produced the widely circulated men’s magazine, Physique Pictorial, which introduced and promoted the artists, George Quaintance and Tom of Finland to the world at large. By producing Physique Pictorial, Mizer infiltrated/flooded American culture with images of men and a fantastic spectrum of masculinity.

 

With knowledge of art history and film, Mizer’s work was meticulous, intelligent, humorous, and eloquent – a language that could only come from the mid-century, golden age of Southern California.

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