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Introduction
2.01   Sculpture and the nude
The female nude
2.02   The female nude
2.03   Oil paintings by Gustave Courbet based upon photographs
2.04   Académies and the use of artist studies of nudes to assist artists
2.05   Studie - Etude and the avoidance of obscenity charges
2.06   Artistic studies of nude women
2.07   Early female nude studies
2.08   Auguste Belloc: Nudes
2.09   Eugène Durieu: Artist studies - Académies
2.10   Erotica: Comment me preferez vous? [How would you like to see me?]
2.11   Pictorialism, the nude and erotica
2.12   Rudolf Koppitz: Nude studies
2.13   G.L. Arlaud: Vingt Études de Nu en Plein Air (1920)
2.14   Walery: Nus - Cent photographies originales de Laryew (ca. 1924)
2.15   Alfred Cheney Johnston: Nudes
2.16   Man Ray: 1929
2.17   Strand Studios: Glamour portraits
2.18   Frantisek Drtikol: Nudes
2.19   Ruth Bernhard: Nudes
2.20   Edward Weston: Nudes
2.21   Brett Weston: Underwater nudes
2.22   Different approaches to the female nude
2.23   Shadow patterns on nudes
2.24   Body stockings
The male nude
2.25   The male nude
2.26   Artistic studies of nude men
2.27   Strong men
2.28   Studies of naked men
Erotica
2.29   Gelatin silver prints: Erotica
Fetishism
2.30   Count Theodore Zichy: The fetishism of legs and feet
Ethnographic nudity
2.31   Ethnographic nudity
Voyeurism
2.32   Voyeurism
Obscenity and pornography
2.33   Pornography
2.34   Obscenity
This theme includes example sections and will be revised and added to as we proceed. Suggestions for additions, improvements and the correction of factual errors are always appreciated. 
  
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Introduction 
  
2.01   Erotica and nudes >  Sculpture and the nude 
  
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Nude photography and erotica are filled with contradictions. From Classical times the nude was a well accepted form in sculpture and painting and the erotic wall paintings at Pompeii and Herculaneum attest to that.[1] The nude during the Renaissance was a common theme and because of this it became accepted in Salon painting where it was acceptable to show mythological or historical scene with nudity but the showing of nudes in contemporary settings was not. The outcry over Manet's "The Luncheon on the Grass" (Le déjeuner sur l'herbe) (1862-1863) shown at the Salon des Refusés (1863) "Olympia" (1863) exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1865 was the combination of undressed women in the paintings along with dressed characters - the women looking directly at the viewer were seen at confrontational and there was a critical outcry.
 
The least controversial approach to nudity for photography was sculpture - after all if the Classical nude was already accepted within art who could object to images of those sculptures? The superb daguerreotype by Southworth & Hawes of the The Greek Slave, by Hiram Powers (1848)[2] can be used as a case study in differing views to nudity in the nineteenth century.[3]  
  
Southworth & Hawes: The Greek Slave, by Hiram Powers (1848) 
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Carved in 1844 by American neoclassical sculptor Hiram Powers (1805-1873) "The Greek Slave" was a political statement about Greece under the Ottoman empire, a scandalous attack on decency and a Christian statement on purity and chastity. The viewing of the artwork was then, as it is now, dependent on the perspective of the viewer. The difficulty with a photograph is that it one step removed from the original sculpture and the gallery context so how would a daguerreotype showing nudity be critically viewed at who by? Would a photograph of a statue be viewed differently than a photograph of a nude woman? Nineteenth century records leave us little to go on to understand the differing perspectives.
 
Addressing stories from the Classical period such as "The Rape of the Sabine Women" which occurs in the writings of Livy and Plutarch is even more problematic. Here not only nudity is shown but the violation of the female form at its most brutal. Episodes from the story have been addressed in numerous paintings including by Johann Heinrich Schönfeld, Nicolas Poussin, Peter Paul Rubens and Jacques-Louis David. In marble the sculpture by Giambologna of "The Rape of the Sabine Women" with two men and a raised women is a dynamic representation of the event. The fact that such an event was worthy of representation by male artists is outside of this discussion but how was a photograph of the sculpture viewed?  
  
Fratelli Alinari: Firenze, Il Ratto della Sabina (Giovanni Bologna) (ca. 1870) 
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The statue by Giambologna was completed between 1574 and 1582 and it was mounted in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence. Around 300 years later Fratelli Alinari, who were one of the leading Italian photographic companies and also based in Florence, photographed the statue.[4] They took the photograph in around 1870 when it would have been a site on the Grand Tour - the image would be useful to artists and those interested in art and at the same time a travel souvenir. Obviously a photograph is not a three dimensional form and therefore the photographer has made a conscious choice from 360 degrees of possibility on what to concentrate on and it is in this photograph the anguish of the women. An earlier photograph of a statuette of this work was taken between 1840 and 1844 by Henry Fox Talbot.[5] It is interesting to note that he selected a viewpoint that did not show the woman's face.
 
If the issues portraying nudity in photographs of statues is complex we can see how an depiction using life models would be more so. 
  
The female nude 
  
2.02   Erotica and nudes >  The female nude 
  
Daguerreotypes of naked women were almost entirely taken in France between the 1840's and the 1850's and were often claimed to be for the purposes of artists models. The French painter Eugéne Delacroix (1798-1863) knew of Daguerreotype studies of the male nude taken by the artist Jules-Claude Ziégler in about 1850 and by 1853 he obtained photographic prints taken by Eugène Durieu (1800-1874). He used these studies as the basis for a series of sketches. Not surprisingly following the advent of the camera painting changed in France and in the 1850's there was a movement towards a new Realism with painters such as Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) using photographs of female nudes by Julien Vallou de Villeneuve (1795-1866) as the basis for paintings such as L'Atelier (1853) and Les Baigneuses (1853).
 
Many other influential artists including Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) and Alphonse Marie Mucha (1860-1939)[6] used photographs as the basis for their designs. 
  
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2.03   Erotica and nudes >  Oil paintings by Gustave Courbet based upon photographs 
  
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Both of these oil paintings by Gustav Courbet are based upon known photographs by Julien Vallou de Villeneuve (1795-1866).
In Les Baigneuses (The Bathers) 1853 (The Musée Fabre, Montpellier) also used a Villeneuve print now in the Biblioteque Nationale (Paris).  
  
Gustave Courbet: Les Baigneuses / The Bathers (1853) 
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Julien Vallou de Villeneuve: Étude d'après nature, modèle pour Les Baigneuses 
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In L'Atelier (The Artist's Studio) 1855 (Musée d'Orsay) the woman partially concealed by the towel has been copied from a nude study by Villeneuve now in the Biblioteque Nationale (Paris).  
  
Gustave Courbet: L'Atelier / The Artist's Studio (1855) 
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Aaron Scharf's book Art and Photography (1969)[7] discusses these similarities and landscape paintings by Gustave Courbet that used photographs by Gustave Le Gray and Adolphe Braun
  
2.04   Erotica and nudes >  Académies and the use of artist studies of nudes to assist artists 
  
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The use of life models[8] has a long history in art with artists like Michelango, Leonardo da Vinci and the sculpture Donatello using them to understand figure, posture, gesture and movement. As artists have at times been seen as social outsiders with dubious morals their association with nudity was frowned upon and the models who would pose were often from the lower classes where eating took priority over modesty. This had the issue that the bodies of the poor were not generally well nourished or cared for and using them to study perfect form was not ideal.
 
