Links & Suggested Reading
The more you see the more you want to know. This is true whether you are looking into the eyes of a beautiful subject or discovering an art form for the first time. Many visitors to our site ask how they can learn more about vintage nude and erotic photography. In response we have assembled this page of links and book titles that will lead visitors to some of the best information and sources available. We have divided our sources into sections: Vintage Photography links; Muscle & Physique links; Gay & Lesbian Resource links; and Books from TASCHEN, David Leddick; David Chapman and others. Of course, knowledgeable collectors and historians visit our site as well, and we are always grateful for suggested links and titles. After all, with as much as we ourselves have seen, we too are still left wanting more.

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Sometimes useful books on vintage nude photography are hard to find. We are pleased to suggest and review the following books. And if you see a book you'd like to own, you can purchase the book as easily as clicking on it's cover! BigKugels Photographic is proud to be an affiliate of Barnes & Nobel who are committed to making these books available either new or used when out of stock.

Books from TASCHEN America Press
Beefcake: The Muscle Magazines of America 1950-1970
by F. Valentine Hooven, III
Paperback (June1996)
TASCHEN America Llc; ISBN: 3822889393

A well-written, stylishly designed volume. Sometimes focuses on one photographer at the expense of others. Yet the stories are intriguing and well told, and the photographs are expertly documented. Chuck Renslow and Kris Studio's story is most compellingly told.
The Physique Pictorial: The Complete Reprint (3 Volume Boxed Set)
The Complete Reprint of Physique Pictorial : 1951-1990
Hardcover Three-Volume Boxed Set (July 1997)
TASCHEN America Llc; ISBN: 3822881864

The compulsive collector's dream come true or worst nightmare, depending upon how many hours or days one spends pouring over the adds, texts and tiny photo reprints tracing the career of a favorite model or studio. Though an index would have been helpful (and no doubt, the size of a fourth volume) this set is essential for collectors wishing to identify their prints.
100 Male Nudes
100 Males Nudes
Paperback (February 1997)
TASCHEN America Llc; ISBN: 3822881627

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Books by David Leddick
The Male Nude
The Male Nude
By David Leddick
Paperback (February 1998)
TASCHEN America Llc; ISBN: 3822879665

A massive volume of well-documented and beautifully printed images by nearly every great photographer of male nudes since the camera was invented. If you know only a few studios or a single era of male nudes, this is a great way to place your favorites within their historical context. Divided by decades, their is a brief history at the beginning of each chapter. Fans of some photographers, like Rip Colt of Colt Studio, will wag a finger at Leddick for listing easily-identifiable images as "Anonymous".
Naked Men
Naked Men: Pioneering Male Nudes 1935-1955
by David Leddick
Hardcover (June 1997)
Universe Pub; ISBN: 0789300796

This intriguing volume treats us to a rare glimpse at the models "then & now." George Platt Lynes fans in particular will enjoy this book.

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Books by David Chapman
Sandow the Magnificent: Eugen Sandow and the Beginnings of Bodybuilding Sandow the Magnificent: Eugen Sandow & the Beginnings of Bodybuilding
David L. Chapman
Hardcover (April 1994)
University of Illinois Press; ISBN: 0252020332

Eugen SANDOW (1867-1925) was arguably the best known and greatest bodybuilder of the late 19th Century. Throughout his extensive career, he used the developing medium of photography to market himself in cabinet cards and photographs. He was a favored model of some of the best of the 19th Century artists and body building enthusiasts. You cannot help but revel in this book by one of the foremost collectors of Sandow photographs.
Adonis: The Male Physique Pin-up 1870-1940
Adonis : The Male Physique Pin-Up 1870-1940
David Chapman (Editor)
Paperback (1997)
Gay Men's Press; ISBN: 085449250X

"Creamy" might be the word one would use for this incredible volume of male nude and physique photographs dating from the late 1800s to the 1940s. The paper stock and printing process alone are sensuous. The images have been printed in warm tones and enameled, nearly giving them the appearance of gelatin prints. But of course, the printing quality had to match the beauty of the subject matter. These men are some of the greatest ever photographed, and David Chapman treats them with the affection and knowledge reserved for lovers and idols. Chapman's introduction alone is worth the read for the well-written history and antidotes.
Mountain Men Mountain Men: The Male Photography of Don Whitman
by Don Whitman, David Chapman (Introduction)
Paperback (1991)
Gay Men's Press; ISBN: 0854491481

Printed beautifully and well-anotated with models' names, this volume confirms that Whitman was one of the masters of the Beefcake era. The technically flawless photography is as breathtaking as the models and the landscape. Chapman provides yet another informative and affectionate introduction.
Hollywood Nudes Hollywood Nudes: Photography of Fred Kovert
by Fred Kovert, David Chapman (Introduction)
Paperback (1991)
Aubrey Walters; ISBN: 0854492941

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Books by other authors and photographers
Strongman: Vintage Photos of a Masculine ICON Strongman : Vintage Photos of a Masculine Icon
Robert Mainardi (Editor), Forward by Jules Bacon, Mr. America 1943
Hardcover (2000)
Council Oak Books; ISBN: 1571781013

Would you like to feel as if you own one of the finest collections of early strongmen photographs? Then, own this book. Not only are the images well chosen and exquisitely reproduced, but also Mainardi has documented the photographers and their subjects with the details that come only from the storehouse of a true collector. His introduction is as intimate as it is informative and thoughtfully written. Mainardi's selection of images, as well as his choice of Jules Bacon to write his forward, anchors this volume far more deeply in the lexicon of physique photography than many of the books being produced today. We look forward to seeing what he has in store for us next.

