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Photographing Mr. Nude

Photographing Mr. Nude

July 13, 1980: Photographers capture images as Jerry Kinley competes in the Mr. Nude International-USA competition. Kinley was chosen as second runner-up. Bill Marino won the contest held at Treehouse Fun Ranch near San Bernardino.

Former Los Angeles Times photographer Ken Hively and writer Steve Harvey covered the competition. Steve Harvey wrote, “About 200 people attended the judging, which was clothing-optional¬†— a good thing for media types who had to pin their press ribbons on something.”

Ken Hively recently added some background on this image.

“I spent the day with writer Steve Harvey,” Hively writes. ” Both of us were just about the only ones with our clothes on. Hundreds were looking at us funny.”

Hively adds, “Working at a family newspaper, and it being my first year or two, I was a bit green and worried how I was going to illustrate the Mr. Nude International.

“I photographed the whole time from the waist up, and as we were walking away, still looking for the ‘One Shot,’ I turned around and saw what turned out to be ‘The Shot’ that was used in the paper. An assistant was holding a flash over the subject’s private parts while a photographer photographed him on stage,” Hively writes.

Hively describes his early days at the Los Angeles Times as “the great black-and-white years. My all-time favorite photo from those years has to be ‘Mr. Nude.’ “

“Mr. Nude” was published the next day on the Metro section front, along with the story by Steve Harvey. Ken Hively worked at the Los Angeles Times until 2009.

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