"This is Mike Arlen, the unique British photographer of male nudes, whose industrious life started as a child because an amazing mother treated him as an adult from an early age. Between 12 and 18 he acted in hundreds of radio plays and stage productions. Being an avid reader of personality profiles on the celebrities of the day he felt at 15 he could write them as well and his adult actor friends at the BBC taught him how he could bluff his way in to interview celebrities. Conversationally he sounded at least double his age and his features started appearing in SHE magazine and Woman's Own.
Mike didn't care if his models were straight, gay or bisexual and made a point of getting to know what they wanted to do in future. Taschen Publishing now have an impressive large and heavy coffee table excitement called the Big Penis Book in which the Arlen pictures stimulate 25 pages. He is the only British photographer in it and lovers of the subject get the best deal through Amazon. The New York magazine INCHES has been running Arlen spreads for years and last year the May edition is worth tracking down for Hardy Cybulski, June has David Doyle and the August issue features Ray Spring undressing from policeman uniform. Mike says he won't go into video as he doesn't believe in starting anything he won't stay with for at least 10 years. Right now he is working on other career plans and only stays with male nudes as he knows it wouldn't please many people if he stops. Studying his magazines in print, volumes 8 to15 of Mike Arlen's Guys, that have at least 20 stunning sights in each edition, plus MANPOWER, his clients quickly learn they can also have sets of ten 5 by 7 inch colour prints on favourite guys at their even more revealing best."