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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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Dani Olivier, Q1, Photography

Dani Olivier

Q1, 2013
60 x 40 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,756

Laura Makabresku, The Anatomy Lesson (Le Cours d'Anatomie), Photography

Laura Makabresku

The Anatomy Lesson (Le Cours d'Anatomie), 2015
30 x 20 cm
Photography

$408

Laura Makabresku, His presence (Sa présence), Photography

Laura Makabresku

His presence (Sa présence), 2018
60 x 40 cm
Photography

$972

Dani Olivier, A4, Photography

Dani Olivier

A4, 2013
90 x 60 x 1 cm
Photography

$3,387

Dani Olivier, Sun, Photography

Dani Olivier

Sun, 2013
60 x 40 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,756

Dani Olivier, Linéogramme soleil, Photography

Dani Olivier

Linéogramme soleil, 2013
60 x 40 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,756

Dani Olivier, Nu Coeur, Photography

Dani Olivier

Nu Coeur, 2013
120 x 80 x 1 cm
Photography

$6,273

David Jay, RED! (Polyptych) Installation #1-7-6-4-12 face-mounted on non-glare plexiglass, Photography

David Jay

RED! (Polyptych) Installation #1-7-6-4-12 face-mounted on non-glare plexiglass, 2016
152.4 x 508 x 5.1 cm
Photography

$15,300

Gum, Barbara klit, Photography

Gum

Barbara klit, 2021
75 x 54.42 cm
Photography

$314

Fabien Novarino, Ava by the sea, Photography

Fabien Novarino

Ava by the sea, 2021
80 x 80 x 2 cm
Photography

$878

Fabien Novarino, Dreaming Paris, Photography

Fabien Novarino

Dreaming Paris, 2020
80 x 80 x 2 cm
Photography

$878

Fabien Novarino, Tatooed, Photography

Fabien Novarino

Tatooed, 2020
80 x 80 x 2 cm
Photography

$878

Gum, Up & Down, Photography

Gum

Up & Down, 2021
75 x 50 cm
Photography

$314

Gum, Fuck growing up, Photography

Gum

Fuck growing up, 2021
51 x 75 cm
Photography

$314

Gum, Vaginarama, Photography

Gum

Vaginarama, 2021
50 x 75 cm
Photography

$314

D-A Woisard, Rendez-vous #6, Photography

D-A Woisard

Rendez-vous #6, 2021
50 x 40 cm
Photography

$1,004

Hervé All, Violaine 08.2009 Lyon, France, Photography

Hervé All

Violaine 08.2009 Lyon, France, 2009
20 x 20 cm
Photography

$201 $502

AJ Barnes, Chained Melody, Photography

AJ Barnes

Chained Melody, 2014
50.8 x 40.6 cm
Photography

$893 $1,004

Our recommendations Laurence Winram, Miranda as Cerynitis, Photography

Laurence Winram

Miranda as Cerynitis, 2016
84.1 x 59.4 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$700

Ricky Cohete, Ancient Man Three, Photography

Ricky Cohete

Ancient Man Three, 2020
91.4 x 61 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$4,000

Ricky Cohete, Ancient Man, Photography

Ricky Cohete

Ancient Man, 2020
91.4 x 61 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$4,000

Ricky Cohete, Ancient Man Two, Photography

Ricky Cohete

Ancient Man Two, 2020
91.4 x 61 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$4,000

AJ Barnes, Sugar, Photography

AJ Barnes

Sugar, 2014
40.6 x 50.8 cm
Photography

$903 $1,004

Marino Parisotto, La Douce Obsession Totale 4, Photography

Marino Parisotto

La Douce Obsession Totale 4, 2016
30 x 40 cm
Photography

$1,255

Ricky Cohete, Sun crown., Photography

Ricky Cohete

Sun crown., 2020
91.4 x 61 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$4,000

Ricky Cohete, Sea crown., Photography

Ricky Cohete

Sea crown., 2020
91.4 x 61 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$4,000

Ricky Cohete, Acto Tres. From the series - Acto Uno, Photography

Ricky Cohete

Acto Tres. From the series - Acto Uno, 2020
76.2 x 50.8 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$2,222

Ricky Cohete, Arena. From the series - Acto Uno, Photography

Ricky Cohete

Arena. From the series - Acto Uno, 2020
50.8 x 76.2 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$2,222

Ricky Cohete, Arena Dos. From the series - Acto Uno, Photography

Ricky Cohete

Arena Dos. From the series - Acto Uno, 2020
50.8 x 76.2 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$2,222

Ricky Cohete, Arena Tres. From the series - Acto Uno, Photography

Ricky Cohete

Arena Tres. From the series - Acto Uno, 2020
50.8 x 76.2 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$2,222

Ricky Cohete, Acto Dos. From the series - Acto Uno, Photography

Ricky Cohete

Acto Dos. From the series - Acto Uno, 2020
76.2 x 50.8 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$2,222

