The Nude in Photography

The nude has been a focus of the photographic genre since its inception in the 19th century. From the early works of Louis-Jaques-Mandé Daguerre, to the famed works of May-Ray, Bill Brandt’s innovative perspectives in the mid-twentieth century and Robert Mapplethorpe’s sculptural representations, to Bill Henson’s more recent portrayals, the nude has constantly captured the photographers imagination.

Traditionally the nude has been portrayed as a fixed presentation of the naked form, through sculpture, painting and drawing through-out the ages. With this, photography proved an apt medium for posed representations of the body. However, contrary to idealization of the nude in western plastic arts the realism portrayed in the photographic nude has caused scandal over the century.

Predominantly a male dominated genre, ACP curator Claire Monneraye, this season, has created a show of women by women Dear Sylvia. This has inspired us to create this new workshop! I We are running a short course with artist Fiona Wolf-Symeonides! In conjunction with the exhibition Dear Sylvia Fiona is currently exhibiting in our Social Gallery with Uncovered, a show that looks at turning the tables on female subjectification in nude photography.

The short course will discuss the line between the considered nude and inappropriate nakedness, examining the history of the nude in photography and the techniques used to create tasteful and purposeful nude photographs. The course will cover planning a nude photographic project and will conclude with a practical shoot in the studio.

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Image: Courtesy and © Fiona Wolf-Symeonides