The use of naked life models was frowned on by those who held that it was a corrupting practise and J.C. Horsley raised the issue at an 1885 Church Congress held at Portsmouth in England:
Now, it is an extraordinary fact, that from the day in the last century, when Porteus, Bishop of London, animadverted on the practice of having naked women to sit in Art Schools, until this moment, no one has specially called public attention to the principal evil connected with the subject. Commendable anxiety has often been shown for the morals of artists, and the avoidance of offence to frequenters of Art Exhibitions; but no thought or word of sympathy, as far as I have heard or read, has been publicly expressed for that poor creature, the artists' model, through whose degradation these representations of nakedness are alone possible. To put the case plainly from a Christian point of view—if pictures or statues of naked women are to be executed, living naked women must be employed as models. But where is the justification in God's sight for those who induce women so to ignore their natural modesty, and quench their sense of true shame, as to expose their nakedness before men and thus destroy all that is pure and lovely in their womanhood?[9]
There are references to life models in nineteenth century diaries and letters of artists such as those of Sir David Wilkie using both naked male and female models. [10] The novel Trilby by George du Maurier (1894) tells the tale of Trilby O'Ferrall an artist's model and laundress in Bohemian Paris.[11] Magazine articles[12] and advertisements for "Life Model" classes were published in the popular press.[13]
 
Over time the role of the artists model became accepted and there are contemporary accounts, such as one in the 1887 The Magazine of Art, that refer to this:
The position of the artists' model is improving every day. With the spread of art-knowledge and the increase of art-education the important and lofty part played by the model is gradually winning the appreciation that it deserves. There is no reason why the profession of a model should be less respectable than that of a dealer in pictures or artists' materials. It is part of the art-system and as such deserves respect. Without good models there is no good art possible, and every thinking artist must needs realize that it is his duty to assist in developing the idea of the model. It is not very long since it was difficult to procure models of any kind, even in New York, the great art-centre of the country. Today there are plenty of men and women who are not ashamed to be classed as professional models, and the progress made in recent years by some of our strongest young artists is partly due to the increased facilities for obtaining good human subjects.[14]
Photographers such as Gaudenzio Marconi, Louis Igout, Julien Vallou de Villeneuve, Eugène Durieu, Oscar Gustave Rejlander and Nadar all took portraits of the naked human form. 
  
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2.05   Erotica and nudes >  Studie - Etude and the avoidance of obscenity charges 
  
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There are blurred areas between nudity, art, eroticism, obscenity and pornography that are culturally-determined, have changed over time, are difficult to define within laws related to "public morals" and these smudged areas of desire, fascination and guilt are made even more challenging by our own fluctuating attitudes.[15] It is next to impossible to understand the mindsets of photographers and few leave diaries or accounts that provide any indications of how they felt. The surviving material tends to come from law cases and that is rarely a fair judge of the inner motivations of a person. Within nineteenth century there were photographers whose names are linked to Artist studies or Académies which were photographs to assist in drawing and painting where a life model was not available - Louis Igout, Eugène Durieu and Julien Vallou de Villeneuve did nude studies. The vast majority of nineteenth century nude studies were done in France by French photographers.
 
Many artists including Alphonse Marie Mucha[16], Thomas Eakins[17], Edgar Degas[18] and Georg Hendrik Breitner either took photographs of nudes to assist their work or purchased photographs.
 
To reduce the liklihood of brushes with the law photographers chose Classical poses and settings for their nudes - after all the nude had been revived as a subject for art in the Renaissance and could therefore not be obscene. The words "Etude", "Studie" or "Study" on the card mounts of carte de visite[19][20] and cabinet cards was used to associate the photograph with art rather than titillation. 
  
2.06   Erotica and nudes >  Artistic studies of nude women 
  
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2.07   Erotica and nudes >  Early female nude studies 
  
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France was the center for the production of nude photographs and distinction between photographs that were taken to further art and those designed for more dubious purposes was blurred. In the middle of the nineteenth century the French photographer Auguste Belloc had his negatives confiscated by the authorities and in 1851 Felix Jacques Antoine Moulin was sent to prison for a month.
 
The oil paintings of nude women and children that lined the walls of salons and galleries were accepted as art but photographs were not. Similar confusion over what is art and what is obscene continues today. 
  
2.08   Erotica and nudes >  Auguste Belloc: Nudes 
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Auguste Belloc (1800-1867) took remarkable stereo Daguerreotypes and albumen prints of nudes in Paris
  
2.09   Erotica and nudes >  Eugène Durieu: Artist studies - Académies 
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Eugène Durieu (1800-1874) was a French lawyer, artist and photographer credited with taking some of the first nude studies in the early 1850s. Many of his nude studies of both genders were posed for his friend the artist Eugène Delacroix.[21] The friendship between Delacroix and Durieu[22] was a creative collaboration as Gerry Badger has pointed out:
The evidence of letters and journals suggests that this was a partnership in the Hill/Adamson mould, Durieu providing the necessary technical expertise while Delacroix arranged the models’ poses and stamped his artistic authority upon the sessions, utilising nature’s ‘free design’ not so much to elevate but to enliven.[23]
 
  
2.10   Erotica and nudes >  Erotica: Comment me preferez vous? [How would you like to see me?] 
  
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This French album from around 1890 displays a sequence of 12 albumen prints of a woman disrobing. Each photograph is taken through a frame providing an implied link to art and in the final photograph of a naked woman a classical pose is assumed. The album was presumably for titillation rather than education but the links to artistic traditions would help avoid accusations of obscenity. 
  
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2.11   Erotica and nudes >  Pictorialism, the nude and erotica 
  
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2.12   Erotica and nudes >  Rudolf Koppitz: Nude studies 
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During the 1920s Austrian Pictorialist Rudolf Koppitz took his first nude studies with his preferred models being dancers. His "Movement Study" (Bewegungsstudie) of 1925, was used as an illustration inEncyclopædia Britannica as the most prominent example of "Art Photography".  
  
Rudolf Koppitz: Movement Study (Bewegungsstudie) with a variant 
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2.13   Erotica and nudes >  G.L. Arlaud: Vingt Études de Nu en Plein Air (1920) 
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Photographer G.L. Arlaud is remembered for a series of outdoor nude studies he took in the South of France that were printed as photogravures in Vingt Études de Nu en Plein Air (1920).[24] 
  
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2.14   Erotica and nudes >  Walery: Nus - Cent photographies originales de Laryew (ca. 1924) 
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Walery (1863-1935) was born Stanislaw Julian Ignacy and used a number of pseudonyms. In 1920s Paris he was a photographer of the rich and famous. During this period, using the pseudonym Laryew, he produced a portfolio of nudes (NUS) in Art Deco settings using the girls of the Follies Bergere nightclub as his models. 
  
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2.15   Erotica and nudes >  Alfred Cheney Johnston: Nudes 
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2.16   Erotica and nudes >  Man Ray: 1929 
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The book 1929 included poems by Benjamin Peret and Louis Aragon accompanied by erotic photographs by Man Ray.[25] 
  
2.17   Erotica and nudes >  Strand Studios: Glamour portraits 
  
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2.18   Erotica and nudes >  Frantisek Drtikol: Nudes 
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The photographs of Bohemian photographer Frantisek Drtikol (1993-1961) were included in two of his books Le nus de Drtikol (1929) and Zena ve Svetle (1930)[26] and his work has been well studied.[27] Active approximately from 1907 until 1935 his worked covered the transitions between Pictorialism, Modernism, and Art Deco. An exponent of the Czech avant-garde his female nudes embraced these changes with their geometric sets of stairs, cubes, balls and hoops with the posed bodies taking on symbolic, if not spiritual, poses. His later paintings would include elements of philosophical and Buddhist beliefs. 
  
2.19   Erotica and nudes >  Ruth Bernhard: Nudes 
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Ruth Bernhard was an advertising photographer before she moved to California. Her nude studies of women composed in her studio have a classical beauty.[28] 
  
2.20   Erotica and nudes >  Edward Weston: Nudes 
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Edward Weston is one of very few photographers who has left a partial, but highly detailed, set of diaries - the "daybooks" - that explain his fluctuating relationships and emotions.[29] His nudes include portraits of his lovers including photographer Tina Modotti>[30] and Charis Wilson who never seems to have been interested in taking photographs.  
  
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2.21   Erotica and nudes >  Brett Weston: Underwater nudes 
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2.22   Erotica and nudes >  Different approaches to the female nude 
  
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The naked form has been one of the dominant artistic themes since classical times. In painting and sculpture there can be the illusion of a separation between a real person and the work itself and this makes it more acceptable to polite society and allowed it access to the prudish salons of the nineteenth century. With photography there is no separation and it is, in most cases, a real person we are seeing and this raises artistic and moral questions. We find it difficult to ignore nagging fears about the exploitation of the participants even when they are willing and this is made all the more difficult when the motivations and morals of the photographer are unclear.
 
