For over 40 years, seekers of vintage prints and esoteric publications have been happily lurking through the piles at San Francisco’s The Magazine, a Tenderloin staple that’s been dutifully operated by 70-year-old Robert Mainardi and 79-year-old Trent Dunphy in various locations since 1972.
Now, in preparation for a time “when we are no longer here,” the two men have willed the building at 920 Larkin St. to the Bob Mizer Foundation in order to transform the space into an archive dedicated to the late legend’s pioneering, never-not-hot physique photography.
“We’ve been debating for years what to do as our legacy,” Mainardi reveals to Hoodline.
“We have a large personal collection of physique photos which we will be donating to the Mizer Foundation—this will be our legacy.”
After he died in 1992, the extensive archives of Bob Mizer were unceremoniously chucked in a dumpster—letters, photos, props and personal items reflecting nearly five decades of Mizer’s work enshrining the male form at a time when such activity was taboo, if not illegal.