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It was over a simple spaghetti dinner, at Mel's Bel Air, California home a year later that the book and companion traveling exhibition began to take shape. Mel began to unwrap negatives, which had not been seen for over 30 years. Mr. Sprigle, a photographer in his own right, was impressed that Mel's photographs were so well executed and composed that they required no cropping or digital enhancement. None of the photographs in the book "California Boys" have been cut or altered in any way. A very few even contain slight defects and scratches created by Mr. Roberts himself, caused by the primitive dark room he used. During this era, commercial labs did not accept nude photographs of young men, so he had to develop the negatives himself.
The history of these special photographs and Mel Roberts' pioneering spirit continue to inspire us at FotoFactory Press. We are pleased to have published such a beautiful collection by the master of 1960s and 1970s California photography. A testament to this fact is that FotoFactory Press is currently in production on the second volume of Mel Roberts photographs titled "The Wild Ones: The Erotic Photographs of Mel Roberts" which will be available in July 2001. This volume can be pre-ordered at email@example.com.
Mel Roberts has been photographing young men for decades. This book and its companion book - The Wild Ones - document the state of erotic male photographs from an earlier era... Read morePublished on November 24, 2004 by Get What We Give
My first quick perusal of this book lead to a mild sense of disappointment, but the more I studied the pictures, the more I came to appreciate their artistry. Read morePublished on December 9, 2000