The examples selected highlight different sensitivities and approaches of the photographers. The unashamed full frontal pride in the body is the hallmark of Helmut Newton in this image which comes from his series "Big Nudes".[31] The wonderfully curved and rounded back shot taken by Edward Weston[32] looks more like a piece of fruit with all the symbolism that goes with that. The 1951 photograph by Bill Brandt[33] is masterful for the depth of field and context. Here we do not need to see the entire form and two legs are sufficient to give us a sense of mystery. What is hidden is often far more sensual than what is shown.
 
The vast scale of the public interest in the naked form is exemplified by the sales figures of magazines and of books that cater for this form of desire. When Kishin Shinoyama published the book Santa-Fe that contained "hair-nude" photographs of actress Rie Miyazawa it sold over a million copies.[34] 
  
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2.23   Erotica and nudes >  Shadow patterns on nudes 
  
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2.24   Erotica and nudes >  Body stockings 
  
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2.25   Erotica and nudes >  The male nude 
  
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Just as there are issues with the taking of female nudes by male photographers there are issues in the portrayal of men. Here it is difficult to separate out the beauty from the underlying messages of the homoeroticism.
 
One of the earliest, if not the earliest, naked self portrait was taken by the French pioneer Hippolyte Bayard (1801-1887). The Self Portrait as a Drowned Man is significant for multiple reasons, firstly it produced in 1840 using a paper process invented by the photographer, secondly it was created as a direct propaganda piece to highlight the unfairness of the decision of the French authorities to promote and financially support Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre but at the same time ignored Hippolyte Bayard
  
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2.26   Erotica and nudes >  Artistic studies of nude men 
  
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With the early male photographs of men they appear to be less ambiguous than those of women but this has to be a personal opinion. They do seem to be predominantly artist studies rather than erotic. 
  
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2.27   Erotica and nudes >  Strong men 
  
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Herb Ritts in his 1984 series Fred with Tires took a sequence of shots of a well muscled body moving tires around in an auto repair shop - here strength and independence are the messages. The image by Arthur Tress is rather more tame than some of his but the placing of naked animals together in a misty forest glade takes us back to a timeless Eden of innocence when anything is possible. Robert Mapplethorpe produced a wide variety of images from exquisite flowers to powerful portraits but it was his studies of the naked male form that shocked and provoked outrage at some of his exhibitions. The outrage was simplistic and was sometimes based on little more than the fact the images were of well formed naked black men - it would seem that naked women were acceptable but naked men, especially black, were not. There are difficult images here but they are not exploitative and they make us question our values and taboos. 
  
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2.28   Erotica and nudes >  Studies of naked men 
  
  • Alair de Oliveira Gomes (1921-1992) telephoto photographs of men on the beach.[35]
     
  • Minor White (1908-1976)
     
  • Herb Ritts (1952-2002)
     
  • Arthur Tress
     
  • Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989)
     
  • Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856-1931) born at Wismar in Germany moved to Italy and in the 1920's took a series of staged portraits of boys dressed in classical costumes that have a homo-erotic edge to them. Many of his glass plate negatives were destroyed by the Italian fascists as they were considered pornographic.
     
  • Vera Friederich - Whilst it is commonplace for a man to photograph naked woman it is more unusual the other way around.
 
  
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Erotica 
  
2.29   Erotica and nudes >  Gelatin silver prints: Erotica 
  
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2.30   Erotica and nudes >  Count Theodore Zichy: The fetishism of legs and feet 
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Ethnographic nudity 
  
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Motivations and desires can be difficult to determine without evidence and our preconceptions of exploitation of the subject are not necessarily correct.[36] If we understand the background of the photographer and how a photograph was taken, disseminated and the context within which it was displayed we have a partial framework, however incomplete, to place it. Blunt statements such as "all photographs are exploitative" or "photographs of ethnic nudity display a power relationship between the photographer and the subject within which the subject has little control" do not address the complex nuances. Ethnographic photography has at times been used to support theories of racial differences and Louis Agassiz (1807-1873)[37] was a proponent of that approach but it would be naive to say that all ethnographers have similar motivations.
 
The photographs anthropologist G.E. Dobson took of a photograph of the naked Maia Biala, the chief of Rutland Island and his wife whom was of a man he, and others, admired.[38]  
  
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With the anthropological photographs of Maurice Vidal Portman[39] the use of the scaled backgrounds required for scientific measurement removes ambiguity but doesn't get around ethnic exploitation.  
  
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Some photographs have the appearance of erotica or even pornography and the taboos associated with those in western society were partially reduced by the sense of the exotic. Other portraits were taken for sale to the tourist trade and the bare-breasted North African ladies in the Lehnert & Landrock[40] were exotic images in the Orientalist style where the motivation was presumably pecuniary.  
  
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Photographs change their meaning and usage over time and anthropologists purchased commercial photographs and postcards to construct racial typologies. 
  
Voyeurism 
  
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The use of hidden cameras within street photography has been well established by photographers such as Paul Martin[41] with his captured moments in British seaside towns and beaches or with the subway portraits of Walker Evans.[42] Erich Salomon[43] also used a hidden camera concealed in a briefcase with a hole for the lens to photograph a sensational murder trial.[44] These are well accepted within the history of photography even though there is concern about the lack of consent of those photographed. This can be justified to a certain extent by the knowledge that when a camera is present it changes the dynamic and some degree of posing will take place removing the naturalism of a scene.
 
When the photographer and those being photographed are of different genders or there is a disparity in age such as an older person photographing a young child our sensitivities become more acute and laws are increasingly being made and enforced to outlaw the activity. These laws are increasingly flouted as ever-smaller cameras are embedded into mobile devices and have become almost invisible.
 
So how should the work of photographers like Miroslav Tichý[45] be viewed?
 
Miroslav Tichý (1926-2011) was a Czech photographer with a somewhat eccentric style recording with homemade cameras the women of his home town of Kyjov. His use of strange cameras made out of cardboard tubes and old tin cans along with his poorly printed voyeuristic works has made him highly regarded by a certain section of the fine photography community. His work has been collected and preserved by a neighbour, Roman Buxbaum, and since 2004 has gained reputation through international exhibitions as a subversive rebellion against communist repression. The question of voyeurism still remains.
 
The same unease occurs with the voyeuristic surveillance-like night photographs of groping heterosexual and homosexual lovers in three Tokyo parks (Shinjuku, Yoyogi, and Aoyama) by Kohei Yoshiyuki. [46] The situation gets even worse with Ikko Kagari's books showing sexual molestation on the Japanese subway system.[47]
 
In 2013 photographer Arne Svenson had an exhibition at the Julie Saul Gallery in New York which showed his series Neighbors which used a telephoto lens to photograph the daily life of unaware participants in apartments opposite his own in Tribeca.[48] Whilst faces are not shown the series provoked an outcry for privacy from some of those viewed. Reading comments on the websites where these have been posted ranges from they are good art right through to voyeurism with all shades in-between. Legal judgements will do little to provide clear boundaries of what is "acceptable" within society. 
  
Obscenity and pornography 
  
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The definition of what is a pornographic image is subjective and I well remember the protests that were made over the exhibitions of Robert Mapplethorpe's extraordinarily powerful images. The purpose of this site is not to provide titillating images but to encourage a deeper understanding of what makes a truly memorable image. 
  
