A TRIBUTE TO THE PHOTOGRAPHERS
picture is worth a thousand words. Where would bodybuilding be today
without the particular sensitivity and technical skills of the physique
photographer? A photo shoot is hard stress filled work and usually
yields only one or two good shots even when the athlete is at his
or her peak.
sincere appreciation and admiration goes to these photographers
for their patience, hard work and dedications to their art. They
make the bodybuilding world look so good.
ARTIE ZELLER.... RUSS WARNER.... JIMMY CARUSO.... MIKE NEVEUX....
Lund, international photographer for Flex Magazine, focuses on both
of us as I prepare material for today's bodybuilding world. During
a particularly enjoyable late summer day at World Gym Venice, I
shared a photo session with this crazy and endearing character.
What a treat it was to spend time with this man as he created such
unique shots. As we talked, his years of involvement in the sport
became evident and his enthusiasm inspiring.
Michael Neveux took the bodybuilders off the gym floor and placed
them in the center of his artform. Never before had bodybuilding
photography been treated as artistically or with such dramatic use
of lights and backgrounds. He creates an energy in his pictures
with unexcelled style and contrast.
photographers who record our sport don't get nearly the credit they
deserve. Guys like Artie Zeller, Russ Warner, Jimmy Caruso and John
Balik helped mold and form our sport. Artie Zeller, master photographer,
bodybuilder, long-time friend and confidant had abdominals and intercostals
long before I could spell them. He's another cornerstone who's inspired
always enjoyed my time with the fun loving Russ Warner. This photo
was taken between the 1965 Mr. America and the '66 Universe contest
in the winter off-season when I had bulked up to 250 pounds through
powertraining. It was a black and white photo which later appeared
as a colorized cover of Joe Weider's Muscle Power Magazine.
It's interesting to note how each photographer has his or her own
way of capturing their subject. Artie Zeller looks for the body
in the action of a workout, Mike Neveux surrounds the body with
excitement, while Russ Warner masters studio photography with stark
lighting and no background. My wife Laree photographs the bodybuilder
with particular attention toward facial expression and mood. The
"Get Serious" poster
shot was also taken by her and inspired several of our projects.
also the gatherer of these old photos - if you've got any of this
old stuff archived, drop her
an email so we can share it with others.