Champion

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Goliath, 2003 - Photography - 368 pages
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The first book of images from champion Studios, famous for quality color images of handsome, athletic young men from the late 1950's and early '60's. These 345 photographs of scantily clad athletes--packed with amusing props, costumes, and bulging posing pouches--are notable not only for the commercial success they enjoyed during their heyday, but also for their enduring creativity and imagination. Whether measured in terms of his prolific output, sales, his early and sophisticated use of customer mailing lists, or his impact upon the U.S. censorship laws of his time, Kundzicz and his work left an indelible imprint on male physique photography. Today, nearly half a century later, Kundzicz's work and his most popular models continue to have their ardent fans.

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About the author (2003)

Walter Kundzicz, born 1925, has been an Army Air Corps gunner, an architectural draftsman and - under the studio names Champion, Take One, Master Physique and Treasure House of European Models (THEM) - was one of the most prolific photographers of the male nude physique during the 1950s and 60s. He is now retired.

Reed Massengill (b.1961) is a writer, editor and photographer with nine books to his credit. He is an avid collector of vintage male physique photography.

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