Detail of 'Man in Shower in Beverly Hills', 1964 © David Hockney. Photo © Tate, London 2013
'Beefcakes & Dripping' - male physique photography
This talk is part of our weekend of events exploring key themes in our David Hockney exhibition. In partnership with Homotopia, the international festival of queer arts and culture.
British gay culture went deep underground after the Second World War. A secretive network grew up around the boom in bodybuilding and physique magazines, which became a covert gay press, supplying British men with erotic images, contacts and a sense of belonging at a time of vicious legal persecution.
Rupert Smith uncovers a vibrant, erotic gay visual culture in magazines like Man's World, Health and Strength and Man Alive, illustrated with work by the brave, eccentric photographers and models who created some of the most striking images of gay desire in the 50s and 60s.
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This event is part of the David Hockney: Early reflections exhibition.