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Exposed: A Celebration of the Male Nude from 90 of the World's Greatest Photographers Exposed : A Celebration of the Male Nude
from 90 of the World's Greatest Photographers

Phil Braham (Editor), Foreword by Reed Massengill
Paperback (2000)
Thunder's Mouth Press; ISBN: 1560253010

A trip through the photographers we have known and loved for the past hundred years or more, this book studies the male nude in photography from many esthetics and purposes. As the publisher's notes profess: "Every style and subject is presented, from the black and white documentary style of Michael von Grattenreid to the beautifully lit, almost pornographic 70s-style photographs of Clifford Baker or the kitsch masterpieces of Gilbert and George; and from Michael McDevitt's boxers and Tom Bianchi's glamour boys to Trish Morrisey's compelling old man." We had only wished that Braham had stepped a little further beyond the current icons in choosing the representatives of Beefcake-era photography. When including Bruce and Mizer, he might have considered such less-popularly-known but more gifted photographers as Douglas, Urban and Townsend.

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Naked Heartland: Itinerant Photography of Bruce of Los Angeles
Bruce Bellas
Hardcover (2000)
Janssen Verlag; ISBN: 3925443886

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Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone
Edward Lucie-Smith
Hardcover (2000)
Ipso Facto; ISBN: 189326310X

The publisher's notes attest: "Internationally renowned art critic Edward Lucie-Smith has achieved a first: Flesh & Stone, a volume of gay erotic photography featuring his own work, accompanied by a text highlighting the depiction of the male nude form in classical sculpture and contemporary photography. Flesh & Stone teases the viewer into deconstructing pairs of photographs presented side-by-side: flesh or stone? Lucie-Smith captures details from well-known art masterpieces and anonymous male lovers. An important contribution to the way homosexuals see themselves expressing love, desire and emotions."

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American Photography of the Male Nude Series
A series of coffee-table style books, these volumes are short on information. There is not even an attempt to identify models easily recognizable from a cursory spin through Physique Pictorial. Yet the photos are beautifully reproduced, and collectors might use this series to identify common props or set pieces in some of the unattributed works in their collection. But don't use these books as your only resource. Some images have been misattributed.

Bruce of Los Angeles; American Photography of the Male Nude, 1940-1970, Vol. 1
Hardcover (1998)
Janssen; ISBN: 3925443541

Lon of New York; American Photography of the Male Nude, 1940-1970, Vol. 2
Paperback (2001)
Janssen Verlag; ISBN: 3925443614

Dave Martin; American Photography of the Male Nude, 1940-1970, Vol. 3
Hardcover (2001)
Janssen Verlag; ISBN: 3925443673

Douglas of Detroit; American Photography of the Male Nude, 1940-1970, Vol. 4
Paperback (2001)
Janssen Verlag; ISBN: 3925443770

Pat Milo; American Photography of the Male Nude, 1940-1970, Vol. 5
Hardcover (2001)
Janssen Verlag; ISBN: 3925443851

Al Urban; American Photography of the Male Nude, 1940-1970, Vol. 6
Paperback (2002)
Janssen Verlag; ISBN: 0958431485

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Vintage Photography

International Center of Photography -

Wilhelm von Gloeden -

Eadweard Muybridge - Father of the Motion Picture -

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Muscle & Physique

SANDOW - Historic Photographs of Early Bodybuilders -

The Best Links Page for sites on the history of Bodybuilding and its stars comes from the above Sandow site -

"Charles Atlas, The Worlds Most Perfectly Developed Man" -

I.F.B.B.'s Bodybuilding Hall of Fame! -

Muscle Memory: A Great Archive of Bodybuilding's Greats -

Iron Men on the Net -

Woolsrake Photography: A contemporary photographer capturing a rare vision of mature, muscular and blue-collar masculinity -

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Gay & Lesbian Art & Publications

Our Own Voices: A Directory of Lesbian and Gay Periodicals, 1890s-1990s
Produced by the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Periodical Archives

Museo del Gayo: Gay Art Museum -

NDT Photography: Contemporary Photographer -

Gayscape: The Complete directory to anything Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual on the Internet -

Gay Zoo: The Search Engine for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Internet Community -

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