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Dallesandro, Joe (Subject) & Bruce of Los Angeles (A.K.A. Bruce of LA). JOE DALLESANDRO: NUDE BLACK-AND-WHITE PHOTOGRAPH BY BRUCE OF LOS ANGELES. Los Angeles, CA: Bruce Of Los Angeles, Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 1 pages. Fine.

Rare Joe Dallesandro and Bruce of Los Angeles collectible item. Vintage original silver-gelatin print of Joe Dallesandro, as photographed by Bruce of Los Angeles, just before his Andy Warhol/The Factory fame. The print measures 8 X 10 inches and is encased in two protective sheets: A glassine photographic sleeve which is placed inside an oversize thick plastic cover. It shows Dallesandro at the peak of his beauty: Extremely handsome and sexily (though not overly) buffed, in a full-frontal pose. He is shown holding his fully erect penis and looking directly at the camera. This is not a digital print or a later, contemporary print but was printed directly from the original negative during Bruce of LA's lifetime. It is very beautifully developed, with great clarity and subtle contrasts, on Double-Weight Fiber photographic paper, the paper Bruce of LA used in his last years. According to Reed Massengill, the leading authority on male erotic photography in America: "Coupled with the fact that it is unstamped but retains its white borders, it dates back to Bruce's lifetime rather than the later Kensington Road-era. Because this is one of the more erotic poses from Bruce's single session with Joe Dallesandro, it is a rare print in this large size and format. Joe's full name is spelled with the apostrophe on verso ('Joe D'Alessandro') ". Joe Dallesandro remains the cult icon/figure of Warhol's ground-breaking underground films, whose aesthetics and style anticipate by almost fifty years the deliberately crude and gritty sex films that appear routinely online today. Before he was discovered and turned into his very own superstar by Warhol (who was so obviously in love with him), Joe Dallesandro was the muse of the great male-nude photographers, which include Athletic Model Guild (Bob Mizer), Milo of Los Angeles (Pat Milo), Times Square Studio, and Photozique Studios. But it was Bruce of Los Angeles (whose real name was Bruce Bellas) who was the very first to photograph him, in exactly one session. Warhol avidly collected all of the so-called "physique magazines", and they remain in his Permanent Archives. After his Warhol breakthrough, Dallesandro was photographed by Duane Michals, Jack Mitchell, Francesco Scavullo, and Richard Avedon, among many other mainstream photographers. The Avedon prints (which show Dallesandro with other Factory members) command thousands of dollars, and are proudly displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. More than just a memorabilia item, this is the genuine article, a "must-have" collectible for Joe Dallesandro, Bruce of LA, and male erotic art photography collectors. This is an original vintage silver-gelatin print, is very highly collectible, and eminently suitable for framing. This is the only copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a museum-quality, collector's copy. Its provenance is impeccable as it comes from the personal collection of Reed Massengill. According to Massengill, Dallesandro told him that he does not normally sign his "fully-erect" poses, making an exception and special arrangement in the case of a few of Massengill's print copies only. There are Joe Dallesandro/Bruce of LA prints available online, but most of them have major flaws and have little or no collectible value. A very rare copy thus. One of the iconic American model/actors of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOE DALLESANDRO AND BRUCE OF LOS ANGELES TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $1000.00

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