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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.

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Fine Art Photographs

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Suki Da, No title (No 67), Photography

Suki Da

No title (No 67), 2021
120 x 80 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$1,484

Juno Calypso, Sofa, Photography

Juno Calypso

Sofa, 2019
30 x 41 cm
Photography

$3,024

Lesya Rozova, Wicked game, Photography

Lesya Rozova

Wicked game, 2020
90 x 60 x 0.5 cm
Photography

$418

Julia Buruleva, Sand&Sugar 02, Photography

Julia Buruleva

Sand&Sugar 02, 2021
100 x 67 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,720

Andreas Sundgren, Gabriella #1, Photography

Andreas Sundgren

Gabriella #1, 2020
80 x 120 x 1 cm
Photography

$3,312

Michael Thompson, Keira Knightley, London, Photography

Michael Thompson

Keira Knightley, London, 2007
80.3 x 49.5 cm
Photography

$10,500

Mary McCartney, Covering Kate, Photography

Mary McCartney

Covering Kate, 2004
50.8 x 40.6 cm
Photography

$12,500

Andreas Sundgren, Martina, Photography

Andreas Sundgren

Martina, 2020
140 x 105 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$3,744

Andreas Sundgren, Alexandra, Photography

Andreas Sundgren

Alexandra, 2020
105 x 140 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$3,744

Andreas Sundgren, Paulina #2, Photography

Andreas Sundgren

Paulina #2, 2020
120 x 160 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$3,744

Andreas Sundgren, Anton # 1, Photography

Andreas Sundgren

Anton # 1, 2020
140 x 105 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$3,456

Andreas Sundgren, The Artist, Photography

Andreas Sundgren

The Artist, 2020
140 x 105 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$3,744

Laurence Winram, Sophie VI, Photography

Laurence Winram

Sophie VI, 2015
84.1 x 59.4 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$691

Laurence Winram, Sophie II, Photography

Laurence Winram

Sophie II, 2015
84.1 x 59.4 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$691

Laurence Winram, Irida XIII, Photography

Laurence Winram

Irida XIII, 2020
84.1 x 59.4 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$691

Laurence Winram, Irida XII, Photography

Laurence Winram

Irida XII, 2020
84.1 x 59.4 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$691

Laurence Winram, Katerina III, Photography

Laurence Winram

Katerina III, 2018
84.1 x 59.4 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$691

Laurence Winram, Diana VI, Photography

Laurence Winram

Diana VI, 2019
84.1 x 59.4 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$691

Laurence Winram, Roarie XXVI, Photography

Laurence Winram

Roarie XXVI, 2017
84.1 x 59.4 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$691

Laurence Winram, Angel IV, Photography

Laurence Winram

Angel IV, 2017
84.1 x 59.4 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$691

David Djian, Chill bath, Photography

David Djian

Chill bath, 2021
66.66 x 100 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$1,484

Andreas Sundgren, Dance On The Beach, Photography

Andreas Sundgren

Dance On The Beach, 2020
100 x 100 x 1 cm
Photography

$3,312

Andreas Sundgren, Ballerina, Photography

Andreas Sundgren

Ballerina, 2020
106 x 80 x 1 cm
Photography

$3,312

Andreas Sundgren, Gabriella, Photography

Andreas Sundgren

Gabriella, 2020
120 x 80 x 1 cm
Photography

$3,312

Laurence Winram, Irida IV, Photography

Laurence Winram

Irida IV, 2020
84.1 x 59.4 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$691

Laurence Winram, Irida III, Photography

Laurence Winram

Irida III, 2020
84.1 x 59.4 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$691

Laurence Winram, Roarie XXIV, Photography

Laurence Winram

Roarie XXIV, 2016
84.1 x 59.4 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$691

Laurence Winram, Sophia IV, Photography

Laurence Winram

Sophia IV, 2017
84.1 x 59.4 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$691

Anthony Horth, Aphrodite's Dream, Photography

Anthony Horth

Aphrodite's Dream, 2019
50.8 x 71 x 2.5 cm
Photography

$900

Faie Davis, Mukuaita wearing ker ungava hairstyle. Angola, Photography

Faie Davis

Mukuaita wearing ker ungava hairstyle. Angola, 2019
61 x 58.5 x 2.5 cm
Photography

$975

Faie Davis, Nguengalengo boy with chicken, Photography

Faie Davis

Nguengalengo boy with chicken, 2019
61 x 58 x 2.5 cm
Photography

$975

Patrick  Van der Elst, Asservissement 4, Photography

Patrick Van der Elst

Asservissement 4, 2021
114 x 76 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,720

