THE BODY IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Authors and photography projects where the human body and nudity are significantly present, sometimes as the subject, other as a means to puzzle or incite the viewer to think critically about contemporary political, cultural, sexual, gender, and socio-economical issues.

More or less since the origins of photography the depiction of the body, especially the nude, has been a reality, e.g. Victorian pornographic images, even though most of the times a hidden reality, only for private consumption. Since those past times until today there is also a large amount of work depicting the naked body for very different purposes e.g. in the motion study of Muybridge Nude Men (1877), in the artistic approach to the female body of Stieglitz Torso (1919), in the women depicted by Trine Sondergaard in Now that You are Mine (1977) or in the eros and thanatos theme that has been central in most of Nobuyoshi Araki’s work.

It can also be said that the image of the nude is one of the most contentious in photography and this is very much linked with the veracity of the photographic image, because it is this likeness that powerfully triggers and allows sexual fantasy and desire to take place.

Then, the representation of the body is also the representation of the power of social and cultural codes, constructs that influence and shape sexuality and gender types. Thus, in The Body in Photography, we are interested in authors and photography projects where the human body and nudity are significantly present, sometimes as the subject, other as a means to puzzle or incite the viewer to think critically about contemporary political, cultural, sexual, gender, and socio-economical issues.

 

image: Elise Boularan

The meat we eat

by Anki Grøthe

 

To Be In Your Silence

by luis lazo

Crystal Identity

By Agnieszka Gotowala

 
INSOMNIA

by Michał Konrad

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