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The British Journal of Photography, October 24, 1879, p.514.
Offensive Photographs. At the Marylebone Police Court, on Wednesday last, the 22nd hist., Alfred Paul de Witt, 32, photographer, of 103, St. John's-wood-terrace, was brought up on a warrant by Chief Inspector Shore, of Scotland-yard, and charged with unlawfully, wickedly, and maliciously uttering and selling certain obscene, wicked, and scandalous prints and photographs. Mr. Collette prosecuted for the Society for the Suppression of Vice, Mr. S. B. Abrahams defending. Mr. Collette, in opening the case, said the prisoner was a photographer, and, besides carrying on a legitimate business, it was notorious that he received women from all parts of London, whom he photographed, and he also reproduced photographic pictures from negatives sent to him for the purpose. This case originated under a warrant under Lord Campbell's Act, and a warrant was also obtained to take the prisoner's body under the ordinary criminal law. St. Ledger Lousada, an officer of the Criminal Investigation Department at Scotland-yard, said he received instructions from Chief Inspector Shore, and also from Mr. Collette, and then proceeded to No. 103, St. John's-wood-terrace, on the 13th instant. He there saw the prisoner and stated his wish to have his photograph taken. The light being indifferent it was postponed until the following day, when he went again and sat for his portrait. He asked the prisoner if he had any photographs of women taken a la mode, and he said he had a few negatives, but he seldom kept them, generally destroying them after he had taken them. Witness said he should like to see them, and the prisoner showed him the negative (produced). Witness ordered some copies from that and other negatives that the prisoner showed him, and also purchased a photograph and then left, the prisoner telling him the others would be ready by the Friday. He called on that day, and the prisoner told him he would have to reprint them, as he had met with an accident with them. Witness called on the Saturday, but they were not printed, and the prisoner told him if he could call on the Sunday they would be finished. Witness called on the Sunday afternoon, but the prisoner was out. He went again on the Monday and saw the prisoner, who handed him six photographs (produced). Witness had paid him £1 9s. 6d. For them and his own photograph on the previous Tuesday. Witness took the pictures to Scotland-yard, and handed them to Chief Superintendent Williamson, and by his instructions he called on Mr. Collette the next morning. He was present that morning at the prisoner's house, with Chief Inspector Shore, when the negatives produced were seized. They corresponded with the pictures he had bought. He recognised among other parcels of negatives now handed to him, and which were seized that morning, two negatives the prisoner had shown him. Cross-examined: He went to the prisoner's once or twice on horseback. The prisoner told him the negatives did not belong to him. The payment of £1 9s. 6d., for which the receipt was now produced, was not solely for his photographs it included the others. His photographs were 17s. 6d. Per dozen. The prisoner, that morning, made no effort of concealment. He told them where the negatives were. John Shore, chief inspector of Scotland-yard, having also given evidence, the prisoner reserved his defence, and Mr. Mansfield committed him for trial. Mr. Collette applied for a summons for the destruction of the negatives and photographs, which Mr. Mansfield granted. Mr. Abrahams asked that the prisoner be allowed to go out on bail, and Mr. Mansfield agreed to accept two sureties in £40 each.
 
  

Footnotes 
  
  1. Λ Erotic art in Pompeii and Herculaneum - Wikipedia
    (Accessed: 13 April 2014)
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erotic_art_in_Pompeii_and_Herculaneum 
      
  2. Λ Southworth & Hawes, "The Greek Slave, by Hiram Powers", 1848, Daguerreotype, 3 1/4 x 2 9/16 ins, J. Paul Getty Museum, 84.XT.1582.1 
      
  3. Λ Lauren Lessing, 2010, "Ties that Bind: Hiram Powers’ Greek Slave and Nineteenth-century Marriage", American Art, vol. 24, pp. 41–65 
      
  4. Λ For Fratelli Alinari which went on to become a highy significant publisher and image library in Italy - Filippo Zevi, 1978, Alinari: Photographers of Florence, 1852–1920, (Florence and London: Idea Editions and Alinari Edizioni in association with the Scottish Arts Council); Alinari [firm], 1985, Gli Alinari fotografi a Firenze, 1852-1920, (Fratelli Alinari spa); Arturo Carlo Quintavalle, 2003, Gli Alinari, (Fratelli Alinari spa) 
      
  5. Λ Henry Fox Talbot, "Statuette: 'The Rape of the Sabines' by Giovanni da Bologna", 1840-1844 (ca), Salted paper print, 22.5 x 18.5 cm (sheet) 19.7 x 15.3 cm (image), National Gallery of Canada, Purchased 1975, no. 33487.25 
      
  6. Λ Graham Ovenden, 1974, Alphonse Mucha Photographs, (Academy Editions Ltd) 
      
  7. Λ Aaron Scharf, 1974, Art and Photography, (Harmondsworth, England: Penguin Books). The literature on the connections between art and photography is vast with early books including - Van Deren Coke, 1964, The Painter and the Photograph, from Delacroix to Warhol, (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press); Henrich Schwarz & William Parker, 1987, Art and Photography: Forerunners and Influences, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press); Eugenia Parry Janis, 1991, The Kiss of Apollo, Photography & sculpture, 1845 to the present, (San Francisco: Fraenkel Gallery) 
      
  8. Λ For a contemporary analysis - Wendy Steiner, 2010 , The Real Real Thing: The Model in the Mirror of Art, (University of Chicago Press)
     
    There should be a history of the use of life models in art providing accounts from studios, diaries etc but I have not come across one. If there is please let me know - alan@luminous-lint.com 
      
  9. Λ J.C. Horsley, 1885, "Religion and Art", The Official Report of the Church Congress held at Portsmouth, October, 1885, (London: Bemrose & Sons), p. 188 
      
  10. Λ Allan Cunningham, 1843, The Life of Sir David Wilkie: With His Journals, Tours, and Critical Remarks on Works of Art; and a Selection from His Correspondence, (Lomdon: John Murray) - "Went to the Royal Academy, and did a good deal to the sketch from the life model" (vol. 1, p. 183), "Went to the Academy, where I continued painting from the naked figure till 7 o'clock" (vol. 1, p. 184) 
      
  11. Λ George du Maurier, 1894, Trilby, (London: Osgood, McIlvaine) [Published serially in Harper's Monthly in 1894.] 
      
  12. Λ Margaret B. Wright, 1878, "An Atelier des Dames", Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, vol. 22, pp. 21-29
    "Do you dislike to pose for male artists?" asked Paletta.
     
    "Dislike? Why should I with so fine a figure as this?" answered the woman, throwing off her cloak to resume her pose. "I'd like it better if I had a handsome face, but I'd like it much worse if I had flabby flesh or buniony feet."
     
    Paletta saw that no question of modesty entered the model's mind, and she went back to her easel to paint...
     
      
  13. Λ There are numerous adverts - for example, 1 October 1881, The Artist and Journal of Home Culture, p. 304 
      
  14. Λ 1887, "Monthly Record of American Art", The Magazine of Art, vol. 10, p. xxxviii 
      
  15. Λ Lynda Head, 1992, The Female Nude: Art, Obscenity and Sexuality, (Routledge) 
      
  16. Λ Graham Ovenden, 1974, Alphonse Mucha Photographs, (Academy Editions Ltd) 
      
  17. Λ Gordon Hendricks, 1972, The Photographs of Thomas Eakins, (New York: Grossman Publishers); David Sewell (ed.), 2001, Thomas Eakins, (Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press) 
      
  18. Λ Malcolm Daniel, 1998, Edgar Degas: Photographer, (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art) [With essays by Eugenia Parry & Theodore Reff] 
      
  19. Λ William Culp Darrah, 1981, Cartes De Visite In Nineteenth Century Photography, (Gettysburg, Pa.: William C. Darrah); Thomas Harris, 2013, ‘The Mighty, Yet Diminutive, Carte de Visite‘, in Bryan & Page Ginns, 2013, Antique Photographica: The Collector's Vision (Schiffer), pp. 100-120; Elizabeth Anne McCauley, 1985, A. A. E. Disderi and the Carte de Visite Portrait, (New Haven: Yale) 
      
  20. Λ Mark S. Chalabala, 2013, American Backmark: The Art and Artistry of the Carte de Visite Imprint 1860-1890, (Privately printed) 
      
  21. Λ Van Deren Coke, 1962 Spring, "Two Delacroix Drawings Made from Photographs", Art Journal, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 172–174 
      
  22. Λ Eugène Durieu is mentioned on multiple occassions in the diaries of Delacroix - Eugène Delacroix, Paul Flat, René Piot, 1893, Journal de Eugène Delacroix ...: 1850-1854, (E. Plon, Nourrit et cie) 
      
  23. Λ Eugène Durieu and Eugène Delacroix - Gerry Badger (blog)
    (Accessed: 11 November 2013)
    www.gerrybadger.com/eugene-durieu-and-eugene-delacroix/ 
      
  24. Λ Biography provided by (Bonartes Photo Institute): Monika Faber / (Moravská galerie): Petra Medríková, Supplied to Luminous-Lint by: Magdalena Vukovic (11 July 2013) 
      
