Tuesday, June 21, 2016

'Lost' Vintage Gay Erotica

British artists John Parkhurst and Basil Clavering operated a photo studio specializing in military themes and bodybuilder images. According to Q News their photo sets and stories were featured in specialist magazines and sold through mail order. Many of the models were active military personnel. Parkhurst and Clavering used authentic uniforms and props, representing Guardsmen, the Royal Horse Artillery, Navy and Army. The images depict gay male erotica and perhaps the photographers found inspiration in the drawings of iconic gay artist Tom of Finland.

The images are for sale at the Colville Gallery in Tasmania, Australia. The exhibition is called, The Royal Hussar: Out of the Dark which runs till June 29, 2016. For details, visit the Colville Gallery’s website.

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