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Nude Photography

In the 1830s, Nièpce discovered how to print images onto metal plates. When he died in 1833, Louis Daguerre, followed by Francois Arago continued to develop his research, resulting in the invention of the daguerreotype which consisted of an image printed onto a silver plate when exposed to the light. Together they had invented photography.

Unlike paintings of nudes, which had long been considered an artistic discipline, nude photography was first used for scientific or educational purposes. Art schools often provided anatomy courses and photography became an increasingly popular means of representing the human body. In Orsay, photographs of nudes were found with squares traced onto the bodies in order to more carefully study their proportions and make them easier to reproduce through drawing.

At the beginning of the 20th century, magazines began to publish photographs of nudes. L'Etude Académique, for example, published nude photographs aimed at replacing life models in painting. When it first appeared, photography was not considered an art form; it remained anonymous and was thought of as a tool for artists to represent the human body. However, less scientific uses had been explored and a few years earlier, many erotic magazines had been published despite censorship.

The male nude, less widespread than the female nude, first appeared in photographs by Albert Londe, Thomas Eakins and Vincenzo Galdi, taken outdoors and capturing men as representations of young ephebes. In the 1930s and 1940s, photographers of the time, including Man Ray, Jean Ferrero and Gregor Arax, created more virile and sophisticated images.

Contemporary nudes take on many forms. One might expect them to be exclusively erotic but in reality, photographers approach the human body in a number of different ways. True to his style, Jeff Koons, chooses sexual provocation, creating pornographic scenes. Spencer Tunick brings together hundreds of naked participants to create striking images. As for Peter Joel Witkin, he explores the nude using the horrific and the bizarre. Among the masters of nude photography are Nan Goldin and her decadent photographs, Araki, specialising in black and white, Anders Petersen and his images of intimate scenes, as well as Robert Mapplethorpe with his minimalist and distinctive staging and composition.

In 1970, nude photography was fully accepted and there were even magazines specialised in the subject. Artsper features photographs by Bert Stern, Ren Hang, Eric Ceccarini, Maurice Renoma, Dani Olivier and Laetitia Lesaffre.

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Vadim Stein, Octopean, Photography

Vadim Stein

Octopean, 2013
50.8 x 40.6 cm
Photography

$1,675

Ren Hang, Ren Hang 2012, Photography

Ren Hang

Ren Hang 2012, 2012
67 x 100 x 2 cm
Photography

$17,948

Vlasta Gary, To the sky, Photography

Vlasta Gary

To the sky, 2017
101.6 x 76.2 cm
Photography

$4,877

Gum, Vaginarama, Photography

Gum

Vaginarama, 2016
75 x 50 cm
Photography

$238

Marek Gardulski, Untitled, Photography

Marek Gardulski

Untitled, 1983
54 x 36 cm
Photography

$1,017

Jean-Francois Lefranc, Blanka # 2 , Photography

Jean-Francois Lefranc

Blanka # 2 , 2009
60 x 40 cm
Photography

$1,137

François Rouan, Notes de regards, Photography

François Rouan

Notes de regards, 2011
23 x 14.4 cm
Photography

$718

Poppy Faun, Room with a View, Photography

Poppy Faun

Room with a View, 2019
60 x 70 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$620

Michael Thompson, Keira Knightley, London, Photography

Michael Thompson

Keira Knightley, London, 2007
80.3 x 49.5 cm
Photography

$10,500

Renée Jacobs, Amy on the rocks, Photography

Renée Jacobs

Amy on the rocks, 2006
43.2 x 55.9 cm
Photography

$1,795

Ulrike Bolenz, Flukroute, Photography

Ulrike Bolenz

Flukroute, 2017
30 x 30 x 3 cm
Photography

$1,376

Françoise Benomar, Masque à rebours, Photography

Françoise Benomar

Masque à rebours, 2019
40 x 60 cm
Photography

$1,556

Koji Kasatani, Life 1, Photography

Koji Kasatani

Life 1, 2019
45 x 57 x 3 cm
Photography

$2,632

Mary McCartney, Covering Kate, Photography

Mary McCartney

Covering Kate, 2004
50.8 x 40.6 cm
Photography

$12,500

Leni Smoragdova, Figure Collection : Dark Version, Photography

Leni Smoragdova

Figure Collection : Dark Version, 2020
100.1 x 100.1 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,573

