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Speeding: The Old Reliable Photos of David Hurles Hardcover – Nov 18 2005

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Rex lives in San Francisco, CA.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
For Fans of Vintage Male Erotica July 25 2011
By J. Lewis - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
David Hurles photos collected here may one day be viewed as the last great expression of homoerotic Rough Trade in America. Situated mostly in the 1970s through 80s, these photos represent the author's and others' fascination with the world of hard-edged, hard-bodied working class and mostly -- though not exclusively -- white men on the fringes of society. The harsh realities of these men's lives can been seen in the details of these pictures: prison-made tattoos, young men with prematurely aged faces, bodies whose lean hardness was produced by hard physical work rather than by working out.

This now lost world of hard-edged same-sex male eroticism and sociability was swept away by a New World of "gay" men in which picture-perfect air-brushed Abercrombie and Fitch chiseled physiques are the standard of male beauty, female-identified "gay" men take characters from chick-flics like "Desperate Housewives" and "Sex in the City" as their as their role-models, and in which the professional white upper-middle classes who hi-jacked direction of activism around issues of same-sex desire quashed post-Stone Wall radical sexual politics in favor of "gay" marriage. The kinds of men photographed here would probably have the cops called on them by patrons of the Castro in San Francisco, Chelsea in New York or any other chic "gay" district in any big American city were they to think about frequenting such places today; which of course they would not. Hurles photos will remain as a testament and homage to a vanished world of same-sex male eroticism whose echoes are the parodies of masculinity and virility found in various fetish-scenes in the contemporary Brave New World of "gay" male culture. They are an invaluable historical document.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Trip down memory lane March 16 2006
By J. Christensen - Published on
Format: Paperback
No pretty boys here! I had seen Hurles' photos for years, often not knowing anything about them. It was fun to learn the history and some of the names behind those photos I remember so well. My only complaints are that the essays are just a little too short and a tad on the fluff side and that the photos are printed in black and white instead of color.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
nude photos of rough guys Jan. 3 2013
By AlexsDad - Published on
Format: Paperback
From what I have read, Old Reliable Studios took photos of naked guys, who lived hard lives and were sort of down on their luck. This book contains pictures of those men. To me the pictures are more blunt, in your face. Some of the guys are flipping the middle finger as their bare their balls to the camera. There are no twinks in this bunch. The photos capture the men as they are - no coyness in the photos at all. Erections are displayed unapologetically. They look like guys who needed the money for dropping their drawers.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Old Reliable Photos...Rough Trade Jan. 9 2007
By Dave46052 - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Not the best coffee table book I've seen, but worth having at the right price. It's a photo history of "rough trade" going back to the '70's, of men found on the street or in bars of San Francisco and Los Angeles willing to pose nude for David Hurles. It contains some interesting characters and some hot men.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If you like it rough: An introduction to David Hurles' photography Aug. 20 2010
By GENGOROHFAN - Published on
Format: Paperback
The photos and accompanying essays by Rex (himself an icon) are an introduction to the vast body of work of David Hurles' Old Reliable. Streetwise, tatooed models such as Tico Peterson, Spider, Champ,Springer, Rod Garetto and the self proclaimed "Miracle man" (whose scraggly beard look best represents the quintessential unruliness of Hurles' models) are showcased in their prime. Unfortunately, the printing quality isn't good and the pictures seem faded at times. If you can get them, the original and now collectible Old Reliable printed video and audio catalogues (with the tongue-in-cheek comments and out-of-context quotes) are indeed the best showpieces of David Hurles' photography and unique examples of gay americana.