Bruce Bellas

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Bruce of Los Angeles | Date not known | Public domain| 14272

Bruce Bellas | Unknown photographer | 14273

Bruce Bellas was born in 1909 and died in 1974. He is better known as the photographer Bruce of Los Angeles, whose photographs of cowboys and rodeo competitors were very popular in “body” and “bodybuilding” magazines of the 1950s to 1970s. Bellas began his photography career in 1947, and many of his most famous images were taken in the period from 1947 to 1955. His work is thought to have influenced other photographers, notably Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber and Herb Ritts.


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2 thoughts on “Bruce Bellas

  1. But that… that’s a chap! It’s against the rules (since Greek and Roman times, anyway)! You’re just not allowed to show chaps and call it art, it just won’t do… Man’s only function is to worship the female form!

    [Extracts tongue from cheek and strolls away…]

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  2. I like the big pink ball he’s holding… (it’s awful innocuous, and the authorities thought it was sodom and begorrah…).

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