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HomeContentsThemes > Parts of the body

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Introduction
269.01   Portraiture of parts of the body
269.02   Portraits using just a part of the body
269.03   Bust portraits
Photographers
269.04   John Coplans: Self portraits
269.05   Mark Cohen: The partial human
269.06   Count Theodore Zichy: The fetishism of legs and feet
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 
  
269.01   Portrait >  Portraiture of parts of the body 
  
The dictionary definition of a portrait says:
"A likeness of a person, especially one showing the face, that is created by a painter or photographer, for example."
and it is quite true that when we think of the term there is an underlying assumption that the facial features will appear but at a deeper level do they have to? Just as a textual portrait of a person can consist of a mannerism and parts of the body so can a photograph. For example a tattoo, wound or surgical scar says a lot about a person - or at the very least it can affect our underlying assumptions about that person and bring our own prejudices closer to the surface. Within the photography of fetishism this is widely covered but there are other photographers who move above the realm of simple titillation into a more philosophical study of who we are as people.
 
In this section there are the works of a few photographers that I'd like to highlight as their work is particularly profound.
  • In Terry Lorant's book entitled Reconstructing Aphrodite the photographs examine women who have undergone reconstruction after breast cancer.
     
  • Eleanor Antin photographed herself over a slimming program.
     
  • Annie Noggle well known for her portrais of middle aged and older people, particularly her friends and family, also completed a study called Face Lift that examined her own responses to having the operation.
     
  • Anna & Bernhard Blume in Das Gluck Ist Ohne Pardon/Joy Knows No Mercy: Polaroids shows people changed through ornamentation.
     
  • John Coplans has spent long years photographing his own body as it changes over time. The result is like a Medieval drawing book by Leonardo - a dispassionate analysis of increasing human frailty.
     
  • One couple of photographers, Melanie Dunea and Nigel Parry, discussed what was their favorite body parts and then explored the issue with celebrities. This seemingly simple question has surprising results and uncovers realms of self absorption.
     
  • Henry Horenstein in his 2003 book entitled Humans examines different parts of the human body in close up detail. The body when few close up becomes a strange landscape of parts that we all know but are somehow removed from the detail.
 
  
Rena  Small 
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Portrait Parts Of Body Legs 
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Portrait Parts Of Body Feet 
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Portrait Parts Of Body Skull 
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269.02   Portrait >  Portraits using just a part of the body 
  
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269.03   Portrait >  Bust portraits 
  
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Photographers 
  
269.04   Portrait >  John Coplans: Self portraits 
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269.05   Portrait >  Mark Cohen: The partial human 
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269.06   Portrait >  Count Theodore Zichy: The fetishism of legs and feet 
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Count Theodore Zichy (1908-1983) was an actor, a racing driver of Bugattis, pilot, playboy and a photographer. In 1948 his portfolio Chiaroscuros, contained fetishistic photographs of feet and shoes. By the standard of the day his autobiography made him out to be a cad and a bounder.[1] 
  

Footnotes 
  
  1. Λ Theodore Zichy, 1974, That Was No Gentleman, That Was Zichy, (London: Polybooks) 
      

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HomeContents > Further research

 
  
Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
  
John Coplans 
  
Coplans, John, 2002, A Body: John Coplans, (New York: PowerHouse Books) [Δ
  
Floris M. Neusüss 
  
Immisch, T.O. (ed.), 2001, Floris Neususs Körperbilder: Fotogramme der sechziger Jahre, (Stiftung Moritzburg) isbn-10: 3861050927 isbn-13: 978-3861050926 [Δ
  
 
  
If you feel this list is missing a significant book or article please let me know - Alan - alan@luminous-lint.com 
  

HomeContentsPhotographers > Photographers worth investigating

 
Eleanor Antin  (1935-) • Mark Cohen  (1943-) • John Coplans  (1920-2003) • Henry Horenstein  (1947-) • Jens Knigge  (1964-) • Lennart Nilsson  (1922-) • Anne Noggle  (1922-2005)
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HomeContentsOnline exhibitions > Parts of the body

Please submit suggestions for Online Exhibitions that will enhance this theme.
Alan - alan@luminous-lint.com

 
  
ThumbnailPortrait: Back view 
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Released (March 26, 2008)
ThumbnailPortrait: Parts of body: Feet 
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Released (June 5, 2008)
ThumbnailPortrait: Parts of body: Hands 
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Released (April 11, 2008)
ThumbnailPortrait: Parts of body: Legs 
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Released (June 9, 2008)
ThumbnailPortrait: Parts of body: Skull 
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Released (March 21, 2009)
ThumbnailPortraits: Profiles 
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Released (December 2, 2011)
ThumbnailRena Small: Artist's Hands 
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Released (July 10, 2008)
  
 
  

HomeVisual indexes > Parts of the body

Please submit suggestions for Visual Indexes to enhance this theme.
Alan - alan@luminous-lint.com

 
  
   Photographer 
  
ThumbnailLouis Auguste Bisson: Skulls 
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ThumbnailMark Cohen: The Partial Human 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailRaphaël Dallaporta: Fragile 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailRena Small: Artist's Hands 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailRuth Bernhard: Classic Torso 
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   Themes 
  
ThumbnailPortrait: Parts of the body: Arms 
ThumbnailPortrait: Parts of the body: Back: Groups 
ThumbnailPortrait: Parts of the body: Back: Single person 
ThumbnailPortrait: Parts of the body: Breasts 
ThumbnailPortrait: Parts of the body: Ears 
ThumbnailPortrait: Parts of the body: Eyes 
ThumbnailPortrait: Parts of the body: Feet 
ThumbnailPortrait: Parts of the body: Hair 
ThumbnailPortrait: Parts of the body: Hands 
ThumbnailPortrait: Parts of the body: Legs 
ThumbnailPortrait: Parts of the body: Skeletons 
ThumbnailPortrait: Parts of the body: Skulls 
ThumbnailPortrait: Parts of the body: Torsos 
 
 
  
Refreshed: 30 August 2014, 03:17
 
  
 
  
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