Rick Conroy, Photo by John Paladinus, circa 1958

John Palatinus, the last living pioneer of the legendary beefcake era, arrives in Berlin with a spectacular exhibition. After loosing all his works in 1959 through a raid by postal inspectors and NYPD, John worked for more than forty years in fashion and interior design photography.

From 1954 to 1959, Palatinus worked in his studios in Northern Indiana and New York City, photographing young male bodybuilders. His photographs were published in numerous bodybuilding magazines of the era, most notably Tomorrow’s Man, a pocket-sized publication featuring males with posing straps or other coveringsfor their privates. At that time in America, it was illegal to send even seminude photographs through the U.S. Mail.

In early 1959 his now classic photographs were driven from the market by zealous US Postal Inspectors aided by the New York Police Department in highly-publicized raids. All of John’s his cameras, equipment, photographs, negatives, and mailing lists were confiscated and never returned.

Now, after more than half a century, his almost forgotten work has been re-discovered, thanks to the work of archivist and curator of vintage physique photography Alan Harmon.

Vernissage: 07. Sept. 2011 19.00 // Fetish reception 10.Sept 16.00 //

Exhibition until 15. October at CAFÉ DES ARTISTES, Fuggerstraße 35 – 10777 Berlin