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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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Gum, On the Trône, Photography

Gum

On the Trône, 2021
29.5 x 22 inch
Photography

$316

Richard Heeps, Scientific Sexology, Milan, Photography

Richard Heeps

Scientific Sexology, Milan, 2018
29.5 x 24 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$876

Joss Uñac, hôtel de l'orange, Photography

Joss Uñac

hôtel de l'orange, 2021
11.8 x 17.7 inch
Photography

$272

Joss Uñac, La chambre, Photography

Joss Uñac

La chambre, 2021
11.8 x 17.7 inch
Photography

$272

Joss Uñac, Jardin avec vue, Photography

Joss Uñac

Jardin avec vue, 2021
11.8 x 17.7 inch
Photography

$272

Joss Uñac, Green Eyleen, Photography

Joss Uñac

Green Eyleen, 2021
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$746

Agnès Godard, My Favorite Dance - Série 7 #1, Photography

Agnès Godard

My Favorite Dance - Série 7 #1, 2015
15.4 x 11.4 inch
Photography

$1,518

Larry Clark, Sans titre 2 (Jonathan), Photography

Larry Clark

Sans titre 2 (Jonathan), 2005
7.1 x 5.1 x 0 inch
Photography

$443

Harold Hermann, À corps écrits (1), Photography

Harold Hermann

À corps écrits (1), 2019
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$847

Yevgeniy Repiashenko, No title (No 40), Photography

Yevgeniy Repiashenko

No title (No 40), 2016
35.8 x 35.8 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,284

Douglas Ross, Bliss, Photography

Douglas Ross

Bliss, 2019
16 x 20 inch
Photography

$936 $1,075

Gum, Untitled, Photography

Gum

Untitled, 2021
29.5 x 20.6 inch
Photography

$316

Patrick Lajoie, Some Like it Hot No.2, Photography

Patrick Lajoie

Some Like it Hot No.2, 2020
36 x 48 x 1.5 inch
Photography

$2,800

Grzegorz Sikorski, Would you swim with me? XVI, Photography

Grzegorz Sikorski

Would you swim with me? XVI, 2021
20.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$240

Grzegorz Sikorski, Would you swim with me? XV, Photography

Grzegorz Sikorski

Would you swim with me? XV, 2021
20.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$240

Grzegorz Sikorski, Would you swim with me? XIV, Photography

Grzegorz Sikorski

Would you swim with me? XIV, 2021
20.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$240

Gum, Sponge Bob, Photography

Gum

Sponge Bob, 2021
19.7 x 29.5 inch
Photography

$316

Gum, EL profesor, Photography

Gum

EL profesor, 2021
29.5 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$316

Ifig, Jungle Fever (Série), Photography

Ifig

Jungle Fever (Série), 2021
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$632

Ifig, Jungle fever (Série), Photography

Ifig

Jungle fever (Série), 2021
11.8 x 16.5 inch
Photography

$632

Ifig, Jungle Fever (Série), Photography

Ifig

Jungle Fever (Série), 2021
11.8 x 16.5 inch
Photography

$632

Ifig, Jungle fever (Série), Photography

Ifig

Jungle fever (Série), 2021
11.8 x 16.5 inch
Photography

$632

Ifig, Jungle Fever (série), Photography

Ifig

Jungle Fever (série), 2021
11.8 x 16.5 inch
Photography

$632

Ifig, Jungle Fever (Série), Photography

Ifig

Jungle Fever (Série), 2021
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$632

Ifig, Jungle Fever (série), Photography

Ifig

Jungle Fever (série), 2021
11.8 x 16.5 inch
Photography

$632

Cody Choi, Self Portrait #1, Photography

Cody Choi

Self Portrait #1, 2016
40.9 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$6,329

Tyler Shields, Coffee & Cigarettes, Photography

Tyler Shields

Coffee & Cigarettes, 2017
18 x 18 x 0.5 inch
Photography

$2,944

Kirsten Thys van den Audenaerde, Lust for life, Photography

Kirsten Thys van den Audenaerde

Lust for life, 2021
7.9 x 7.9 x 0 inch
Photography

$531

Kirsten Thys van den Audenaerde, Family affair, Photography

Kirsten Thys van den Audenaerde

Family affair, 2021
7.9 x 7.9 x 0 inch
Photography

$481

Kirsten Thys van den Audenaerde, Figment, Photography

Kirsten Thys van den Audenaerde

Figment, 2021
9.8 x 7.9 x 0 inch
Photography

$531

Kirsten Thys van den Audenaerde, Algebra, Photography

Kirsten Thys van den Audenaerde

Algebra, 2021
9.8 x 7.9 x 0 inch
Photography

$531

Leila Boucif, Let me dance, Photography

Leila Boucif

Let me dance, 2017
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$746

Dasha & Mari, Candy Girl, Photography

Dasha & Mari

Candy Girl, 2015
20 x 16 inch
Photography

$974 $1,201

Clare Marie Bailey, The Dead of the Night, Photography

Clare Marie Bailey

The Dead of the Night, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$632

Jean-Claude Byandb, According to Jean Honore Fragonard, Photography

Jean-Claude Byandb

According to Jean Honore Fragonard, 2018
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$620

