This vintage* male nude beefcake photograph by photographer Jim FRENCH of COLT Studio, dates most likely from the 1980s and features beefy, handsome bodybuilder Buck HAYES in a very inviting, sensual pose.
Hayes appeared in several important Colt Studio publications, including the 25th Anniversary Album 1 and 4; Colt Studio Presents 8: The Great Duals; Colt Private Collection 1: Muscle; Colt Private Collection 2: Herculean; Colt Calendar Men 1; Colt Men Calendar 1986, 1993; Colt Classic Calendar 1992, and Jim French: The Art of the Male Nude. Under the name Rex Morgan, he also appeared in Advocate Men April 1985, December 1993; Jock June 1985; Mandate July 1985; Honcho July 1985; Unzipped March 2002, and Stallion July 1982. Video work includes Hunk (Nova), Full Load: Maximum Oversize (John Travis), Therapy (Surge), and Faces (His).
Jim French’s Colt Studio
In the 1970s and ’80s, when the thick envelope arrived, marked with only a Studio City post office box, guys on the Colt Studio mailing list knew they were in for a rare treat: the monthly care package of advertising fliers featuring, hands down, the biggest, ruggedest, hairiest, handsomest men on earth. Jim French (a.k.a. Rip Colt) got his start in Greenwich Village in 1967, when primping and waxing were suddenly the only crimes in male nude photography. First in gritty New York and then in sunny Southern California, where he moved in 1974, he and his naturally handsome men helped define the gay male imagery of the ’70s, combining excellent photography with muscular, no-holds-barred sensuality. His studio’s publications like Gallery, Olympus, Colt Men and Spurs showcased the best of his work in slick, well-produced larger formats, that kept many young men like yours truly occupied through the first two decades post-Stonewall. French continued producing excellent films, photos and magazines with a carefully selected stable of handsome models, right up until he sold the studio in 2003. French’s work was presented beautifully in the 2011 hardcover art book Jim French Diaries: The Creator of Colt Studio (Gmünder), edited by preeminent photography collector Robert Mainardi and Jim French himself.
This 5-by-7-inch vintage photograph is printed on glossy stock and is in very good condition.Quality and clarity are, as is to be expected, excellent.