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Koch, Willie (Model/Subject) & Kundzicz, Walter (Champion Studios). WILLIE KOCH: "STRING BIKINI" COLOR PHOTOGRAPH BY WALTER KUNDZICZ. New York City, NY: Champion Studio, 1965. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 1 pages. Fine.

Rare Willie Koch and Walter Kundzicz/Champion Studios collectible item. An original vintage color photograph of Willie Koch, one of the youngest, most well-endowed, and most good-looking male-nude models discovered by Walter Kundzicz, as photographed in 1965, in one of his most beautiful and iconic portraits. The photograph measures 3.5 X 5 inches, has white borders, and is dated on top ("Jan 65") by Kodak, a very rare indication. It is encased in a protective plastic sheet. The photograph shows Willie Koch posing in the studio, scantily and markedly clad in a white silk bikini brief. "Famous for quality color images of handsome, athletic men from the late 1950's and early 1960's, these photographs of scantily clad athletes (packed with amusing props, costumes, and bulging posing pouches) are notable not only for the commercial success they enjoyed during their heyday but also for their enduring creativity and imagination. Kundzicz and his work left an indelible imprint on male physique photography. Today, nearly half a century later, Kundzicz's work and his most popular models continue to have their ardent fans" (Reed Massengill). Willie Koch was slightly over eighteen years old at the time yet already a specimen of the prototypical All-American male beauty that Kundzicz's impeccable eye discovered, photographed, and committed for posterity. While he (or she) may work in a genre that remains controversial (in puritanical America, not in Europe or Japan), every truly great photographer of the nude is The Eye incarnate: One for beauty and another for permanently capturing it on film. This is what many people really mean, even if it may sound dismissive, when they observe that the photographic nude is "50% casting". Together with such Champion stars as Jim Stryker and Tuck Powell, Willie Koch anticipates by about two decades the model/stars of the reigning American photographer of the male nude, Bruce Weber. This is the genuine article, not just memorabilia, a "must-have" collectible for Willie Koch, Walter Kundzicz/Champion, and male erotic art photography collectors. This is an original color print, and it is very boldly and beautifully signed in red and black pens on verso by the photographer: "Property of Waljim Willie Koch F-6 W. Kundzicz/Champion Test Print". This is the only such copy of the print available online, is eminently suitable for framing, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a museum-quality, collector's copy. There are Walter Kundzicz prints and digital copies available online, but most of them have major flaws and have little or no collectible value. A rare signed copy thus. One of the iconic American male-nude models of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JIM STRYKER, TUCK POWELL, JOE DALLESANDRO, AND BRUCE OF LOS ANGELES TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $300.00

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