Friday, June 11, 2010

Playgirl's Men of Summer: July 1976's Ron Yarbrough

Two of the great things about 1970's and early 1980's Playgirl magazine photo spreads was that they often; 1) presented their models in natural surroundings, and; 2) these guys were looking more "real" than "perfect" and staged.   As listed below, the July 1976 issue included articles and features that represented the magazine's target audience for that era (trying to be a lightweight female version of Playboy including serious reporting along with the sexy male nudes) of the magazine's diverse history:

TELL HIM WHAT YOU WANT by Myron Brenton, THE CONSPIRACY TO KILL THE ERA by Jane Dedman, FEMINIST CANDIDATE JIMMY CARTER by Patrick Anderson, CONFESSIONS OF A ONE-NIGHT STAND by Lawrence E. Edwards, THE PENTAGON CLUB PAPERS by Craig Karp, CANDY JONES: HYPNOTIZED BY THE CIA, PART II by Donald Bain, and on page 70, THE DANGERS OF SEX HORMONES by Barbara Seaman.

Nude men included: PLAYGIRL'S DISCOVERY— NEIL FARRELL by Bob Seidemann, PLAYGIRL'S MAN FOR JULY— RON YARBROUGH by Nobert Jobst, and HOROSCOPE — PIERRE ASSELIN by David Meyer. 

As already noted in a previous post (with photos) Ron would go on to grace the cover of 1983's Playgirl's Men of Summer issue as well.  Depending on the source, Ron's exotic photo shoot either took place in Hawaii or the Bahamas.  Of Playgirl's early staff photographers (Nobert Jobst, David Meyer, Pat Dallas, and Allison Morley), Nobert's gift and distinct style of capturing images that seem natural, erotic, and unplanned is regarded as unmatched even today.

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