Nude photography

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Nude photography is a style of art photography which wants to show the naked human body as a form of art. This is different form erotic photography, which has an erotic component, and totally different from pornography which only focuses on sexual arousal. For many photographers, nude photography is a study of the human body, much like some paintings did. Photographing a person to be recognised is called portrait. Nude photography focuses on showing the human body, often the face is not visible.

In general, nude photography is a planned image, not a snapshot. Nude photography wants to show a stylised depiction of the human body. Photographers sometimes use extremes of light and shadow, oiled skin, and shadows falling across the body to show the texture and structure of the body.

Photographing (part of) a naked body is not necessarily nude photography.

Early photographers often showed the nudity of women like the one we see here by Félix-Jacques Moulin. Many, like Edward Weston, Jean-Christophe Destailleur, Augustao de Luca, Ruth Bernhard and Jerry Avenaim, preferred to show the lines of a body as a piece of art. They used the terms art nude and figurenude from painting to avoid suggestions that their works were erotica or pornography.

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Nude Photography Images
Recumbent female nude, Amélie is a nude photograph by Félix-Jacques Moulin, done in the early 1850s  
Male nude torso  
Augusto de Luca
Nudes is a famous nude photograph by Augusto De Luca done in 1980  
by user:JaneArt  
Male nude erotic  
Angel Wings: a modern nude photograph by Jean-Christophe Destailleur, 2013