Jean-Claude Byandb, According to Joan Miro, Photography

Jean-Claude Byandb

According to Joan Miro, 2018
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$620

Leanne Surfleet, Self-Portrait, Photography

Leanne Surfleet

Self-Portrait, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$949

Leanne Surfleet, Self-Portrait, Photography

Leanne Surfleet

Self-Portrait, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$949

Leanne Surfleet, Self-Portrait, Photography

Leanne Surfleet

Self-Portrait, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$949

Leanne Surfleet, Self-Portrait, Photography

Leanne Surfleet

Self-Portrait, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$949

Leanne Surfleet, Self-Portrait, Photography

Leanne Surfleet

Self-Portrait, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$949

Clara Delaporte, La baptême, Photography

Clara Delaporte

La baptême, 2020
35.4 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$3,541

Lucia Tallová, Paris Diary, Photography

Lucia Tallová

Paris Diary, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$2,277

Shinji Nagabe, Carte de bonne conduite pour hommes. L'inapproprié, Photography

Shinji Nagabe

Carte de bonne conduite pour hommes. L'inapproprié, 2018
23.6 x 14.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$841

Shinji Nagabe, Carte de bonne conduite pour hommes. Le toxicomane, Photography

Shinji Nagabe

Carte de bonne conduite pour hommes. Le toxicomane, 2018
23.6 x 14.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$841

Shinji Nagabe, Carte de bonne conduite pour femmes. L'obscénité, Photography

Shinji Nagabe

Carte de bonne conduite pour femmes. L'obscénité, 2018
23.6 x 14.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$841

Shinji Nagabe, Carte de bonne conduite pour femmes. La tentation, Photography

Shinji Nagabe

Carte de bonne conduite pour femmes. La tentation, 2018
23.6 x 14.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$841

Shinji Nagabe, Carte de bonne conduite pour femmes. La saleté, Photography

Shinji Nagabe

Carte de bonne conduite pour femmes. La saleté, 2018
23.6 x 14.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$841

Clara Delaporte, Le concert, Photography

Clara Delaporte

Le concert, 2016
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,024

Clara Delaporte, L'intimité, Photography

Clara Delaporte

L'intimité, 2021
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$443

Clara Delaporte, La cavalière, Photography

Clara Delaporte

La cavalière, 2019
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,024

Hélène Guetary, Danse des Voiles 1, de la série "Hypnopompia" [polaroid unique], Photography

Hélène Guetary

Danse des Voiles 1, de la série "Hypnopompia" [polaroid unique], 1983
23.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$3,794

Clara Delaporte, La cuisine, Photography

Clara Delaporte

La cuisine, 2018
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,024

Thierry Parhad, Liberté | Coco, Photography

Thierry Parhad

Liberté | Coco, 2009
19.7 x 29.5 x 0.3 inch
Photography

$1,239

Thierry Parhad, Grand final, Photography

Thierry Parhad

Grand final, 2009
11.8 x 35.4 x 0.3 inch
Photography

$1,012

Thierry Parhad, Fumoir| Linsey, Photography

Thierry Parhad

Fumoir| Linsey, 2009
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.3 inch
Photography

$1,669

Thierry Parhad, Duo| David et Sarha, Photography

Thierry Parhad

Duo| David et Sarha, 2009
19.7 x 29.5 x 0.3 inch
Photography

$1,239

Thierry Parhad, De l'autre côté du rideau | Jolene, Photography

Thierry Parhad

De l'autre côté du rideau | Jolene, 2009
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.3 inch
Photography

$2,024

Agnès Godard, My Favorite Dance - Série 7 #5, Photography

Agnès Godard

My Favorite Dance - Série 7 #5, 2015
15.4 x 11.4 inch
Photography

$1,518

Pierre-François O, Shape, Photography

Pierre-François O

Shape, 2020
15.7 x 10.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$341

Pierre-François O, Nature morte monochrome, Photography

Pierre-François O

Nature morte monochrome, 2020
19.3 x 14.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$405

Thierry Dubrunfaut, Nude-15erot3, Photography

Thierry Dubrunfaut

Nude-15erot3, 2008
8.3 x 12.2 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$3,035

Agnès Godard, My Favorite Dance - Série 5 #2, Photography

Agnès Godard

My Favorite Dance - Série 5 #2, 2015
15.4 x 11.4 inch
Photography

$1,518

Agnès Godard, My Favorite Dance - Série 5 #1, Photography

Agnès Godard

My Favorite Dance - Série 5 #1, 2015
15.4 x 11.4 inch
Photography

$1,518

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