The Madness of "Institutional White"

Erotica // Wednesday, March 27, 2013
"Institutional White" is a gorgeous, totally disturbing photoseries by bold photographer Steven Klein. These photos are inspired by the legend of an actress who refused to conform through her descent into madness. Grainy and sweat-slicked, these photos are almost painful to look at, describing the dire struggle between the clinical and the maniacal. Klen conjures an imaginary tale of discipline, betrayal, will and obsession through these images, painting gritty scenes of a story we want to see more of. Models Karolina Kurkova and Crystal Renn perform with stunning commitment to these bone-biting roles. 

Sophie Vlaming by Sandor Lubbe

Erotica // Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Sandor Lubbe photographs the dangerous, doe-eyed Sophie Vlaming in a series of searingly moody portraits. The desaturated flush of the lighting in these photos gives them an attitude of voyeur and deviant behavior. Heavy-lidded and pale-skinned, Sophie Vlaming seems to challenge the viewer to come closer. These photos are as sexy as they are intimidating, pushing the boundaries of photography almost into the realm of the cinematic. Photographer Sandor Lubbe was born in 1963 in Holland, and he currently lives and works in Amsterdam.

Saikusa's Dark Interiors for Tank Magazine

Erotica // Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Photographer Satoshi Saikusa takes to low lighting in this mysterious interior shoot for Tank Magazine. Models Sophie Srej and Melo Dagault interact like a pair of angular twin dolls, alternately slipping in and out of shadows, alternating outfits. Saikusa plays with the shadows of plants and furniture to generate jagged shapes to compliment the strange, darker undertones of the models' body language. We love the troubled sexiness of this shoot.

Conrad Roset's Watercolor Muses

Erotica // Wednesday, March 27, 2013
A prolific illustrator from Terrassa, Conrad Roset calls "the Muses" his most personal collection, a gorgeous, impressionistic series of languishing women rendered in tender, blushing watercolors. Roset is able to capture pose, expression and emotion perfectly with simple washes of brilliant color. Roset has exhibited in the MOMA in Virginia, San Francisco's Spoke Art, and Artevistas in Barcelona. He is now a professor of illustration at the School of Design BAU. "I search the beauty the body exudes, I like drawing the female figure," says Roset, and boy, is he good at it.

Tara Krebs' "Cheesecake Theology"

Erotica // Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Tara Krebs takes iconic figures from myth, history and literature and re-imagines them in a bold, sexy pinup style in her "Cheesecake Theology" series. By imposing a distinctly American aesthetic onto the bodies of various gods, deities and forebears of various international cultures, she raises provocative questions about how women are portrayed by different countries and for differnt purposes. Krebs is a Canadian artist and resides in Ontario. She attributes her artistic output from having been hidden away from the cold Canadian winter for most of her childhood.   

'Best of the Season' by Terry Richardson

Erotica // Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The ever-talented Terry Richardson does it again with 'Best of the Season,' a slicked-up neon-hot spread of weekend-chic meets night on the town. The styling and attitude of these photos are progressive and sultry, letting the female body stand in where the third of a three-piece should, pushing these designs to a higher level of fashionable provocation. The aptly named 'Best of the Season' captures pretty much all we need to see.  

Ellen von Unwerth for Common & Sense Magazine

Erotica // Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Common & Sense is a Japanese magazine that is not afraid to push boundaries. So when they collaborated with photographer Ellen von Unwerth, it seemed to be the perfect match. Unwerth was a former model who used to pose naked with women and take on erotic shoots in the late 80's, now that she works behind the lens she perfectly captures the precise angle or moment that really illustrates the feel and story of the shoot...  

Paintings by Bellarmine Miranda

Erotica // Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Colombian artist Bellarmine Miranda paints sensual and calm environments with elegant, nude women posing like goddesses. Exhibiting her art all around the world Miranda has shown her work in Canada, USA, China, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Venezuela and many more. "I paint to love that is not afraid to reveal anything because everything is given...

Venus in Furs by Steven Meisel

Erotica // Tuesday, March 26, 2013
In one of the sexiest editorials for Vogue Italy, Steven Meisel captures models Freja Beha Erichsen, Iselin Steiro and Iris Strubegger to name a few, as fair skin beauties entangled in fur and leather. Many comment that the images are inspired by The Velvet Underground song or to the 1870's novel by Austrian novelist, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch... 

Anouck Lepere by Greg Kadel

Erotica // Monday, March 25, 2013
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Greg Kadel is an American fashion photographer and filmmaker based in New York City and Paris. It was only after attending college to study marine biology and fine art that Kadel discovered his passion for photography. His images have appeared in numerous publications, including American Vogue, Vogue Italia, Harper's Bazaar, and Allure, among others. 

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