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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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Allan Teger, Fly fishing - black and white photography, Photography

Allan Teger

Fly fishing - black and white photography, 2018
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,808

Jean-Pierre Bourgeois, Charmaine, Photography

Jean-Pierre Bourgeois

Charmaine, 1994
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$470

Our recommendations Rasmus Mogensen, Sans titre, Photography

Rasmus Mogensen

Sans titre, 2018
52.4 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$7,232

François Rouan, Notes de regards, Photography

François Rouan

Notes de regards, 2011
8.7 x 5.7 inch
Photography

$723

Jean-Francois Lefranc, Blanka # 2 , Photography

Jean-Francois Lefranc

Blanka # 2 , 2009
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$1,145

Plinio Martelli, Christmas, Photography

Plinio Martelli

Christmas, 2012
18.9 x 13 x 0 inch
Photography

$723

Poppy Faun, Room with a View, Photography

Poppy Faun

Room with a View, 2019
23.6 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$628

Robert Graham, Dye Transfer Study, Photography

Robert Graham

Dye Transfer Study, 1970
9.4 x 11 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,025

Françoise Benomar, Masque à rebours, Photography

Françoise Benomar

Masque à rebours, 2019
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,567

Koji Kasatani, Life 1, Photography

Koji Kasatani

Life 1, 2019
17.7 x 22.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,652

Ulrike Bolenz, Flukroute, Photography

Ulrike Bolenz

Flukroute, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,386

Leni Smoragdova, Figure Collection : Dark version, Photography

Leni Smoragdova

Figure Collection : Dark version, 2020
29.5 x 43.3 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,591

Edoardo Montaina, Paolina Borghese, Photography

Edoardo Montaina

Paolina Borghese, 2014
12.1 x 24.1 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$3,495

Remi Rebillard, Féminitude, Photography

Remi Rebillard

Féminitude, 2018
21.7 x 31.1 inch
Photography

$6,268

Pierre Molinier, L'homme au sabre, Photography

Pierre Molinier

L'homme au sabre, 1966
6.8 x 4.1 inch
Photography

5,000 - $ 10,000

Sakhile Cebekhulu, Vuma Agree, Photography

Sakhile Cebekhulu

Vuma Agree, 2019
39.4 x 32.7 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$3,616

Gum, Acid Candy, Photography

Gum

Acid Candy, 2021
29.5 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$301

Stefano Brunesci, Lazy Afternoon 1, Photography

Stefano Brunesci

Lazy Afternoon 1, 2015
11 x 7.3 inch
Photography

$542

Our recommendations Nicolas Dubreuille, Eléa, Photography

Nicolas Dubreuille

Eléa, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,591

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

Ludovic Florent

Poussières d'étoiles - L'obsession d'Icare, 2013
23.6 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$964

Vadim Stein, Cube Nude I, Photography

Vadim Stein

Cube Nude I, 2020
16 x 20 inch
Photography

$1,175

Olivier Lelong, Medical Whore, Photography

Olivier Lelong

Medical Whore, 2013
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$1,446

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

Boris Hoppek

Sin Título / Untitled (*3), 2014
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$1,012

Dwayne Martin, Blind Faith, Photography

Dwayne Martin

Blind Faith, 2019
18 x 16 inch
Photography

$964

Willy Ronis, Le nu provençal, Photography

Willy Ronis

Le nu provençal, 1949
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$6,027

David Hamilton, Le Nu, Photography

David Hamilton

Le Nu, 1986
23.2 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$337

Mira Loew, Damsel with Purple Neck Piece, Photography

Mira Loew

Damsel with Purple Neck Piece, 2012
15 x 15 x 1 inch
Photography

$633

Irina Ionesco, Myriam pour New look - 6, Photography

Irina Ionesco

Myriam pour New look - 6, 1987
10.3 x 7 inch
Photography

$470

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

Ant Pearce

2015-07-01 at 01.01.33, 2015
33.1 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,808

