See our vintage and original prints featured in Coastal Living, Dwell Magazine and other fine quality publications. Born in , Tamotsu Yato was a Japanese photographer responsible for pioneering Japanese photography of the male form. He created iconic black-and-white images of the Japanese male with his nude and semi nude models being mostly amateur, unsophisticated countryside men. Yato photographed his male nude and physique studies during the 's in Japan. His work influenced many photographers of the male form worldwide, both in his day and after. He was a close friend and collaborator of the famous writer Yukio Mishima whom he also photographed nude, as well as a long-term romantic partner of Meredith Weatherby, an expatriate American publisher and translator of Mishima's works into English. Tamotsu Yato died in
The ideal male physique has changed a lot over the last century. The renowned strongmen of the early s weren't the oiled-up, Schwarzenegger -sized bodybuilders we know and love today; they were smaller dudes who struck poses in fig leaves and performed wacky feats of strength for crowds gathered in the street. From the father of modern bodybuilding, Eugen Sandow, to Hercules star Steve Reeves, here's what bodybuilders looked like in the early s. Known as the father of bodybuilding , Sandow developed strength training techniques that are still used today. Among his many accomplishments, Sandow helped stage the world's first bodybuilding show in at England's Royal Albert Hall. Started by legendary bodybuilder Eugen Sandow in , the publication is recognized as the world's first bodybuilding magazine. Sandow had a powerful legacy.
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