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Untitled (scout - Alan B. Stone

Untitled (scout with mask, 1956) - Alan B. Stone

Alan B. Stone (1927 – 1992) was a gay, Montreal-based photographer who had a lucrative career in the 1950s and 1960s as the major Canadian physique photographer. His work, which focused primarily on the male form, was published in magazines like Adonis in Britain and Physique Pictorial in the United States.

Stone continued his multi-faceted career right up to his death at 65. One of his last schemes was to establish a Quebec version of the famous Chippendale dancers to tour the region. He was still taking pictures of prospective members a few weeks before he passed away in December 1992.

Aware of the historic and artistic importance of his work, Stone’s family generously transferred the major part of his negatives, slides, and prints to the Archives gaies du Québec.

“Stone captures old Montreal as it is eclipsed by the modern— here represented by the construction of the Expo 67 complex. The other story of Montreal depicts a city punctuated by men’s physiques, with Stone focusing on construction workers and dockhands as much as the landscapes that frame them. There is also plenty of posed beefcake from Stone’s ’50s and ’60s Mark One Studio, but it’s his officially commissioned photos of Boy Scouts doing lifeguard training that are the most daring, simply for the eroticism they imply.” – Matt Sussman, Flavorpill

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