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                                Durk Parker

                 Ghost-edited and produced with captions written April,
                 15, 1977, this centerfold photo spread was published in
                 Drummer 15, May 1977.
                 I. Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction
                    written July 29, 2007
                 II. The centerfold text and photograph as published in
                    Drummer 15, May 1977
                 III. Eyewitness Illustrations

             I.  Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction written
                July 29, 2007

             In a kind of synergistic trifecta when I first began ghost-editing Drummer,
             I scooped up 1) my friend Lou Thomas’ photographs of 2) model “Durk
             Parker” aka Durk Dehner whose leather style and sultry look channeled 3)
             pure Tom of Finland. Eight years before Drummer debuted, photographer
             Lou Thomas had started up Colt Studio (1967) with Jim French (aka Rip
             Colt) who bought him out and moved Colt from Manhattan to Los Ange-
             les. It was a separation of geography, and a separation of erotic vision: Jim
             French photographed muscle gods who showed up on the sunny beaches
             of the West Coast; Lou Thomas shot leathermen who inhabited the dark
             leather bars in New York.
                With the split in 1971, Lou Thomas invented his own Target Studio
             with Bob Lewis and operated Target for thirteen of the first fifteen years
             after Stonewall.
                Like the neo-Californian Jim French and like the European Tom of
             Finland, the Lebanese-American Lou Thomas was formative in creating
             the 1970s Platonic Ideal of the emerging identity of the international
             homomasculine man whose archetypal symbol is DaVinci’s strong Vitru-
             vian Man. Michelangelo’s louche David is the symbol of the effeminate
             gay male.
                Carousing in Manhattan, Lou Thomas and I became longtime
             friends in 1968, and his seminal Target photography appeared on the
             covers of Drummer 13, Drummer 14, and Drummer 23.

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