Photographing Nudes with Sam Haskins

Erotica // Wednesday, February 04, 2015
South African photographer Sam Haskins, who passed away in 2009, left behind a defining legacy as a key player in mainstream 20th century photography and the sexual liberation of the 1960s. Some of his most notable and influential work was seen in a 1962 book called Five Girls, a study in black and white of the nude female form, and a 1965 book Cowboy Kate which was an adventures photo essay of a model, her hat, and the Wild West. Both captured "the era's sexual freedom and independence," launching his career as a commercial and fashion photographer.

Olya Oleinic for Odiseo Magazine

Erotica // Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Odiseo is a beautiful and intelligent publication from Barcelon's Folch studio that is exploring the "territory of erotic publishing and of erotica itself." Olya Oleinic, an Amsterdam-based photographer has been featured in the last two issues and we love the work!

Mike Spears' Erotic Snaps

Erotica // Thursday, January 29, 2015
Mike Spears was born in the lovely state of Indiana and later grew up in Puerto Rico. He went to film school at Boston University, where his passion for the provocative developed. Brooklyn has been his home since 1999 and is the base for most of his erotic photography work.

Jonathan Leder's 35mm Photographs

Erotica // Thursday, January 29, 2015
NYC-based photographer and Jacques founder Jonathan Leder's erotic photographs seem more like vintage film stills. Utilizing analog cameras--35mm and Polaroid--and shunning all artifical lighting and retouching practices, Leder infuses his portraits of young, often nude, women with a grainy, blurry quality that gives them an intimate, sometimes voyeuristic edge.

Vintage Erotic Bookplates

Erotica // Friday, January 23, 2015
We're enjoying this fantastic collection of vintage erotic bookplates (ex libris) from a whole host of countries and decades, though beware, many of the illustrations can be very nsfw...

Weston's Westons

Erotica // Thursday, January 22, 2015
We saw this series back in 2009 at Danziger Gallery in NYC, some stunning iconic and rare Edward Weston prints from the Cole Weston Trust. The balance of nudes and nature, the shadows of sand formations versus the model's bodies make for some striking pairs. From the gallery,"Focusing on Weston's obsession with sensuous form, the show gets to the heart of Weston's work and his passion. As Huntington Curator of Photographs Jennifer Watts has written: 'Weston never cropped his photographs. He's really about finding the form and honing in on it in a clear, concise, framed way'."

Tom of Finland: Early Work 1944 – 1972 @ David Kordansky, Los Angeles

Erotica // Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Touko Laaksonen a.k.a. Tom of Finland (1920 – 1991) is widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s most influential artists for his revolutionary representation of the male figure. His drawings of fantastically muscled men engrossed in acts of homoerotic desire comprise one of the most inventive portrayals of the human body in modern times. These pictures of gay men as virile, confident, and unashamed–equally radical for their near-illicit, underground distribution–originated an empowering queer iconography and liberating spirit that increasingly inspires popular culture.

The Darkness: Photography by Bill Henson

Erotica // Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Australian photographer Bill Henson has long been a staple in the photography world, sometimes with controversty attached (see wikipedia). But this series is dark, mysterious, a little creepy, as you go in and out of the light and see subjects emerge and fall back into the darkness. Yes, Henson has an odd track record of picking models, but these photos are arresting to say the least. 

Light And Earth: The Nude Photography of Lucien Clergue

Erotica // Friday, January 16, 2015
A series of beautiful nude photos by the master of light, the late French photographer Lucien Clergue. He passed away on November 15th 2014, and is not only famous for extraordinary photography, but for his long-time friendship with Pablo Picasso.

The Twisted World of Steve Gianakos

Erotica // Thursday, January 15, 2015
Per the Fredericks and Freiser website, who just finished showing a body of work from the awesomely twisted and salacious mind of Steve Gianakos. "Steve Gianakos has been playing vulgarity and offensive humor against sophistication in his paintings and drawings for over 30 years. Using mostly old, non-specific cartoon graphics, rendered through a mechanical process, Gianakos portrays the human condition as an absurd interplay of sexuality and psychological fragmentation. . . "

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