  25. Λ G.L. Arlaud, 1920, Vingt Études de Nu en Plein Air, (Paris, Horos Editions) 
      
  26. Λ Man Ray, 1929, 1929, (Paris) 
      
  27. Λ Books by Frantisek Drtikol: Frantisek Drtikol, 1929, Le nus de Drtikol, (Paris: Libraire des Arts Decoratifs), Preface de Claude de Santeul. Includes 30 photogravure reproductions of Drtikol's nude studies; Frantisek Drtikol, 1930, Zena ve Svetle, (Prague: E. Beaufort) 
      
  28. Λ Book on Frantisek Drtikol include - Vladimir Birgus, 1988, Frantisek Drtikol, (Praha: Odeon) [Czech]; Vladimer Birgus, 2002, The Photographer Frantisek Drtikol, (Kant); Anna Farova, 1993, Frantisek Drtikol: Photograph des Art Deco, (München: Schirmer / Mosel); Anna Farova, 2012, Frantisek Drtikol, (Hatje Cantz); Josef Moucha, 2007, Frantisek Drtikol 1883-1961, (Prague: Torst) 
      
  29. Λ James Alinder, 1979, Collecting light: The Photographs of Ruth Bernhard (Untitled 20), (Friends of Photography); Ginny Williams, 1993, Ruth Bernhard The Collection of Ginny Williams, (Tallgrass Press); Margaretta Mitchell, 2000, Ruth Bernhard: Between Art and Life, (Chronicle Books) 
      
  30. Λ To better understand the thinking of Edward Weston his Daybooks are the best source - Nancy Newhall (ed.), 1973, The Daybooks of Edward Weston: Volume 1, Mexico, (Millerton, NY: Aperture); Nancy Newhall, (ed.), 1973, The Daybooks of Edward Weston: Volume 2, California, (Millerton, NY: Aperture). The immortality of any photographer is strongly linked to having a good editor and a biographer - Nancy Newhall had that ability. 
      
  31. Λ Tina Modotti was the companion of Edward Weston when he was in Mexico and he mentored her in photography. There are a large number of books on her life and work including - Mildred Constantine, 1983, Tina Modotti: A Fragile Life, (New York: Rizzoli); Andrea Noble, 2001, Tina Modotti: Image, Texture, Photography, (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press); Letizia Argenteri, 2003, Tina Modotti: Between Art & Revolution, (New Haven: Yale University Press); Sam Stourdze (ed.); Patricia Albers & Karen Cordero Reiman, 2000, Tina Modotti and the Mexican Renaissance, (Paris: Jean Michel Place Editions) 
      
  32. Λ Newton, Helmut, 1981, Big Nudes, (Paris: Xavier Moreau Inc.) [Text by K. Lagerfeld] 
      
  33. Λ Nancy Newhall, 2007, Edward Weston's Book of Nudes, (Oxford University Press, USA); Amy Conger, 2006, Edward Weston: The Form of the Nude, (Phaidon Press) 
      
  34. Λ Bill Brandt, 1961, Perspective of Nudes, (London: The Bodley Head); Bill Brandt, 1980, Bill Brandt: Nudes 1945-1980, (London: Gordon Fraser) 
      
  35. Λ Kishin Shinoyama, 1991, Santa Fe, (Tokyo: Asahi Shuppansha). The book is called "Santa Fe" as the photographs were taken in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. The book was shocking in Japanese society as it showed pubic hair. 
      
  36. Λ There was the first exhibition of his work outside Brazil ""Alair de Oliveira Gomes, photographs"" held at the Fondation Cartier, Paris (15 March 2001-17 May 2001)
    (Accessed: 12 August 2013)
    www.absolutearts.com/artsnews/2001/03/14/28235.html 
      
  37. Λ For examining sexuality in a colonial context - Malek Alloula, 1986, The Colonial Harem, (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press); Raymond Corbey, 1988, "Alterity: The Colonial Nude", Critique of Anthropology, vol. 8, pp. 75-92; Kelly Dennis, 1994, ‘Ethnopornography: Veiling the Dark Continent‘, History of Photography, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 22-28; Thomas Hendriks, 2013, "Erotics of Sin: Promiscuity, Polygamy and Homo-Erotics in Missionary Photography from the Congolese Rainforest", Visual Anthropology, Special Issue: Records of the Subaltern in Colonial and Imperial Societies, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 355-382 
      
  38. Λ Christoph Irmscher, 2013, Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 
      
  39. Λ G.E. Dobson, 1875, "On the Andamans and Andamanese", The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain, vol. IV, plate xxxi; See also - Sita Venkateswa, 2004, Development and Ethnocide: Colonial Practices in the Andaman Islands, (IWGIA), p. 108
     
    Note that the genitalia of Maia Biala have been scratched out on one of these versions - presumably a prudish defacing. In the versions at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, PRM. B30. Misc.Ic; RAI 5758 and in the private collection collection of Jan Weijers the genitalia are shown.  
      
  40. Λ M.V. Portman, 1899, A history of our relations with the Andamanese, (Calcutta: Office of the Government Printing) [2 volumes] 
      
  41. Λ Michel Mégnin, 2005, La Tunisie de Lehnert et Landrock, (Paris: Méditerranée & Tunis: Apollonia) 
      
  42. Λ Paul Martin, 1939, Victorian Snapshots, (London: Country Life); Paul Martin, n.d. [1978?], A Yarmouth Holiday, (London: Nishen Photography) [Introduction by Mark Haworth-Booth];Bill Jay, 1973, Victorian Candid Camera: Paul Martin 1864-1944, (Newton Abbot: David and Charles) 
      
  43. Λ Sarah Greenough, 1991, Walker Evans: Subways and Streets, (Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art) 
      
  44. Λ There is a film The Candid Image: A Portrait of Erich Salomon (1992) on Erich Salomon. Description of this documentary:
    His camera hidden in his hat, he sat in a courtroom and photographed two accused murderers being sentenced; photographed Von Hindenburg from a bathroom window across from the presidential palace; hid his camera in a music stand to photograph Toscanini in performance. But he had artistic talent as well as nerve. This program tells Salomon’s story, the famous photos augmented by some of the negatives hidden from the Nazis and now restored. Salomon was killed in Auschwitz, but his astonishing documentation of the 20th century survives.
     
      
  45. Λ Tim Gidal, 1973, Modern Photojournalism: Origin and Revolution 1910-1933, (New York: Macmillan) 
      
  46. Λ Miroslav Tichy, 2012, L'homme a La Mauvaise Camera, (Presses du Reel) 
      
  47. Λ Kohei Yoshiyuki & Yossi Milo (ed.), 2007, The Park, (Hatje Cantz/Yossi Milo). The book description says:
    Kohei Yoshiyuki's nighttime photographs, taken with infrared film and flash in Japan's Shinjuku, Yoyogi and Aoyama Parks during the 1970s, capture the illicit sexual encounters, both heterosexual and homosexual, that frequently occurred there under the cloak of darkness. The Park's images not only reveal hidden sexual exploits but also uncover many spectators ardently lurking in the darkness, waiting to join in--and quickly raise issues of voyeurism and surveillance. In The Photobook: A History, Volume II, Martin Parr speaks to the societal relevance of this series, calling it, "A brilliant piece of social documentation, catching perfectly the loneliness, sadness and desperation that so often accompany sexual or human relationships in a big, hard metropolis like Tokyo."
     
    As exhibition organizer and editor Yossi Milo writes in his introduction, "With each viewing, I noticed something that had eluded me before: the photos' rigorous compositions They are provocative photographs, and unsettling as well: one is both chilled and thrilled by Yoshiyuki's boldness, by how close he crept to his unaware subjects, by the hours he spent late at night crouched in bushes and against trees, waiting for his perfect shot."
     
      
  48. Λ Ikko Kagari, 1982, Document Tsuken Densha, (Hama Shobo). These photographs may have been taken using infrared flash photography. 
      
  49. Λ arnesvenson.com/theneighbors.html
    (Accessed: 17 July 2013)
    With Arne Svenson's new series, Neighbors, he has turned outward from his usual studio based practice to study the daily activities of his downtown Manhattan neighbors as seen through his windows into theirs. Svenson has always combined a highly developed aesthetic sense viewed from the perspective of social anthropology in his eclectic projects with subjects ranging from prisoners to sock monkeys. His projects are almost always instigated by an external or random experience which brings new objects or equipment into his life- in this case he inherited a bird watching telephoto lens from a friend.
     
