Nude photography did not begin with Playboy. Until the advent of photographic reproduction in the mid-nineteenth century, portrayal of the naked body - preferably female - was the painter's prerogative. Whereas painting usually veiled sensuality with religious or mythological connotations, nude photography revealed it directly and without inhibition. Although classic fine art poses are often copied, the photographic model's inviting expression or lascivious gesture addresses the observer much more immediately. A woman you can almost touch, yet who is captured only on paper... The erotically suggestive aura of these pictures has not lost its subtle effect even today.
German, English, French - 200 Pages - 20 cm x 2 cm x 25.6 cm - 0.9 Kg
The artistic collaboration of photographer Bettina Rheims and writer/art critic Serge Bramly began in 1991 with Chambre Close. It lives off the stimulating contrast between text and images. The cultivated literary tone of Monsieur X's fictional "confessions" is set against photographs that speak a far clearer language. Bettina Rheims has a command of this language, which tells of female eroticism and exhibitionism as no one else does.
English - 152 Pages - 24.5 cm x 2 cm x 29.8 cm - 1.3 Kg
Hatje Kantz, 2013
Nadav Kander (born 1961) is an Israeli-born, London-based artist, director and photographer, internationally renowned for his landscapes and portraiture. His latest photographic series, Bodies, consists of nudes painted white against a black backdrop, their faces tuned away from the viewer. Accessories are minimal, as is the aesthetic; yet, at the same time, the arrangement makes the sitters’ mostly voluptuous bodies seem baroque. Despite the abundance of flesh on display, the images lack a superficial sense of the erotic; the white makeup and lack of eye contact function as barriers, and the massiveness of the limbs recalls the work of Hans Bellmer and Lucian Freud. Like Bellmer and Freud, Kander presents us with a simulacrum of sensuality, questioning our images of the human body as well as the concept of beauty itself.English - 104 Pages - 38 cm x 2.5 cm x 27.5 cm - 2 Kg
Since the early 1980s, Bettina Rheims has been the most sought-after French photographer. From her very beginnings, the female body has been the central focus of her work. Her unusual and provocative portraits and nude images each reveal a hidden part of the subject. She regularly caused stirs with projects such as Chambre close (1992), the story of a Paris voyeur watching women in hotels; KIM, a documentary on a transsexual; I.N. R. I. (1999), a sequence on the life of Christ, Shanghai (2004), featuring women in the midst of a powerful cultural, economic and spiritual evolution, and, most recently, Heroines (2006). This volume is a Best Of... survey of Bettina Rheims' photographic oeuvre of 30 years.
English - 136 Pages - 22 cm x 1.4 cm x 26.8 cm - 0.5 Kg
Antoine d' Agata
Editions Xavier Barral, 2013
Cet ouvrage fait partie du triptyque élaboré par le photographe Antoine d'Agata, accompagné d'un film et d'une exposition. Les trois volets de ce projet décrivent les errances d'un homme et forment un parcours autobiographique rythmé par 9 stations : errance, ivresse, désir, chair, jouissance, chute, excès, orgie et agonie.
FR - 560 Pages - 20.6 cm x 5.1 cm x 27 cm - 2.2 Kg