Eye on the Guy: Alan B. Stone and the Age of Beefcake

2006 | Body Image / Documentary / Media Studies / Photography / Pop Culture / Representation / Sexuality / Social Issues | 49m | Canada
Directors: Philip Lewis, Jean-Francois Monette

Alan B. Stone: astute businessman, quiet suburbanite, and master of the homoerotic pin-up. Eye on the Guy: Alan B. Stone & the Age of Beefcake explores the little-known world of Montreal’s physique photography scene, a distinct gay subculture that emerged in the 1950s and 1960s, through the life and work of one of its most creative figures.

Operating under the social radar of post-war Canada, Stone produced thousands of images of men; from Montreal bodybuilders to Pacific coast fishermen, from rodeo cowboys to the construction workers who built Expo 67.

Like his American contemporary, physique photographer Bob Mizer, Alan B. Stone was a cultural pioneer. Before the first wave of gay liberation, and long before Calvin Klein’s poster boys marched into public view, Stone was taking hundreds of erotic photos of men and running an international mail-order business from his Montreal basement. Philip Lewis and Jean-Francois Monette’s documentary is a fascinating and fitting tribute to Alan B. Stone, pioneer of beefcake photography.

Reviews and Awards

“Eye on the Guy is an interesting documentary that shows an introduction to the physique magazine development, the hidden gay expression of sexuality during that time, and the art in Stone’s photography.”—Cindy Badilla-Melendez, Media Resources Librarian, University of St. Thomas, MN, for EMRO (Educational Media Reviews Online)