Two weeks ago I was a naughty girl and bought a lovely book called 1000 Nudes – A History of Erotic Photography from 1839-1939. It was love at first sight: I look at “him” and I knew that we belong to each other. Actually, before that I knew about “him”: 1000 Nudes is a TASCHEN re-edition to celebrate the 25 years of this publisher. The book was out-of-print, so when I saw the new edition I wouldn’t able to resist.
This book offers a cross-section of the history of nude photography, ranging from the earliest nude daguerrotypes and ethnographic nude photographs to experimental nude photography. All the pictures shown are taken from the late Uwe Scheid’s collection, which was one of the world’s largest and most important collections of erotic photography.
If you like of vintage photography or nude pictures this book is highly recommended. The edition is beautiful, as all the TASCHEN books, with an introduction in 3 languages (German, English and French). Lovely! And the price was great for a photography book. How could I leave “him” there?
Ok, maybe you liked of my suggestion, but now you are broke. There is an alternative, the site 1000 Nudes. Well, it seems that someone scanned the first edition of the book and put it available. It’s not the same thing as the book, but still an excellent collection of pictures. My suggestion is start by the last two chapters: New trends in nude photography and Glamour shots and pin-up girls, with pictures by André Kertész, Man Ray and others. After this first exploration go to Pictorialism: painterly nudes and all the other chapters, if you have a lot of time. BTW, almost all the pictures are NSFW. (via Foire à tout)