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Illicit Histories

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Life & CultureIllicit HistoriesMel Roberts, the Queer Photographer Targeted by the LAPD for His ImagesMiss Rosen charts the rise and fall – and rise again – of the late photographer Mel Roberts, who captured young men on the beaches of CaliforniaMiss Rosen
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Style & GroomingIllicit HistoriesJohn S. Barrington, the 1950s Artist Behind the UK’s First Male Pin-Up MagBarrington’s drawings and sculptures of the male body made him the godfather of physique photography, and saw him arrested for his ‘obscene’ workMiss Rosen
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Life & CultureIllicit HistoriesBruce of Los Angeles, the Man Who Pioneered Beefcake PhotographyBruce Bellas, AKA Bruce of Los Angeles, is known as the grandfather of physique photography, influencing seminal image-makers like Robert Mapplethorpe and Herb Ritts. Continuing a new series, Miss Rosen looks at the man behind the photographsMiss Rosen
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Life & CultureIllicit HistoriesJames Bidgood, the Man Who Pioneered a Dreamy Vision of HomoeroticismIn the first of a new series, Miss Rosen speaks to 86-year-old artist James Bidgood, whose fantastical work is on show now at New York’s Museum of SexMiss Rosen