PHOTOS: lost Vintage Gay Erotica On Display In Tasmania


Vintage Gay Erotica Royale Hussar Photo Exhibition

A series of vintage gay erotica photographs thought to be lost will soon be exhibited at an Australian art gallery “Royale Hussar Out of the Dark”

Next month Colville Gallery will open the “Royale Hussar Out of the Dark – The Lost Images” exhibition.

This features the 20th-century photography of British artists Basil Clavering and John Parkhurst from their Royale and Hussar photography studios.

The two men ran the two studios, specialising in bodybuilder images and military themes producing photo sets and stories.

These were advertised in specialist magazines and sold through mail order.

Clavering and Parkhurst took the new exhibition’s photos from the early 1950s to the mid-1960s.

The photos depict bodybuilders, men in uniform, and military discipline.

They reflect the look of the drawings of iconic gay artist Tom of Finland from the same era.

Clavering and Parkhurst used authentic uniforms and props, representing Guardsmen, the Royal Horse Artillery, Navy and Army men.

Many of the models were also active military personnel Clavering met in public houses by the local barracks.

After that the images were passed down from the original photographers to Tasmanians Michael Carnes and Robert Lavis.

They’re meticulously restored for display in this exhibition.

The images are all for sale.

Firstly we have  the Queen’s Guard 1 | Vintage Gay Erotica

(c. 1959-60) From the Royale and Husser Photographic Studios UK

Archival digital print laminated.

Limited edition 40 Studio stamp and edition on verso.

132 x 90cm   $3,500.

 

Secondly, we have the Queen’s Guard 2 | Vintage Gay Erotica

Vintage Gay Erotica Queen's Guard 3

Archival digital print laminated.
Limited edition 40 Studio stamp and edition on verso.
132 x 90cm $3,500.

Thirdly the Queen’s Guard 3 | Vintage Gay Erotica

Vintage Gay Erotica Queen's Guard 3

Archival digital print laminated.
Limited edition 40 Studio stamp and edition on verso.
132 x 90cm $3,500.

Fourthly the Queen’s Guard 4 | Vintage Gay Erotica

Vintage Gay Erotica Queen's Guard 4

Archival digital print laminated.
Limited edition 40 Studio stamp and edition on verso.
132 x 90cm $3,500.

Furthermore, we have the Horse Guards Parade

Vintage Gay Erotica

Archival digital print laminated.
However, limited edition 40 Studio stamp and edition on verso.
132 x 90cm $3,500.

Horse Guards Side | Vintage Gay Erotica

Vintage Gay Erotica

Archival digital print laminated.
However, limited edition 40 Studio stamp and edition on verso.
132 x 90cm $3,500.

Horse Guards Front | Vintage Gay Erotica

Vintage Gay Erotica

Archival digital print laminated.
However, limited edition 40 Studio stamp and edition on verso.
132 x 90cm $3,500

The Lieutenant

Vintage Gay Erotica

Archival digital print laminated.
However, limited edition 40 Studio stamp and edition on verso.
132 x 90cm $3,500.

Regimental Sword 1 | Vintage Gay Erotica

Vintage Gay Erotica

Archival digital print laminated.
However, limited edition 40 Studio stamp and edition on verso.
132 x 90cm $3,500.

Similarly Regimental Sword 2 | Vintage Gay Erotica

Vintage Gay Erotica

Archival digital print laminated.
However, limited edition 40 Studio stamp and edition on verso.
132 x 90cm $3,500.

Eclipsed | Vintage Gay Erotica

Vintage Gay Erotica

Archival digital print laminated.
However, limited edition 40 Studio stamp and edition on verso.
132 x 90cm $3,500.

Under The Lash | Vintage Gay Erotica

Vintage Gay Erotica

Archival digital print laminated.
However, limited edition 40 Studio stamp and edition on verso.
132 x 90cm $3,500.

The Brig | Vintage Gay Erotica

Vintage Gay Erotica

Archival digital print laminated.
However, limited edition 40 Studio stamp and edition on verso.
132 x 90cm $3,500.

Ship Mates | Vintage Gay Erotica

Vintage Gay Erotica

Archival digital print laminated.
However, limited edition 40 Studio stamp and edition on verso.
132 x 90cm $3,500.

Lastly, we come to the Commanding

Vintage Gay Erotica

Archival digital print laminated.
However, limited edition 40 Studio stamp and edition on verso.
132 x 90cm $3,500.
In addition, works also available Poster Size Laminated.
Archival digital print. 70 x 47.7cm $1,350

 

The Royal Hussar: Out of the Dark exhibition opens at the Colville Gallery in Tasmania from June 10 until June 29 | 2016.

For further details, visit the Colville Gallery’s website.

 

 

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