Photography // Tuesday, August 18, 2015
For the Nu Project, photographers Matt Blum and Katy Kessler took a series of “honest” nude portraits of ordinary women, whom they nickname “un-models.” The project is an effort to highlight the beauty of all bodies, especially those that don’t fit into society’s strict definition of what is beautiful. The portraits use minimal makeup and “no glamour.” So far, Blum and Kessler have published one book of portraits, The Nu Project: Beauty in Every Body, and are currently raising funds to publish their second volume.
Erotica // Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Anton Belovodchenko’s Bodyscapes series of photographic female nudes document the details of his models’ contorted positions. The portraits are black and white and this simple form allows the viewer to appreciate the female anatomy without distraction. The positions create uncommon imagery such as emphasized spinal columns, prominent ribs or flexed muscles.
Erotica // Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Guido Argentini is an Italian photographer, famous for his photographic portraits of women. He was born in Florence, Italy, and studied medicine for three years before turning professionally to photography—a background that comes through in the exquisite anatomy of his nude portraits. In his Silver Series of 2009, he uses silver paint on dancers to emphasize the form of the body.
Erotica // Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Polish fine art photographer Waclaw Wantuch specializes in black and white nudes. The bodies in his work are so simpliefied in form as to appear abstract. He employs dramatic model positions, shallow depths of fields, and framing to create images of bodies that at times seem alien, or recall the decapitated torsos of greek statues.
Juxtapoz // Friday, June 19, 2015
Pre-Conscience/Conscience, or PCS/CS for short, is an experimental art series by fashion photographer Julien Vallon who has clients such as Kanye West, Vogue, L’Officiel Brasil and Adidas. This artful nude series is “a long reflection on subconscious movement.” Julien explains: “During several hours, according to Jung’s precepts, I try to open the inside world of my models to reveal their true identity through their own movement, until each impulse becomes natural.”
In Session // Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Only a couple of more days to see this cool looking pop-up exhibition at SVA that VICE just featured called "Artsy Nudes." The concept of the show was that students in the Photography Department at SVA were "assigned to make knockoffs of famous nudes from the history of art." Here are some of the results next to their inspirations.
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'."
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
These aren’t your everyday nudes. These bodies are strange, mutated, and yet somehow retain their freakish appeal. Owvbics is a mysterious NYC artist who caught our eye on Instagram and we’ve been exploring his fantastic weirdness this week, which includes a range of works on paper.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Aleah is renowned for her ongoing ‘Aunties Project’, which comprises figural depictions of a group of the same women she has known all her life, capturing them unashamedly nude with a playful, exaggerated and Rubenesque figural style. Her new exhibition is centred around a theme that derives from several schools of thought, but predominantly Neopaganism, where each stage in a woman’s life cycle is symbolized. Her new works therefore are multi-generational, observing the female body at differing stages of life, both as separate phases and as part of a larger and necessary whole.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 07, 2014
Highlighting the dialectical relationship between anatomy and visual art, Greek artist Anastasia Mastrakouli used the nude human form in various compositions to spell out the alphabet. View the entire alphabet after the jump...