Coast to Coast

by Eyal de Leeuw | 24.05.13

Two recently published books are celebrating the male body, marking a new nostalgic wave to the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s from two different sides of the continent.

The first one, “Bruce of Los Angeles Rodeo“, is the second book published by Acne Studios, focusing on Bruce Bellas, better known as Bruce of Los Angeles, a pioneer of beefcake. Beginning in the 1940s, Bellas photographed some of the most important figures in the world of physical culture; But he also influenced the work of fashion photographers Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber, and many others.

The book show a less known side of Bellas, photos of real cowboys are depicted casually dressed and relaxing between bronco busting or bull riding performances at Western rodeos.

The second one, “Fire Island Pines: Polaroids 1975-1983” is a an album documenting eight summers of gay life on the Long Island sandbar by Tom Bianchi. Landscapes and beach views, friends lying in bed, dancing or hanging out in beach houses – the books is a farewell song to the freedom and careless years before the epilogue that struck the gay community soon after.


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