Marek Gardulski, Untitled, Photography

Marek Gardulski

Untitled, 1983
21.3 x 14.2 inch
Photography

$1,025

Agnès Godard, My Favorite Dance - Série 4 #6, Photography

Agnès Godard

My Favorite Dance - Série 4 #6, 2015
15.4 x 11.4 inch
Photography

$1,446

Our recommendations Dana Winkelman, Crucifixion, Photography

Dana Winkelman

Crucifixion, 2017
16 x 20 inch
Photography

$964

Douglas Ross, Turning Point, Photography

Douglas Ross

Turning Point, 2019
16 x 20 inch
Photography

$964

Renée Jacobs, Fleur with car in Montmartre, Photography

Renée Jacobs

Fleur with car in Montmartre, 2011
22 x 17 inch
Photography

$1,808

Silke Seybold, Bogies , Photography

Silke Seybold

Bogies , 2013
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$1,205

Roger Rossell, EBD - Invocation 2, Photography

Roger Rossell

EBD - Invocation 2, 2018
15.7 x 10.6 inch
Photography

$1,808

Bianca Lee Vasquez, Série Amazonas, Photography

Bianca Lee Vasquez

Série Amazonas, 2017
14.2 x 20.9 inch
Photography

$1,446

Clémence Veilhan, Chewing Girls - Julie, Photography

Clémence Veilhan

Chewing Girls - Julie, 2008
11.8 x 7.9 inch
Photography

$723

Patrick Strajnic, Glo V GF, Photography

Patrick Strajnic

Glo V GF, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$1,555

Ed Freeman, Underwater Nude 40, Photography

Ed Freeman

Underwater Nude 40, 2019
18.9 x 15 x 0 inch
Photography

$711

Francis Coffinet, La nuit triangulaire, Photography

Francis Coffinet

La nuit triangulaire, 2015
17.3 x 9.1 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,290

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

Valerio Cancellier

La natura nera - tatuaggio su genitale femminile, 2020
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$1,061

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

Erwin Blumenfeld

New York, 1957 (Attributed to Erwin Blumenfeld), 1957
13.91 x 11.08 x 1 inch
Photography

$4,000

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

Eric Ceccarini

Paul Raynal 01 - The Painters Project, 2016
63 x 41.7 x 2 inch
Photography

$9,763

Harold Hermann, À corps écrits (1), Photography

Harold Hermann

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

$808

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

Gaspard Noël

J'ai vogué sur un Iceberg, 2015
35.4 x 70.9 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$9,642

Alessandro Biancheri, Sans titre, Photography

Alessandro Biancheri

Sans titre, 2017
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$723

Manon Couse, CS1kong, Photography

Manon Couse

CS1kong, 2016
23.6 x 34.6 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$2,290

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

Philippe Robert

Carla Bruni Sarkozy, Harper's Bazaar, 1992
39.4 x 29.5 inch
Photography

$9,642

Aldara Ortega, Nude 5 - underwater color photography, Photography

Aldara Ortega

Nude 5 - underwater color photography, 2016
29.9 x 45.3 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$5,062

Bayol-Thémines, L'Attente, Photography

Bayol-Thémines

L'Attente, 1997
9.8 x 8.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,446

Rodrigo Chapa, Blue / Carmine, Photography

Rodrigo Chapa

Blue / Carmine, 2019
58 x 44 x 1 inch
Photography

$5,500

Georges Levy, Salon, Photography

Georges Levy

Salon, 2010
19.7 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Photography

$723

Olivier Valsecchi, Dust #1, Photography

Olivier Valsecchi

Dust #1, 2009
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$3,616

Our recommendations Ryszard Horowitz, La main, Photography

Ryszard Horowitz

La main, 1972
23.2 x 18.1 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$2,411

Gao Brothers, High place 5, Photography

Gao Brothers

High place 5, 2004
94.5 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$15,066

Philippe Dutoit, Montreux Jazz Festival 1983, Photography

Philippe Dutoit

Montreux Jazz Festival 1983, 2016
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$964

Alexandra Mas, À moi, Photography

Alexandra Mas

À moi, 2014
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$5,424

Julia Buruleva, BePartOfArt - Color Therapy 02, Photography

Julia Buruleva

BePartOfArt - Color Therapy 02, 2021
39.4 x 26.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,652

Michael Thompson, Keira Knightley, London, Photography

Michael Thompson

Keira Knightley, London, 2007
31.6 x 19.5 inch
Photography

$10,500

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

Javier Vallhonrat

'Homenajes' Portfolio, 11 Silver Gelatin Prints, 1983
45 x 48 inch
Photography

$15,600

Jérémie Mazenq, Deux Point Zéro, Photography

Jérémie Mazenq

Deux Point Zéro, 2015
31.5 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$3,134

Juno Calypso, Sofa, Photography

Juno Calypso

Sofa, 2019
11.8 x 16.1 inch
Photography

$2,964

Sergueï Paradjanov, Portfolio, Photography

Sergueï Paradjanov

Portfolio, 2012
19.7 x 15.7 x 2.8 inch
Photography

$3,616

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