These photos are from my collection
that has taken over 40 years to complete. Some photos were scanned from postcards and photos
found at flee markets and such, while others came from different places on the internet, I have been using the internet since its infancy. I did not take any of the photographs, I may be older, but not that old.
"As an art form, nude photography is a stylized depiction of the nude body with the line and form of the human figure as the primary objective. One photography historian claimed that "the earliest exponent of 'Fine Art' or composition photography was John Edwin Mayall" who exhibited daguerrotypes illustrating the Lord's Prayer in 1851. Successful attempts to make fine art photography can be traced to Victorian era practitioners such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, and Oscar Gustave Rejlander and others. In the U.S. F. Holland Day, Alfred Steiglitz and Edward Steichen were instrumental in making photography a fine art, and Steiglitz was especially notable in introducing it into museum collections.
Until the late 1970s several genres predominated, such as; nudes, portraits, natural landscapes (exemplified by Ansel Adams). Breakthrough 'star' artists in the 1970s and 80s, such as Sally Mann and Robert Mapplethorpe, still relied heavily on such genres, although seeing them with fresh eyes. Others investigated a snapshot aesthetic approach.
American organizations, such as the Aperture Foundation and the Museum of Modern Art, have done much to keep photography at the forefront of the fine arts.
A Conversation with Ruth Bernhard link is listed. Ms. Bernhard is one the greats."
Of course to list the painters that have given the nude honor, art form and respectability would be to list the world’s great painters, starting with the first stroke of the brush, and before Da Vinci