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5.0 out of 5 stars Careful, You'll put your eye out with that thing !! 40 years of Colt men., 18 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Jim French Diaries (Bruno Gmunder Verlag) (Hardcover)
The poor woman at the post office nearly slipped a disc as she heaved this large book across the counter. Large is an understatement, both regarding the book itself, and plenty of the men inside it. Colt studio has been photographing men since the late 60's, and here are around 350 pages of some of the best. There is a particular type of man that will be found in any Colt book. No skinny, androgynous over-groomed models here.

The book opens with an interview with Colt studio founder Jim French, regarding his art background, and shows several of the beautiful drawings he produced under the name "Luger." Also here are chapters where Jim French talks about the business side of things, as well as Fire Island, polaroids, Superstars, California, and model Ledermeister.

Four of the chapters are about various models, and include stories about their real lives, their habits as models, their characters, and in some cases, their sad end, such as model Bill Cable (aka Stoner) who died a year after a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles. There are light-hearted moments too, such as the air hostess who took quite a liking to model Mike Timber after he offered her some in-flight "entertainment", then followed him to a remote area where his photo shoot was to take place, in the hope of some more of the same.

The photographs are the obvious main-attraction throughout. Dozens and dozens of men from the last 4 decades. A few of the well-known models include Pete Kuzak, Rick Koch, Carl Hardwick, Al Parker, Franco Corelli, Dakota, Buck Hayes, Bruno, Jake Tanner, and Ken Ryker. Legendary model John Pruitt features too, and was apparently so attractive that if entered a crowded restaurant, the place would fall silent. It's not difficult to see why in his full page photos here. The book closes with a key to the names of each model throughout the book.

Overall, a great look-back at the men of Colt studio, as well as historic item which may well become very sought-after years from now.
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Jim French Diaries (Bruno Gmunder Verlag) by Jim French (Hardcover - 20 Oct. 2011)
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