Title: CHAMPION: PHOTOGRAPHS BY WALTER KUNDZICZ - ...
Publisher: Frankfurt, Germany: Goliath Verlag, 2003
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 368 pages. Published in 2003. Retrospective collection of male nudes. One of the best erotic photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Goliath Verlag: Small-size volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Walter Kundzicz. Introduction by Reed Massengill. The photographs are also reproduced in miniature with the full names of the models at the end. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Frankfurt, Germany to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Walter Kundzicz's "Champion". Hundreds of male nudes taken by Walter Kundzicz when he owned and operated Champion Studios. "Famous for quality color images of handsome, athletic men from the late 1950's and early 1960's, these 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. Kundzicz and his work left an indelible imprint on male physique photography. Today, half a century later, Kundzicz's work and his most popular models continue to have their ardent fans" (Publisher's blurb). Actually, most of the models are full-frontal nude, and those who are "scantily clad" are wearing "see-through" briefs, fishnets, bikinis, and gym straps, allowing you not only to get a glimpse but to see everything. The heterosexual Richard Prince, one of the most important and influential living American artists, has appropriated, that is, re-photographed many of the images, notably Stash Howard in his Marlboro Man outfit (who is shown actually smoking a Marlboro in another shot whereas the Marlboro Man was mostly shown lighting a cigarette). Prince exhibited them as emblems of Americana, and made millions of dollars from their sale as serious art. These photographs of a bygone era show how much we have become less rather than more open as a society over time. The Internet is helping change all that, and as such, is merely taking us back to a more uninhibited time when the handsome man on the street gladly posed nude before Walter Kundzicz's camera. An absolute "must-have" title for Walter Kundzicz and erotic art photography collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed on the title page in pen by both Walter Kundzicz and Reed Massengill. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is an erotic photography book classic. As far as we know, this is the only such double-signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 345 color plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of the male nude of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WALTER KUNDZICZ AND REED MASSENGILL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 393670905X. Bookseller Inventory # 19396
Synopsis: The first book of images from Champion Studios, famous for quality color images of handsome, athletic young men from the late 1950s and early '60s. 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.
About the Author: Reed Massengill is the photographer of three collections of male nudes His images also have been included in many important photographic anthologies, including Exposed (Thunder's Mouth, 2000) and Male Nude Now (Universe, 2001). He was commissioned to write the award-winning Becoming American Express; and his first book, Portrait of a Racist (St. Martinís, 1994), was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1994.
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