Our recommendations Erwin Blumenfeld, New York, 1957 (Attributed to Erwin Blumenfeld), Photography

Erwin Blumenfeld

New York, 1957 (Attributed to Erwin Blumenfeld), 1957
35.3 x 28.1 x 2.5 cm
Photography

$4,000

Sarkis, La honte, Photography

Sarkis

La honte, 2013
12 x 21 cm
Photography

$538

Sakhile Cebekhulu, Vuma Agree, Photography

Sakhile Cebekhulu

Vuma Agree, 2019
100 x 83 x 4 cm
Photography

$3,590

Pierre Molinier, L'homme au sabre, Photography

Pierre Molinier

L'homme au sabre, 1966
17.3 x 10.4 cm
Photography

5,000 - $ 10,000

Javier Vallhonrat, 'Homenajes' Portfolio, 11 Silver Gelatin Prints, Photography

Javier Vallhonrat

'Homenajes' Portfolio, 11 Silver Gelatin Prints, 1983
114.3 x 121.9 cm
Photography

$15,600

Delphine Diallo, Afropunk, Photography

Delphine Diallo

Afropunk, 2016
75 x 50 x 2 cm
Photography

$3,590

Our recommendations Nicolas Dubreuille, Eléa, Photography

Nicolas Dubreuille

Eléa, 2018
60 x 60 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,573

Stefano Brunesci, Lazy Afternoon 1, Photography

Stefano Brunesci

Lazy Afternoon 1, 2015
28 x 18.6 cm
Photography

$538

Allan Teger, Airplane - black and white photography, Photography

Allan Teger

Airplane - black and white photography, 2017
60 x 90 cm
Photography

$1,795

Dan Carabas, Anika II, Photography

Dan Carabas

Anika II, 2012
47 x 32 cm
Photography

$850

Our recommendations Rasmus Mogensen, Sans titre, Photography

Rasmus Mogensen

Sans titre, 2018
133 x 100 cm
Photography

$7,179

Dwayne Martin, Blind Faith, Photography

Dwayne Martin

Blind Faith, 2019
45.7 x 40.6 cm
Photography

$957

Ludovic Florent, Poussières d'étoiles - L'obsession d'Icare, Photography

Ludovic Florent

Poussières d'étoiles - L'obsession d'Icare, 2013
60 x 40 x 3 cm
Photography

$957

Olivier Lelong, Medical Whore, Photography

Olivier Lelong

Medical Whore, 2013
90 x 60 x 2 cm
Photography

$1,436

Boris Hoppek, Sin Título / Untitled (*3), Photography

Boris Hoppek

Sin Título / Untitled (*3), 2014
70 x 50 cm
Photography

$1,005

Clémence Veilhan, Chewing Girls - Julie, Photography

Clémence Veilhan

Chewing Girls - Julie, 2008
30 x 20 cm
Photography

$718

Mira Loew, Damsel with Purple Neck Piece, Photography

Mira Loew

Damsel with Purple Neck Piece, 2012
38.1 x 38.1 x 2.5 cm
Photography

$628

Meïdhy Bichon, Mouvements naturels 02, Photography

Meïdhy Bichon

Mouvements naturels 02, 2019
40 x 30 cm
Photography

$467

Jean-Pierre Bourgeois, Charmaine, Photography

Jean-Pierre Bourgeois

Charmaine, 1994
50 x 70 x 1 cm
Photography

$467

Ant Pearce, 2015-07-01 at 01.01.33, Photography

Ant Pearce

2015-07-01 at 01.01.33, 2015
84 x 60 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,795

Our recommendations Dana Winkelman, An obsession with bones, Photography

Dana Winkelman

An obsession with bones, 2016
40.6 x 50.8 cm
Photography

$957

Irina Ionesco, Myriam pour New look - 6, Photography

Irina Ionesco

Myriam pour New look - 6, 1987
26.2 x 17.7 cm
Photography

$467

Edoardo Montaina, Paolina Borghese, Photography

Edoardo Montaina

Paolina Borghese, 2014
30.7 x 61.1 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$3,470

