Tasteful nude photography is often regarded as high skilled photography as besides technical knowledge and the ability to manipulate light the nude photographer also needs strong communication skills and the ability to build a positive relationship with his model. A modelling contract between photographer and model often includes additional remuneration to the model besides payment and publication rights.
Subgenres and Subjets
“Feminine nudity must be given to men by the teaspoonful, not with a scoop.” (Coco Chanel)
Nude photography divides into three basic forms: the “classic” full nude with a simple background, full nude model where model is completely naked; the detailed nude depicting certain details of the body, abstracting and making them anonymous, and emphasising the forms and structures of the nude; and finally the half nude, where the model is partially clothed or partially wrapped with accessories.
History and development
The nude is a classic subject in art. Already the early high cultures (Egypt, Crete, India among others) knew nude representations. Its development into other representation forms can be pursued from Greek clay to the art of the middle ages and on to the European art of the modern age. Since the renaissance, the study of the nude human body is an intrinsic part of art education at art academies.
Since around 1847 the nude has also become the object of photography, the first nude photographers including Philippe Debussy, E. Delacroix, Eugene Durieu and B. Braquehais. Models were both professionals and prostitutes and photographs were both artistic and “spicy”, which often invited the aversion of moral and law enforcement officers.
Important Nude Photographers
o Bettina Rheims David Bailey o Eric Kroll Helmut Newton o Hans-Peter Muff o Jan Saudek Meister der Koloriertechnik (kolorieren) o Jeanloup Sieff Man Ray o Paul Outerbridge Petter Hegre o Richard Kern Roy Stuart o Robert Mapplethorpe Sam Haskins o Uwe Ommer Günter Blum