Hervé All, Myrtille 02.06.2011 Paris, France, Photography

Hervé All

Myrtille 02.06.2011 Paris, France, 2011
18.63 x 28 cm
Photography

$502

Hervé All, Myrtille 01.06.2011 Paris, France, Photography

Hervé All

Myrtille 01.06.2011 Paris, France, 2011
18.63 x 28 cm
Photography

$502

Hervé All, Sanae 02.05.2013 Manhattan, New York, USA, Photography

Hervé All

Sanae 02.05.2013 Manhattan, New York, USA, 2013
28 x 18.63 cm
Photography

$502

Hervé All, Sanae 01.05.2013 Manhattan, New York, USA, Photography

Hervé All

Sanae 01.05.2013 Manhattan, New York, USA, 2013
28 x 18.63 cm
Photography

$502

Hervé All, Sanae 03.05.2013 Manhattan, New York, USA, Photography

Hervé All

Sanae 03.05.2013 Manhattan, New York, USA, 2013
13 x 28 cm
Photography

$502

Hervé All, Elodie 09.2013 Chambery, France, Photography

Hervé All

Elodie 09.2013 Chambery, France, 2013
13 x 28 cm
Photography

$502

Hervé All, Magali 08.2011 Villeurbanne, France, Photography

Hervé All

Magali 08.2011 Villeurbanne, France, 2011
18.63 x 28 cm
Photography

$502

Hervé All, Brisa 06.01.2012 Paris, France, Photography

Hervé All

Brisa 06.01.2012 Paris, France, 2012
28 x 18.63 cm
Photography

$502

Hervé All, Brisa 05.01.2012 Paris, France, Photography

Hervé All

Brisa 05.01.2012 Paris, France, 2012
20 x 20 cm
Photography

$502

Hervé All, Brisa 04.01.2012 Paris, France, Photography

Hervé All

Brisa 04.01.2012 Paris, France, 2012
18.63 x 28 cm
Photography

$502

Hervé All, Brisa 03.01.2012 Paris, France, Photography

Hervé All

Brisa 03.01.2012 Paris, France, 2012
18.63 x 28 cm
Photography

$502

Hervé All, Brisa 02.01.2012 Paris, France, Photography

Hervé All

Brisa 02.01.2012 Paris, France, 2012
18.63 x 28 cm
Photography

$502

Hervé All, Brisa - 01.01.2012 Paris, France, Photography

Hervé All

Brisa - 01.01.2012 Paris, France, 2012
18.63 x 28 cm
Photography

$502

Hervé All, Anneso 02.2015 Lyon, France, Photography

Hervé All

Anneso 02.2015 Lyon, France, 2015
18.63 x 28 cm
Photography

$502

Michal Zahornacky, Curves #45, Photography

Michal Zahornacky

Curves #45, 2019
60 x 60 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$1,882

Michal Zahornacky, Curves #54, Photography

Michal Zahornacky

Curves #54, 2020
60 x 60 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$1,882

Michal Zahornacky, Curves #35, Photography

Michal Zahornacky

Curves #35, 2019
60 x 60 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$1,882

Michal Zahornacky, Curves #42, Photography

Michal Zahornacky

Curves #42, 2019
60 x 60 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$1,882

Michal Zahornacky, Curves #47, Photography

Michal Zahornacky

Curves #47, 2019
60 x 60 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$1,882

Michal Zahornacky, Curves #32, Photography

Michal Zahornacky

Curves #32, 2019
60 x 60 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$1,882

Michal Zahornacky, Curves #30, Photography

Michal Zahornacky

Curves #30, 2019
60 x 60 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$1,882

Michal Zahornacky, Curves #13., Photography

Michal Zahornacky

Curves #13., 2019
60 x 60 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$1,882

Ricky Cohete, Him, Photography

Ricky Cohete

Him, 2020
91.4 x 61 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$4,000

Ricky Cohete, Gravite, Photography

Ricky Cohete

Gravite, 2021
76.2 x 50.8 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$2,222

Ricky Cohete, Gravite Four, Photography

Ricky Cohete

Gravite Four, 2021
76.2 x 50.8 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$2,222

Ricky Cohete, Gravite Three, Photography

Ricky Cohete

Gravite Three, 2021
76.2 x 50.8 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$2,222

Ricky Cohete, Gravite Two, Photography

Ricky Cohete

Gravite Two, 2021
76.2 x 50.8 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$2,222

Ricky Cohete, Leger Two, Photography

Ricky Cohete

Leger Two, 2021
76.2 x 50.8 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$2,222

Marino Parisotto, Sensuality 14, Photography

Marino Parisotto

Sensuality 14, 2016
30 x 40 cm
Photography

$1,255

Ricky Cohete, Acto Uno.  From the series - Acto Uno, Photography

Ricky Cohete

Acto Uno. From the series - Acto Uno, 2020
76.2 x 50.8 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$2,222

David Djian, Exit, Photography

David Djian

Exit, 2017
150 x 100 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$2,885

Andreas Fux, Sauna (Moskau 1992), Photography

Andreas Fux

Sauna (Moskau 1992), 1992
23.6 x 35.2 cm
Photography

$3,262

Andreas Fux, Arthur & Sergej (Moskau 1992), Photography

Andreas Fux

Arthur & Sergej (Moskau 1992), 1992
36 x 24 cm
Photography

$3,387

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