Longtime San Francisco portrait photographer Dave Martin died in San Francisco May 4. He was 91. The death was confirmed by the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office, which did not provide a cause.

Operating out of a Sacramento Street studio, which he ran by himself from 1952 through 1974, Mr. Martin was recognized as the first local cameraman to specialize in studies of the male nude physique. His work, originally published in muscle magazines of the time, was rediscovered by a new generation with the release of a retrospective book in 1996, the opening of a Canadian movie Beefcake in 1999, and a local showing in December 2006 of some of his art at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center. READ THE FULL STORY HERE @ THE BAY AREA REPORTER

Thanks for the heads-up F.A.S.








2 Responses

  1. david snow

    love, love, love the old muscle mags!! Vintage nudies and, all the young hot guys!! rip.

    May 15, 2014 at 8:00 am

  2. BigBen

    Oh I always loved Dave Martin’s work. I shall get his book down off the shelf – what a way to be remembered!
    Not only did he help pioneer physique photography he was one of the first to do not only full frontal but had some VERY big lads displaying, ahem, “semis”, extraordinary for the time.

    May 15, 2014 at 12:49 pm

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