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A gelatin silver print on glossy stock, showing a Belgian bodybuilder with an impressive lats-to-waist ratio. A pencilled inscription verso identifies him as Roger Navaro / 5eme plus bel athlète de Belgique / 1951 [Roger Navaro / Belgium’s 5th finest athlete / 1951].

Photographed by Studio Arax of 31, boulevard Raspail, Paris, identified verso by the studio’s wetstamp. A bodybuilder himself, Arax produced beautifully lighted, classic studies of handsome athletes and bodybuilders, from the 1930’s to the late 1950’s.

The print, including a narrow white border, measures 5” by 7” (127 mm by 177 mm).

condition: Near mint.
price:  £275
code: mn014
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