    The grid structure of the windows frame the quotidian activities of the neighbors, forming images which are puzzling, endearing, theatrical and often seem to mimic art history, from Delacroix to Vermeer. The Neighbors is social documentation in a very rarified environment. The large color prints have been cropped to various orientations and sizes to condense and focus the action.
    Jonny Weeks, 19 August 2013, "The art of peeping: photography at the limits of privacy - New York photographer Arne Svenson snapped his neighbours in their homes without permission – and has just won a court case under his First Amendment rights. Should snooping be allowed in the name of art?", The Guardian (UK) (Accessed: 28 August 2013)
    www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/photography-blog/2013/aug/19/art-peeping-photography-privacy-arne-svenson 
      

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General reading 
  
Alloula, Malek, 1986, The Colonial Harem, (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press) isbn-10: 0816613842 isbn-13: 978-0816613847 [Δ
  
Bertolotti, Alessandro, 2007, Books of Nudes, (Abrams) isbn-10: 0810994445 isbn-13: 978-0810994447 [Δ
  
Bright, Deborah (ed.), 1998, The Passionate Camera: Photography and Bodies of Desire, (London and New York: Routledge) [Δ
  
Callahan, Sean & Olschewski, P. (eds.), 1995, Nudes, (Edition Stemmle) isbn-10: 390551401X isbn-13: 978-3905514018 [Δ
  
Corbey, Raymond, 1988, ‘Alterity: The Colonial Nude‘, Critique of Anthropology, vol. 8, pp. 75-92 [Δ
  
Dennis, Kelly, 1994, ‘Ethnopornography: Veiling the Dark Continent‘, History of Photography, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 22-28 [Δ
  
Dupouy, Alexandre, 1993, Torture garden: Vintage erotica archives, (Tokyo: Treville: Distributed by Libro Port Co.) isbn-13: 978-4845708659 [Δ
  
Dupouy, Alexandre, 2003, Erotic art photography, (London: Parkstone) isbn-13: 978-1859958193 [Δ
  
Dupouy, Alexandre & Dupouy, Chloé, 2007, Les éditions Ostra: l’Âge d’Or du Fétichisme, (Paris: Astarte) isbn-13: 978-2909607191 [Δ
  
Dupouy, Alexandre; Esteban, Anne-Marie & Monsieur X, 1996, Collection privée de Monsieur X, (Paris: Astarte) isbn-13: 978-2909607092 [Δ
  
Edwards, Susan H., 1994, ‘Pretty Babies: Art, Erotica or Kiddie Porn‘, History of Photography, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 38-46 [Δ
  
Ewing, William A., 1994, The Body: Photographs of the Human Form, (San Francisco: Chronicle Books) [Δ
  
Field, Genevieve. (ed.), 2000, Nerve: The New Nude, (Chronicle Books) isbn-10: 081182957X isbn-13: 978-0811829571 [Δ
  
Hanson, Dian, 2013, Dian Hanson's History of Pin-up Magazines Vol. 1-3, (Taschen) isbn-10: 3836539705 isbn-13: 978-3836539708 [Slipcase, English / French / German] [Δ
  
Herbert, Stephen, 1989, January / March, ‘Animated Portrait Photography‘, History of Photography, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 65-78 [Δ
  
Jay, Bill, 1971, Views on Nudes, (Focal Press) isbn-10: 0240507312 isbn-13: 978-0240507316 [Δ
  
Kelly, Jain. (ed.), 1979, Nude Theory, (Lustrum Press) isbn-10: 0912810335 isbn-13: 978-0912810331 [Δ
  
Köhler, Michael, 1986/1995, The Body Exposed: Views of the Body: 150 Years of the Nude in Photography, (Zurich: Edition Stemmle) [Δ
  
Kroll, Eric (ed.), 1995, Elmer Batters. From the tip of the toes to the top of the hose, (Taschen) isbn-13: 978-3836539296 [Δ
  
Kuhn, Annette, 1985, The Power of the Image: Essays on Representation and Sexuality, (New York: Routledge) [Δ
  
Linderman, Jim, 2011, Secret History of the Black Pin Up: Women of Color from Pin Up to Porn, (Blurb (Self-published, print-on-demand)) [Blurb id: 2488194] [Δ
  
Linderman, Jim, 2011, Smut by Mail: Vintage Graphics from the Golden Age of Obscenity, (Blurb (Self-published, print-on-demand)) [Blurb id: 1957996] [Δ
  
Martineau, Paul, 2014, The Nude in Photography, (J. Paul Getty Museum) isbn-10: 1606062662 isbn-13: 978-1606062661 [Δ
  
Mavor, Carol, 1995, Pleasures Taken: Performances of Sexuality and Loss in Victorian Photographs, (Durham, NC and London: Duke University Press) [Δ
  
Mitchell, M. & Bernhard, R., 1986, The Eternal Body, (Carmel: Photography West Graphics) [Δ
  
Mlcoch. Jan & Birgus, Vladimir (eds.), 2001, The Nude In Czech Photography, (Kant) isbn-10: 8086217353 isbn-13: 978-8086217352 [Δ
  
Nazarieff, Serge, 1993, Early Erotic Photography, (Taschen) [Δ
  
Nead, Lynda, 1992, The Female Nude: Art, Obscenity and Sexuality, (London and New York: Routledge) [Δ
  
Ovendon, Graham, 1972, Victorian Erotic Photography, (New York: St. Martin's Press) [Δ
  
Pulz, John, 1995, The Body and the Lens: Photography 1839 to the Present, (New York: Harry N. Abrams) [Δ
  
Richter, Peter-Cornell (ed.), 1998, Nude Photography: Masterpieces from the Past 150 Years, (Prestel Publishing) isbn-10: 3791319981 isbn-13: 978-3791319988 [Δ
  
Smith, Todd D., 1994, ‘Gay Male Pornography and the East: Re-Orienting the Orient‘, History of Photography, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 13-21 [Δ
  
Stirrat, Betsy et. al, 1997, The Art of Desire: Erotic Treasures from the Kinsey Institute, (Indiana University Press) isbn-10: 0966032004 isbn-13: 978-0966032000 [Δ
  
Weiermair, Peter; Pohlmann, Ulrich, et al., 2004, The Nude: Ideal and Reality - Photography, (Skira) isbn-10: 8884918308 isbn-13: 978-8884918307 [Δ
  
Wolin, Jeffrey A. & Stirratt, Betsy, 2000, Peek: Photographs from the Kinsey Institute, (Arena editions) [Δ
  
 
  
Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
  
Araki Nobuyoshi 
  
Nobuyoshi, Araki, 1990, Tokyo Lucky Hole 1983-1985, Shinjuku Kabuki-cho District, (Tokyo: Ohta Shuppan) [Δ
  
G.L. Arlaud 
  
Arlaud, G.L., 1920, Vingt Études de Nu en Plein Air, (Paris, Horos Editions) [Δ
  
Hans Bellmer 
  
Bellmer, Hans, 1934, Die Puppe, (Karlsruhe: Privately published) [Δ
  
Bellmer, Hans, 1949, Les Jeux de la Poupée, (Paris: Les Éditions premières) [Δ
  
Bellmer, Hans, 1962, Die Puppe, (Berlin: Editions Gerhardt Verlag) [Δ
  
Bellmer, Hans, 2004, Hans Bellmer: The Doll [Japanese] [Δ
  
Bellmer, Hans, 2004, Little Anatomy of the Physical Unconscious: Or the Anatomy of the Image, (Dominion Press) isbn-10: 097120442X isbn-13: 9780971204423 [Δ
  
Haenlein, Carl (ed.), 1984, Hans Bellmer, (Hannover: Kestner Gesellschaft) [Exhibition catalogue - Katalog Kestner-Gesellschaft Hannover 17. Februar - 11. März 1984] [Δ
  
Semff, Michael & Spira, Antony (eds.), 2006, Hans Bellmer, (Hatje Cantz) isbn-13: 978-3775717939 [Exhibition catalogue] [Δ
  