Douglas Ross, Turning Point, Photography

Douglas Ross

Turning Point, 2019
40.6 x 50.8 cm
Photography

$957

Silke Seybold, Bogies , Photography

Silke Seybold

Bogies , 2013
40 x 40 cm
Photography

$1,197

Roger Rossell, EBD - Invocation 2, Photography

Roger Rossell

EBD - Invocation 2, 2018
40 x 27 cm
Photography

$1,795

Bianca Lee Vasquez, Série Amazonas, Photography

Bianca Lee Vasquez

Série Amazonas, 2017
36 x 53 cm
Photography

$1,436

Plinio Martelli, Christmas, Photography

Plinio Martelli

Christmas, 2012
48 x 33 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$718

Robert Graham, Dye Transfer Study, Photography

Robert Graham

Dye Transfer Study, 1970
24 x 28 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$1,017

Alessandro Biancheri, Sans titre, Photography

Alessandro Biancheri

Sans titre, 2017
70 x 70 x 1 cm
Photography

$718

Patrick Strajnic, Glo II, Photography

Patrick Strajnic

Glo II, 2021
50 x 50 x 4 cm
Photography

$838

Harold Hermann, À corps écrits (1), Photography

Harold Hermann

À corps écrits (1), 2019
40 x 60 x 1 cm
Photography

$802

Agnès Godard, My Favorite Dance - Série 1 #2, Photography

Agnès Godard

My Favorite Dance - Série 1 #2, 2015
39 x 29 cm
Photography

$1,436

Marco Binisti, Vingt quatre, Photography

Marco Binisti

Vingt quatre, 1992
40 x 50 cm
Photography

$1,077

Manon Couse, CS1kong, Photography

Manon Couse

CS1kong, 2016
60 x 88 x 2 cm
Photography

$2,273

Francis Coffinet, La nuit triangulaire, Photography

Francis Coffinet

La nuit triangulaire, 2015
44 x 23 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,273

Rodrigo Chapa, Blue / Carmine, Photography

Rodrigo Chapa

Blue / Carmine, 2019
147.3 x 111.8 x 2.5 cm
Photography

$5,500

Valerio Cancellier, La natura nera - tatuaggio su genitale femminile, Photography

Valerio Cancellier

La natura nera - tatuaggio su genitale femminile, 2020
30 x 40 x 2 cm
Photography

$1,053

Ed Freeman, Underwater Nude 40, Photography

Ed Freeman

Underwater Nude 40, 2019
48 x 38 x 0.01 cm
Photography

$706

Yang Wang, Natacha, Photography

Yang Wang

Natacha, 2009
230 x 110 cm
Photography

Sold

Georges Levy, Salon, Photography

Georges Levy

Salon, 2010
50 x 60 x 5 cm
Photography

$718

Eric Ceccarini, Paul Raynal 01 - The Painters Project, Photography

Eric Ceccarini

Paul Raynal 01 - The Painters Project, 2016
160 x 106 x 5 cm
Photography

$9,692

Gaspard Noël, J'ai vogué sur un Iceberg, Photography

Gaspard Noël

J'ai vogué sur un Iceberg, 2015
90 x 180 x 1 cm
Photography

$9,572

Our recommendations Philippe Robert, Carla Bruni Sarkozy, Harper's Bazaar, Photography

Philippe Robert

Carla Bruni Sarkozy, Harper's Bazaar, 1992
100 x 75 cm
Photography

$9,572

Tran Huy Hoan, Lady on Raft, Photography

Tran Huy Hoan

Lady on Raft, 2018
76.2 x 104.1 x 0.6 cm
Photography

$4,000

Philippe Dutoit, Montreux Jazz Festival 1983, Photography

Philippe Dutoit

Montreux Jazz Festival 1983, 2016
40 x 30 cm
Photography

$957

Aldara Ortega, Nude 5 - underwater color photography, Photography

Aldara Ortega

Nude 5 - underwater color photography, 2016
76 x 115 x 1 cm
Photography

$5,025

Bayol-Thémines, L'Attente, Photography

Bayol-Thémines

L'Attente, 1997
25 x 22 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$1,436

David Hamilton, Le Nu, Photography

David Hamilton

Le Nu, 1986
59 x 45 x 1 cm
Photography

$335

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