Nude photography is a genre most photographers dabble in every now and again. I've often thought of nude photography as a natural extension of portraiture; if you're going to spend so much time on trying to capture the 'essence' of who somebody is, in some cases shedding any barriers between the model and the camera such as clothes is the next logical step. One thing that can be a challenge, is to translate portraiture techniques into nudes.
After a spate of recently-hacked phone nudes, it's clear our advice to never shoot pictures of your own junk isn't going to catch on. So if you're going to do it, at least do it well. Here's how to make your naked shots shine.
Images courtesy the artist. For the past 20 years, Italian photographer Angelo Musco has been creating a massive database of elegant, monochrome snapshots of the nude human form. That, in and of itself, sounds like a triumph, but Musco takes it up a notch by stiching together thousands of pictures of the supine models into intricate wall-sized "bodyscapes"—composite, naturally beautiful forms that toe the line between Jonty Hurwitz's microscopic sculptures and Tomas Saraceno's cosmic spiderwebs.
Or, in Darwinian terms, imagine us, human animals, carelessly running around with no clothes on, blind and deaf to social obligations and all the regulations determined by the artificial, preposterous moral code. How does such a world intersect with our contemporary world? In real life, it seems almost impossible for the primitive state of existence to arise out of an era of cognizance, industry and technology.
The occasion was NYC Bodypainting Dayorganized by Andy Golub and Young Naturists America, and, after spending a couple of hours watching dozens of artists do incredible things to these gloriously nude "canvases", who, as a whole, boasted an extraordinary range of body types, I'd have to say the banner is correct. Not that every work of bodypainting here was a great piece of art, though most were pretty amazing. It's just that after a while you don't see, and think about, these nude physical people in the way that you're used to—as sexy, say, or imperfect, or unappealing, or sensational.
Skip navigation! Story from Body. Photographer Amelia Allen's new book, Naked Britain, is a celebratory exploration of the human body, with a focus on the UK's growing naturism aka nudist movement.
The nude figure is a tradition in Western artand has been used to express ideals of male and female beauty and other human qualities. It was a central preoccupation of Ancient Greek artand after a semi-dormant period in the Middle Ages returned to a central position in Western art with the Renaissance. Athletes, dancers, and warriors are depicted to express human energy and life, and nudes in various poses may express basic or complex emotions such as pathos.
WINDHOEK — The art of nudity, whether in the form of photography, paintings or statues, dates back to the s, yet in some, if not most, societies, the subject in itself remains taboo and is not openly embraced. In the West, nudity and the art thereof is not necessarily seen as taboo compared to countries such as Namibia. This, despite the fact that the Ovahimba and San tribes, through their way of living, have arguably been practising the art of nudity, with both locals and international visitors freely taking photos of and with these people.