Webb, Peter, 2006, Death, Desire and the Doll: The Life and Art of Hans Bellmer, (London: Solar Books) isbn-10: 0971457867 isbn-13: 978-0971457867 [Δ
  
Webb, Peter & Short, Robert, 1985, Hans Bellmer, (London) isbn-10: 0704324377 [Δ
  
E.J. Bellocq 
  
Bellocq, E.J., 1996, Bellocq: Photographs from Storyville. The Red-Light District of New Orleans, (New York: Random House) [Introduction by Susan Sontag. Interviews by John Szarkowski. Preface by Lee Friedlander] [Δ
  
Szarkowski, J. (ed.), 1970, E. J. Bellocq: Storyville Portraits: Photographs from the New Orleans Red-Light District, circa 1912, (New York: Museum of Modern Art) [Δ
  
Bill Brandt 
  
Brandt, Bill, 1961, Perspective of Nudes, (London: The Bodley Head) [Δ
  
Brandt, Bill, 1980, Bill Brandt: Nudes 1945-1980, (London: Gordon Fraser) [Δ
  
Brandt, Bill, 2004, Brandt Nudes: A New Perspective, (Bill Brandt Archive) [Limited edition. Republished by Thames and Hudson 2013] [Δ
  
Haworth-Booth, Mark & Durrell, Lawrence, 2013, Brandt Nudes: A New Perspective, (Thames and Hudson) isbn-10: 0500970424 isbn-13: 978-0500970423 [A reprint of the limited edition 2004 book published by the Bill Brandt Archive] [Δ
  
Lucien Clergue 
  
Clergue, Lucien, 1999, Grands nus, (Marval) [Δ
  
Frantisek Drtikol 
  
Drtikol, Frantisek, 1929, Le nus de Drtikol, (Paris: Libraire des Arts Decoratifs) [Preface de Claude de Santeul. Includes 30 photogravure reproductions of Drtikol's nude studies] [Δ
  
Farova, Anna, 1993, Frantisek Drtikol: Photograph des Art Deco, (München: Schirmer / Mosel) [Δ
  
Eugène Durieu 
  
Coke, Van Deren, 1962, Spring, ‘Two Delacroix Drawings Made from Photographs‘, Art Journal, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 172-174 [Δ
  
Lee Friedlander 
  
Friedlander, Lee, 1991, Lee Friedlander: Nudes, (Random House UK) isbn-10: 0224032178 isbn-13: 978-0224032179 [Δ
  
Friedlander, Lee, 2013, Lee Friedlander The Nudes: A Second Look, (D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.) isbn-10: 193892200X isbn-13: 978-1938922008 [Δ
  
Ikko Kagari 
  
Kagari, Ikko, 1980s, Tokyo Chikan Moyo / Tokyo Pervert Report, (Tokyo: Outo Shobo) [Japanese] [Δ
  
Kagari, Ikko, 1982, Adult Shashinjutsu Nozoki Part 2., (Tokyo: Hama Shobo) [Japanese] [Δ
  
Kagari, Ikko, 1982, Document Tsuken Densha [Document Tsuken Express Train], (Hama Shobo) [Japanese] [Δ
  
Kagari, Ikko, 1994, Chikan Rush, (Tokyo: Heart Deluxe) [Japanese] [Δ
  
Kagari, Ikko & Mutsuki, Kagerou, 1980s, Chikan Densha / Sekigaisen Shashin Documents, (Tokyo: Ohto Shobo) [Japanese] [Δ
  
Kohei Yoshiyuki 
  
Yoshiyuki, Kohei, 1980, Document Koen / Document Park, (Tokyo, Seven Sha) [Δ
  
George Platt Lynes 
  
Crump, J., 1993, George Platt Lynes, Photographs from the Kinsey Institute, (Boston: Bulfinch Press) [Δ
  
Kirstein, L., 1960, George Platt Lynes Portraits 1931–1952, (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago) [Δ
  
Woody, J., 1981, George Platt Lynes: Photographs, 1931–1955, (Pasadena, CA: Twelvetrees Press) [Δ
  
Manassé Studio (Vienna) 
  
Faber, Monika, 1998, Divas and lovers: the erotic art of Studio Manassé, (Universe) isbn-10: 0789302349 isbn-13: 978-0789302342 [Δ
  
Robert Mapplethorpe 
  
Danto, A. C., 1996, Playing With the Edge: The Photographic Achievement of Robert Mapplethorpe, (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press) [Δ
  
Mapplethorpe, Robert, 1978, X [Portfolio] [Homosexual and sadomasochistic imagery] [Δ
  
Mapplethorpe, Robert, 1980, Robert Mapplethorpe: Black Males, (Amsterdam: Galeria Jurka) [Text by Edmund White] [Δ
  
Mapplethorpe, Robert, 1983, Lady: Lisa Lyon, (New York: St. Martins) [Δ
  
Mapplethorpe, Robert, 1999, Pictures: Robert Mapplethorpe, (New York: Arena Editions) [Edited by D. Levas] [Δ
  
Marshall, R.; Howard, R. & Sischy, I., 1988, Robert Mapplethorpe, (New York: Whitney Museum of Art) [Δ
  
Morrisroe, P., 1995, Mapplethorpe, (New York: Papermac) [Δ
  
Mary Ellen Mark 
  
Mark, Mary Ellen, 1981, Falkland Road: Prostitutes of Bombay, (New York: Knopf) [Δ
  
Susan Meiselas 
  
Meiselas, Susan, 2001, Pandora’s Box, (London and New York: Trebruk) [Δ
  
Meiselas, Susan, 2008, Carnival Strippers, (Steidl) isbn-10: 3882439548 isbn-13: 978-3882439540 [2nd revised edition] [Δ
  
Boris Mikhailov 
  
Mikhailov, Boris, 1999, Boris Mikhailov: Case History, (Scalo Publishers) isbn-10: 3908247098 isbn-13: 978-3908247098 [Δ
  
Martin Munkácsi 
  
Munkácsi, Martin, 1951, Nudes, (New York: Greenberg Publisher) [Δ
  
Nancy Newhall 
  
Newhall, Nancy, 2007, Edward Weston's Book of Nudes, (Oxford University Press, USA) isbn-10: 0892369035 isbn-13: 978-0892369034 [Δ
  
Helmut Newton 
  
Newton, Helmut, 1976, White Women, (London: Quartet Books) [Δ
  
Newton, Helmut, 1981, Big Nudes, (Paris: Xavier Moreau Inc.) [Text by K. Lagerfeld] [Δ
  
Newton, Helmut, 2000, Sumo, (Cologne: Taschen) [Δ
  
Irving Penn 
  
Hambourg, Maria Morris, 2002, Earthly Bodies: Irving Penn's Nudes, 1949–50, (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Boston: Bulfinch Press) [Δ
  
Sasha Stone 
  
Stone, Sasha, 1930, Femmes, (Paris: Editions Arts et Metiers Graphiques) [Δ
  
Larry Sultan 
  
Sultan, Larry, 2005, The Valley, (Scalo) isbn-10: 3908247799 isbn-13: 978-3908247791 [Δ
  
Miroslav Tichý 
  
Tichy, Miroslav, 2012, L'homme a La Mauvaise Camera, (Presses du Reel) isbn-10: 2916067655 isbn-13: 978-2916067650 [French] [Δ
  
Wilhelm von Gloeden 
  
1979, Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856–1931), (Kunsthalle Basel) [Exhibition catalogue] [Δ
  
Lemagny, Jean-Claude, 1977, Photographs of the classic male nude, Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden, (New York: Camera/Graphic Press) isbn-10: 0918696038 [Δ
  
Leslie, Charles, 1977, Wilhelm Von Gloeden Photographer. A Brief Introduction to His Life and Work, (New York: Soho Photographic Publishers) [Δ
  
Peyrefitte, Roger, 2008, Wilhelm von Gloeden, (Paris: Editions Textes Gais) isbn-13: 978-2914679305 [Δ
  
Pohlmann, Ulrich, 1998, Wilhelm von Gloeden: Taormina, (Munich: Schirmer Mosel) isbn-10: 388814406X [Δ
  
Weiermair, Peter, 1994, Wilhelm Von Gloeden: Erotic Photographs, (Cologne: Taschen Verlag) isbn-10: 3822893153 [Δ
  
