Bobby Hansson is an artist, musician, biker, sculptor, photographer, furniture maker, veteran dumpster diver, recycler, author, and (legend has it) stunt man and bodyguard for a team of female wrestlers too. He knew Anais Nin and worked with Nin’s husband, Hugo, on art film projects, and worked extensively with artist Jose de Creeft on documentary films and photos.
And, in the 1970s and 1980s, he was also a photographer for several men’s magazines in New York – taking pictures of many of the adult film stars and events that took place. He was a regular on the scene, dated Annie Sprinkle, and married Dian Hanson (who ended up keeping his name).
Hansson is a wild and wooly character; an intensely creative man, he is highly intelligent and educated – and though he constantly re-invented himself, he had had a long, successful career photographing art.
In recent years, Bobby has experienced health issues and is now living in a nursing home in New York.
A few weeks ago, The Rialto Report was contacted by his family offering us his photographs from the adult film years. At the bottom of one of the boxes, we found photo proofs relating to three adult industry events from the early 1980s: the New York premiere of Gary Graver’s ‘Coed Fever’ (1980), the New York premiere of Anthony Spinelli’s ‘High School Memories’ in 1981, and a film awards evening from 1983. Though the pictures are damaged and low quality, they show a unique side of the industry at the time.
We’re pleased to present a selection of these previously unseen photos below.