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             sexual adventurer, and, most of all, for Jack the journalist. He ranged far
             beyond Drummer. Drummer did not define him. He defined Drummer.

             David Hurles is the legendary photographer and video artist Old Reli-
             able famous for his trademark street hustlers and ex-cons. In Washing-
             ton, DC, he began his photographic career with Guild Press in whose
             defense he testified as both model and photographer in one of the most
             important obscenity trials of the 1960s. In the post-Stonewall migrations,
             he moved his low-rent atelier to San Francisco’s Tenderloin where like
             a bohemian painter he cast his romantic manwhores from the streets,
             the Zee Hotel, and the Old Crow bar. Starting up one of the first gay
             mail-order companies in 1971, he created a niche for his photographs
             and erotic audiotapes of verbal abuse by rough trade. In 1976 when he
             met Jack Fritscher, he was filming in the difficult Super-8 format used by
             his mentor and longtime friend Bob Mizer of Athletic Model Guild. His
             homomasculine photographs frightened gay magazine publishers whose
             rude dismissals caused him to retreat until Fritscher persuaded him that
             Drummer needed him. With photos published as Old Reliable in Drum-
             mer 20 (January 1978), he was introduced in “Prison Blues” in Drummer
             21 (March 1978) as an artist — whose personality provided the basis for
             the fictitious pornographer who steals the show in Fritscher’s Some Dance
             to Remember: A Memoir-Novel of San Francisco 1970-1982. He also shot
             many covers and centerfolds for Man2Man Quarterly (1980-1982). Old
             Reliable, collected by Robert Mapplethorpe and Sam Wagstaff, is a sin-

              “David Hurles (Old Reliable),” Fritscher-Hemry House, 1981. Photograph by Jack
              Fritscher. ©Jack Fritscher

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