Auction value of $2,000. Mel Roberts estate edition print. "Marilyn Dead" 1962. 16" x 16". Edition 3/50.
Mel Roberts (American, b. 1923) is a photographer and activist who captured the spirit of the California Dream that lured thousands of gay men to the Golden State in search of freedom and opportunity after World War II. Unlike other physique photographers, Roberts' subjects were not the perfectly proportioned bodybuilders, hustlers, or professional models common in the magazines of the time. His models were natural, "everyday" young men who Roberts, first and foremost, had to know personally before photographing. Roberts' work is also distinguished by his interest in fashion styles and trends in pop culture. His models often wear cut-off jeans, flower-power bell-bottoms, and love beads. They pose by the backyard pool on op-art towels and recline in bed on zebra-print sheets.
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