Dates of Operation: 1967 to present
Location: New York
City (1967 - 1971), Los Angeles, CA (1971 - 2003), San Francisco, CA (2003
Known Affiliations : Jim
French (Rip Colt, Lüger), Lou Thomas, John Rutherford, Kristofer Weston
Associated Brands : Buckshot
Productions, State Of Man Productions
New York City - 1967
Illustrator / Graphic Designer
Jim French (aka: Rip Colt, Lüger, Colt) and Lou
Thomas (aka: Jon
join to form Colt Studio. Together they market their photography, illustrations
and produce a line of publications; Manpower! and Gallery.
State of Man Productions is also introduced at this time. They also start to
produce 8mm Film Loops which are marketed under the Colt Studio name. After 4+
years, French and Thomas part ways. Thomas remaining in New York to start Target
Studios, French moving to Southern California.
Angeles - 1972
Jim French and his Colt Studio
relocate to Southern California, and exptend the studio offerings. Beside the
expansion of the Publications, Photography and Films offered; introduces the
additional brand of Buckshot to handle the emergence of the video
Francisco - 2003
Colt Studio is sold to John
Rutherford, formerly of Falcon Studios. The studio relocates to San Francisco.
" The quest of the company remains as it was from the beginning:
To present the most outstanding examples of masculinity to be found, to do it
with the best photography, videography and reproduction possible and to service
our very special mail order and online customers with efficiency and honesty.
Tough goals we're constantly striving to maintain - and we've been doing it successfully,
for a long time. Here's to what was, what is and what is to be... One word says
it all – COLT. " John
Rutherford - Nov 2003
Here is our overview of the various publications produced
by Colt Studio. For a more detailed listing of Publications and Photosets,
please got to our LISTINGS Section.
Produced between 1969 to c1974
8 known volumes produced. All except #1 were Standard Sized (8.5" x 11");
#1 was produced "Digest Size" ( 5.5" x 8.5"). These were
themed issues, and the men are generally not identified. New
York City contact address.
Produced between c1972 to 1977.
16 known produced in total (Vol. 15 is two parts, A & B). All were produced
in "Digest Size", and focus on the Cover Man. New York City Address
Produced from 1972 to present.
15 issues printed to date. Many of the earlier editions have been reprinted with
some minor content change, and minor Cover Changes. All are Standard Sized. Issue
#1 (only) has New York City contact information, all others are California.
Produced from c1977 to present. 26 Volumes total.
Issues 1-6 are a "Large Digest Size" (6.75" x 9.75"). All
others "Standard Size".
Produced from 1975 to present.
40 volumes to date have been published. All are "Standard Size". Similar
to the Gallery Series, with a focus on 1 to 3 Men per issue.
COLT STUDIO PRESENTS
Produced from 1978 to present (?).
21 issues produced. All are "Standard Size". Themes vary.
Produced for the 25th Anniversary (1992) - 4 volumes; and 35th Anniversary (2002)
- 2 volumes. All are "Standard Size" and represent the best men and
moments of Colt Photographic history.
Produced late 1980's.
2 volumes produced . Both are "Standard Size"
BUCKSHOT VIDEO MAGAZINE
First Produced in 1986.
4 volumes produced. All are "Standard Size"
OTHER STUDIO PUBLICATIONS
A variety of "Best Of" collections for both the "Colt Men" series
and for the Calendar Collections.
First known Calendar was produced in 1977.
1981 saw the introduction of the "Leather Calendar" with a host of
other Calendars of varying themes being introduced over the years.
For a more comprehensive listing of Colt Publications
and Photosets, go to the LISTINGS section of this site. There you will find
a more information on Colt Publications and Photosets. CLICK
HERE to go to the listings section.
THE ART BOOKS OF JIM FRENCH
The photography of Jim French has been published in at least 7 editions.
Produced by State
of Man Publishing.
COLT: THE MEN. THE MYTH. THE MUSCLE.
Released by Specialty Publications.
This is an excellent 128 page overview of the first 36 years of Colt Studio.
For those wanting to know more about Colt history, Jim French gives the history
in his own words. John Rutherford speaks about the future of Colt Studio. Includes
hundreds of photos of Colt Men with commentary.
HERE to find out more or purchase.
From the Seventies thru the early Eighties, Colt photography had been published
in a variety of the Gay Monthlies and a variety of other publications.
Since it's beginning, Colt Studio has produced Photography for sale. From 35mm
Slides, 5" x 7" Color and Black & White Prints, to the larger formats
introduced in 2001.
Large Format Posters.
Originally 24" x 30" in size, later produced in a 16" x 24" size.
OTHER GADGETS AND DOO-DADS
From the early 80's, realizing that a "Brand" has been developed...
a whole host of additional items have been for sale. Ranging from Watches, Key
Chains, Belt Buckles, T-Shirts, Caps & Hats, Magnets, Puzzle Cards, Mouse
Pads, Greeting & Notecards. These items are not included
in our listings.
Sinclair not included.
For a more comprehensive listing of Colt Publications and Photosets,
go to the LISTINGS section of this site. There you will find a more information
on Colt Publications and Photosets. CLICK
HERE to go to the listings section.
Over 700 men (according to our Database) have posed in front of the cameras of
Colt Studio. Click on the image above or CLICK
HERE to go to the Colt Men List.
CLICK HERE (or the image above) to go to our lists of Colt on Film (8mm &
Super 8), Video (VHS & Beta) and DVD.
COLT STUDIO WEB SITE: www.COLTstudio.com
Since the Mid-Nineties, Colt Studio
has maintained a website with extensive Galleries and On-Line Shopping. The
mail order Department has generally been excellent for ordering on-line.
listings and this page show items that may not be currently available
from Colt Studio and other retailers. Please check with the Colt
Studio website on availability before making a Phone or Fax Order.
Beside buying directly from
COLT, we recommend using BuyGay.com. They offer most of the currently
available Colt Studio merchandise, run a very good service, and are
really nice people to deal with.
COLT STUDIO available at: BuyGay.com
For those items no longer
available, check our listings section for resellers and the auction
market. Good Luck, and happy hunting.