Weiermair, Peter, 1996, Wilhelm von Gloeden, (Cologne: Taschen Verlag) isbn-10: 388288314X [German, English, French] [Δ
  
Woody, Jack (ed.), 1986, Taormina: Wilhelm von Gloeden, (Pasadena: Twelvetrees Press) isbn-10: 0942642228 [2nd edition 1990, 3rd 1997] [Δ
  
Zannier, Italo (ed.), 2008, Wilhelm von Gloeden: fotografie, nudi, paesaggi, scene di genere, (Florence: Alinari) isbn-13: 978-8863020045 [Δ
  
Michael von Graffenried 
  
Graffenried, Michael von & Coleman, A.D., 2002, Naked in Paradise, (Dewi Lewis Publishing) isbn-10: 189923585X isbn-13:  978-1899235858 [Δ
  
Walery 
  
Laryew (Stanislaus Walery), 1924 (ca), Nus - Cent photographies originales de Laryew, (Paris: Librairie des Arts Decoratis) [Δ
  
Edward Weston 
  
Conger, Amy, 2006, Edward Weston: The Form of the Nude, (Phaidon Press) isbn-10: 0714845736 isbn-13: 978-0714845739 [Δ
  
Newhall, Nancy, 2007, Edward Weston's Book of Nudes, (Oxford University Press, USA) isbn-10: 0892369035 isbn-13: 978-0892369034 [Δ
  
Weston, Edward, 1977, Edward Weston: Nudes, (New York: Aperture) [Δ
  
 
  
If you feel this list is missing a significant book or article please let me know - Alan - alan@luminous-lint.com 
  
 
  
Resources 
  
Frank Rodick: Sub Rosa series of nude studies. 
http://www.frankrodick.com ... 
  
Robert Farber 
http://www.farber.com 
  
Eric Boutilier-Brown 
http://www.evolvingbeauty.com 
This site has two sections a free site and a patron site with an annual subscription that allows access to a far larger resource of images. 
  
Robert Mapplethorpe: Male Nudes 
http://www.mapplethorpe.org ... 
  
Sexist/Girlie 
http://www.geh.org ... 
  
Robert Mapplethorpe: Female Nudes 
http://www.mapplethorpe.org ... 
  
Art Forum 
http://www.art-forum.org 
Hans de Roos has put together a site with high quality scans of work exploring the relationship between the nude and art. 
  
Robert Mapplethorpe - the Cincinnati case 
http://www.enquirer.com ... 
The showing of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe and legal case that was bought against Dennis Barrie and the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. The argument concerned the right to use photographs that were deemed by some to be offensive. Although the jury affirmed the right to show the work it did affect public funding for the arts in America. 
  
 
  

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ThumbnailErotica: A Pictorialist perspective 
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Released (September 2, 2007) Warning: If you are under 18 or offended by naked bodies do NOT view this exhibition.
ThumbnailErotica: Artist studies / Académies 
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Improved (November 10, 2007) We welcome examples of additional artists studies - particularly those that were used as the basis for known artworks.
 
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ThumbnailErotica: Comment me preferez vous? [How would you like to see me?] 
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Released (June 19, 2010) Warning: If you are under 18 or offended by naked bodies do NOT view this exhibition.
ThumbnailErotica: Daguerreotypes 
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Released (July 7, 2007) Warning: If you are under 18 or offended by naked bodies do NOT view this exhibition.
ThumbnailErotica: Men 
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Released (May 22, 2010) Warning: If you are under 18 or offended by naked bodies do NOT view this exhibition.
ThumbnailErotica: Women 
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Released (May 22, 2010) Warning: If you are under 18 or offended by naked bodies do NOT view this exhibition.
ThumbnailG.L. Arlaud: Vingt Études de Nu en Plein Air 
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Released (December 13, 2007) Warning: If you are under 18 or offended by naked bodies do NOT view this exhibition.
ThumbnailWalery: NUS 
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Released (May 1, 2006) Warning: If you are under 18 or offended by naked bodies do NOT view this exhibition.
 
  

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ThumbnailA. Calavas (editor): Artist studies - Académies 
ThumbnailAlbert Arthur Allen: The Female Figure 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailAlbert Arthur Allen: The Model 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailAlfred Cheney Johnston: Nudes 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailAnne Brigman: Nudes 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailAraki Nobuyoshi: Books 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailAuguste Belloc and Félix Jacques Antoine Moulin: Femme sur un lit 
ThumbnailAuguste Belloc: Nudes 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailBill Brandt: Nudes 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailBrett Weston: Underwater nudes 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailCount Theodore Zichy: The fetishism of legs and feet 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailE. Aubin: Artist studies - Académies 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailEdward Steichen: Nudes 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailEdward Weston: Nude backs 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailErgy Landau: Nudes 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailEugène Atget: Brothels, prostitutes and nudes 
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ThumbnailEugène Durieu: Artist studies - Académies 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailFrank Chauvassaigne: Artist studies - Académies 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailFrantisek Drtikol: Nudes 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailG.L. Arlaud: Vingt Études de Nu en Plein Air 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailGaudenzio Marconi: Artist studies - Académies 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailGermaine Krull: Nudes 
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ThumbnailGustave Le Gray: Artist studies - Académies 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailHelmut Newton: Sie Kommen 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailJ.M. Cañellas: Artist studies - Académies 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailJack Smith: The Beautiful Book 
ThumbnailJacques Moulin: Nude studies 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailJan Saudek 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailJulien Vallou de Villeneuve: Artist studies - Académies 
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ThumbnailJulien Vallou de Villeneuve: Étude d'après nature, modèle pour Les Baigneuses 
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ThumbnailJulien Vallou de Villeneuve: Reclining nudes 
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ThumbnailKarl Struss: Nude female with fan 
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ThumbnailKarl Struss: Nudes 
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ThumbnailKurt Reichert: Naturism 
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ThumbnailLarry Clark: Teenage Lust 
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ThumbnailLarry Sultan: The Valley 
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ThumbnailLehnert & Landrock: Nudes 
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ThumbnailLeni Riefenstahl: Olympia 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailLeni Riefenstahl: The Young Athlete 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailLouis Igout: Artist studies - Académies 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailMan Ray: 1929 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailMan Ray: Solarized nudes 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailMarcel Natkin's book "Le Nu" (Editions Tiranty-Paris) 
ThumbnailPesme: Artist studies - Académies 
ThumbnailRené Le Begue: Nudes 
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ThumbnailRudolf Koppitz: Movement study (Bewegungsstudie) and variant 
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ThumbnailRudolf Koppitz: Nude studies 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailRuth Bernhard: Nudes 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailSheila Metzner: Nudes 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailStrand Studios: Girls 
ThumbnailStudio Biederer: Domination 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailThomas Eakins: Artist studies - Académies 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailVincenzo Galdi: Artist studies - Académies 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailWalery: Portraits with bodystockings 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailWilhelm Plüschow: Young male nudes 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
 
 
  
   Connections 
  
ThumbnailJosef Vetrovsky - Frantisek Drtikol 
ThumbnailWynn Bullock - Harry Callahan 
 
  
   Themes 
  
ThumbnailDomination 
ThumbnailErotica: A Pictorialist perspective 
ThumbnailErotica: Artist studies - Académies 
ThumbnailErotica: Comment me preferez vous? 
ThumbnailErotica: Ethnographic nudity 
ThumbnailErotica: Men 
ThumbnailErotica: The sex industry 
ThumbnailErotica: Women 
ThumbnailFashion: Costume: Body stockings 
ThumbnailJapanese courtesans 
ThumbnailNaturism and nudism 
 
 
  
   Techniques 
  
ThumbnailCarte de visites: Themes: Erotica 
ThumbnailDaguerreotypes: Themes: Erotica 
ThumbnailGelatin silver prints: Themes: Erotica 
ThumbnailPhotogravures: Themes: Erotica 
ThumbnailSalt prints: Themes: Erotica 
 
 
  
   Still thinking about these... 
  
ThumbnailFront and back erotic card 
ThumbnailObscenity 
 
  
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