David Hurles (aka Old Reliable), a longtime friend of AMG, needs your help. Last October, David suffered a massive stroke, rendering him unable to speak, eat, or even breath on his own. He has improved greatly since, but is still unable live independently. To contribute to David’s recovery, and maintain his archives, a group of David’s friends have established the Old Reliable Fund â€“ a blog, where you can donate to David’s recovery, and keep track of his progress, and an online store, where you can buy original vintage fiber prints of such Old Reliable (and AMG) favorites as Tico Patterson, Powerful Pierre, Little Phil and big Mike Adams.
Old Reliable and AMG shared many a model in the early days of hardcore pornography. While Bob Mizer always claimed to be an artists, not a pornographer, David considered himself the exact opposite. However, today, as we look back on the history of the gay community, David’s photographs of California’s street trade take on an entirely new importance. They trace the underground world of the gay sex trade through the Stonewall riots, the sexual revolution, the AIDs epidemic, and finally the birth of the digital age. Whether he likes it or not, David’s work is now far more than mere pornography. So make your way over to the Old Reliable Store, and get your hands on a piece of historical rough trade.