The Faces of Muscle Beach

Finding community amid the competition

After shooting a summertime bodybuilding competition at Muscle Beach, photographer Joe Pugliese concluded that such events are about more than brawn. “It felt like a community where people look after one another rather than a fierce competition, which makes sense because it has survived every new fad that has come through Venice.”

Photo by Joe Pugliese

Photo by Joe Pugliese

Photo by Joe Pugliese

Photo by Joe Pugliese

Photo by Joe Pugliese

Photo by Joe Pugliese

Photo by Joe Pugliese

Photo by Joe Pugliese

Photo by Joe Pugliese

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