Philippe Bréson, Dans l'atelier #033, Photography

Philippe Bréson

Dans l'atelier #033, 2015
33 x 27 cm
Photography

$900

Van de Camp & Heesterbeek, 2050-22, Photography

Van de Camp & Heesterbeek

2050-22, 2019
100 x 100 x 1 cm
Photography

$4,946

Van de Camp & Heesterbeek, 2050-58, Photography

Van de Camp & Heesterbeek

2050-58, 2019
100 x 100 x 1 cm
Photography

$4,946

Van de Camp & Heesterbeek, 2050-69, Photography

Van de Camp & Heesterbeek

2050-69, 2019
100 x 100 x 1 cm
Photography

$4,328

Philippe Dutoit, Montreux Jazz Festival 1983, Photography

Philippe Dutoit

Montreux Jazz Festival 1983, 2016
40 x 30 cm
Photography

$989

Thierry Dubrunfaut, Nude3, Photography

Thierry Dubrunfaut

Nude3, 2010
36 x 36 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,968

David Djian, Sex Intention, Photography

David Djian

Sex Intention, 2021
100 x 150 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$3,339

Faie Davis, Nguegalengo girl from Garganta, with goat. Angola, Photography

Faie Davis

Nguegalengo girl from Garganta, with goat. Angola, 2019
61 x 58.5 x 2.5 cm
Photography

$975

Faie Davis, Tryptich - The Black on Black Collection, Photography

Faie Davis

Tryptich - The Black on Black Collection, 2019
62.2 x 76.2 x 2.5 cm
Photography

$1,200

Thierry Dubrunfaut, Nude12, Photography

Thierry Dubrunfaut

Nude12, 2013
22 x 31 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,968

Thierry Dubrunfaut, Nude-0126, Photography

Thierry Dubrunfaut

Nude-0126, 2018
31 x 22 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,968

Thierry Dubrunfaut, Nude-3059, Photography

Thierry Dubrunfaut

Nude-3059, 2017
31 x 22 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,968

Thierry Dubrunfaut, Nude 1335, Photography

Thierry Dubrunfaut

Nude 1335, 2017
31 x 22 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,968

Thierry Dubrunfaut, Nude-08925, Photography

Thierry Dubrunfaut

Nude-08925, 2014
22 x 31 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,968

Thierry Dubrunfaut, 04erot, Photography

Thierry Dubrunfaut

04erot, 2008
36 x 36 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,968

Thierry Dubrunfaut, Nude-1285, Photography

Thierry Dubrunfaut

Nude-1285, 2016
22 x 31 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,968

Thierry Dubrunfaut, Nude-5386, Photography

Thierry Dubrunfaut

Nude-5386, 2019
22 x 31 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,968

Thierry Dubrunfaut, Nude-4805, Photography

Thierry Dubrunfaut

Nude-4805, 2019
22 x 31 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,968

Thierry Dubrunfaut, Nude-2341, Photography

Thierry Dubrunfaut

Nude-2341, 2020
22 x 31 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,968

Thierry Dubrunfaut, Nu10, Photography

Thierry Dubrunfaut

Nu10, 2008
22 x 31 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,968

Thierry Dubrunfaut, Nude12, Photography

Thierry Dubrunfaut

Nude12, 2012
22 x 31 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,968

Thierry Dubrunfaut, Nude-H022, Photography

Thierry Dubrunfaut

Nude-H022, 2003
31 x 22 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,968

Madeleine Gross, Pink Umbrella, Photography

Madeleine Gross

Pink Umbrella, 2021
61 x 40.6 x 2.5 cm
Photography

$2,700

Jean-Pierre Duvergé, Éthiopie sud : bull jumping, Photography

Jean-Pierre Duvergé

Éthiopie sud : bull jumping, 2018
30 x 40 x 2 cm
Photography

$495

Madeleine Gross, Summer Morning, Photography

Madeleine Gross

Summer Morning, 2020
76.2 x 50.8 x 2.5 cm
Photography

$2,700

Madeleine Gross, Moonlight, Photography

Madeleine Gross

Moonlight, 2021
61 x 40.6 x 2.5 cm
Photography

$2,800

Madeleine Gross, Untitled (Lake Silhouette), Photography

Madeleine Gross

Untitled (Lake Silhouette), 2020
76.2 x 50.8 x 2.5 cm
Photography

$2,600

Madeleine Gross, Palette waves, Photography

Madeleine Gross

Palette waves, 2020
61 x 40.6 x 2.5 cm
Photography

$2,800

Patrick  Van der Elst, Swimming lesson, Photography

Patrick Van der Elst

Swimming lesson, 2021
76 x 114 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,720

Dennis Church, Sculpture after Matisse, Key West, Florida USA, Photography

Dennis Church

Sculpture after Matisse, Key West, Florida USA, 2008
18.67 x 28 cm
Photography

$433

Richard Heeps, Burlesque Series, Delilah Right Red Hand I, The Whoopee Club, London, Photography

Richard Heeps

Burlesque Series, Delilah Right Red Hand I, The Whoopee Club, London, 2003
93 x 61 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$857

Richard Heeps, Jersey Girls III, Wildwood, New Jersey, Photography

Richard Heeps

Jersey Girls III, Wildwood, New Jersey, 2013
34 x 51 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$374

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