(guest model- dare williams)

it's not too late to make your reservations for the KINKY CAMERA CLUB- the only camera club like it in LA.


keeping in the tradition of irving klaw, (who used bettie page as a model),
antebellum is proud to recreate the camera club of the 1950s!

hosted by

guest model~ DARE WILLIAMS

$65 advance reservation
$75 @ the door

join us

open to photographers of all levels- from beginner to hobbyist to pro.

1643 n las palmas ave
hollywood, ca 90028
323 856-0667


i like chocolate, but i'm sorry... this cake looks awful! i found it on a german friend's website. i won't say who as to not embarrass them any further. that mushy green mint filling looks like instant diabetes.


look at this hot mummy!


having tea with my neighbors @ cavern- owned by angeline rivas & adam tullie, they have great t-shirts!




( “In The Belly of Nature (self-portrait)” 1923 by rudolph koppitz, Austrian, 1884-1936)

how obscure can you get?
my cyber friend- Doudaï Basch Hartwig, recently informed me that classic photographer Rudolph Koppitz, was Edward Hartwig's teacher in Vienna. edward is Doudaï's uncle.

Doudaï writes to me-
The world is a small place indeed.
You know that Hoiningen-Huene is Peter Berlin's uncle, .. like Koppirz was my uncle's teacher.
It can't really say, why I cannot get a kick (judgement of individual subjective taste) at all out of Ritts' work - compared to Hoiningen-Huene for instance.

within this context Doudaï goes on to compare Rudolph Koppitz to herb ritts

Doudaï explains that Koppitz's doctrine was (and Hartwig followed him) that a photo should be a one-picture film. A photo should evoke a story, a silent film in our mind, and music that goes with it.
That's not at all the case with Ritt's pictures. The word that comes to my mind is: isolation, reduction, ... when I look at them.
It's not about the 'meaning' of pictures. It's about their ability to evoke a context. And for this, they have to be 'open'.
Ritts pictures seem 'closed," says Doudaï.

(tony ward by herb ritts- 1987)

Doudaï Basch Hartwig is writing an essay on present day american model~ Anthony Borden Ward and his connection to 19th-century German philosopher~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche?!

this should be REALLY good.

( portrait of tony ward by kelly casto, (no relation) circa 2008)

(portrait of friedrich nietzsche- circa 1880)

i added my six degrees of separation- "hello Doudaï very interesting info..... thanks for the connection. to add to this,
yes i did know peter berlin was related to hoiningen-huene. i have known peter since 1986 and i photographed him in 1988.
i am the only living person to do so, the other's were mapplethorpe & warhol.

(peter berlin by peter berlin- circa 1972)

i used to work for herb ritts on a regular basis throughout the 80s, i worked will him when he was just starting out. i introduced tony ward to herb ritts in 1986... and the rest is - HIS-STORY."

(tony ward as "queerelle by rick castro- 1986)


in honor of MLK we remeber-emmett till
Emmett Louis "Bobo" Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was an African American boy from Chicago, Illinois, who was murdered at the age of 14 in Money, Mississippi, a small town in the state's Delta region, after reportedly whistling at a white woman. The murder of Emmett Till was noted as one of the leading events that motivated the American Civil Rights Movement.
The main suspects were acquitted, but later admitted to the murder.
Till's mother insisted on a public funeral service, with an open casket so as to show the world the brutality of the killing.
Till had been beaten and an eye gouged out, before he was shot through the head and thrown into the Tallahatchie River with a 70-pound cotton gin fan tied to his body with barbed wire. His body was in the river for three days before it was discovered and retrieved by two fishermen.
Till was buried in Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois. The murder case was officially reopened in May 2004 as part of the investigation, the body was exhumed in order to perform an autopsy. The body was reburied in a new casket, which is standard practice in cases of body exhumation, by the family in the same location later that week. In July 2009, while his gravesite appeared undisturbed, his original casket, in which his battered body was famously displayed years earlier, was found rusting in a run-down shack on the cemetery grounds. Till's family has since donated the original casket to the Smithsonian Institution.



in honor of MLK day here is info about- Bayard Rustin, (March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987) was an American civil rights activist, important largely behind the scenes in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and earlier, and the main organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.] He counseled Martin Luther King, Jr. on the techniques of nonviolent resistance. He became an advocate on behalf of gay and lesbian causes in the latter part of his career; however, his homosexuality was the reason for attacks from many governmental as well as interest groups.

in 1986 he said-
"The New Niggers Are Gays,"
Today, blacks are no longer the litmus paper or the barometer of social change. Blacks are in every segment of society and there are laws that help to protect them from racial discrimination. The new "niggers" are gays. . . . It is in this sense that gay people are the new barometer for social change. . . . The question of social change should be framed with the most vulnerable group in mind: gay people.


courtesy- francois rousseau




this is supposedly a recent video of rose petra, star of PRELUDE TO HAPPINESS, one of my fave films screened @ the
FETISH FILM FESTIVAL. at the time of the screening,(april 10th, 2009) i didn't know how to find rose. she did in fact contact me after the screening and asked me to sell the original signed movie poster. it's a cult classic. anyone interested?
if so contact- antebellum@earthlink.net

( rose petra @ the pool party scene from prelude to happiness, 1975)

( trailer- prelude to happiness, 1975)

(this was our little announcement for the screening back in april, 2009)


just in the new issue of MARY literary zine. antebellum loves her.

mary is the brainchild of William Johnson.
“Mary,” is a quarterly literary magazine. “Our mission is to showcase Queer/Gay writings of artistic merit,” “We want the children to read literature, not each other,” says johnson. Based out of DUMBO, Johnson’s goal is that “Mary” capture and examine “queer moments.”