The self-portrait is a difficult style of photography to master. And when you throw in the vulnerability of creating one without the added comfort of clothing, it makes it all the more challenging for any artist. But when done well, it can create stunning results. As the photographers selected here have demonstrated so inspiringly. The work of these image makers may span different decades, and while some shoot in black and white and others in bright Technicolor, they all share the same gift for creating engaging and thought-provoking art.
Nude Self-Portraits by Photographers
Diane Arbus Nudes - Cumception
This riveting and important photographic document consists of eight black and white photographs of the artist in stark light without clothing, undefended as she confronts and considers the death of her mother, photographer Diane Arbus who committed suicide in a tub. She has had 36 one-person exhibitions around the world and is represented by The Schoolhouse Gallery. The process itself was so awkward and challenging. I thought about what it must have looked like almost obsessively at first, but then it had been twenty-one years since it happened. When I was seventeen and away at school, my mother, Diane Arbus, took her own life in the bathtub. I had taken many baths since she died, but this one with my camera perched above me was significant.
diane arbus nudes
From the very start of her photography career, Diane Arbus was drawn to the seamy side of humanity. People with strange physical deformities and bizarre lifestyles. Many were circus sideshow freaks, although today we might more politely call them performers. Throughout her career, her work was often misunderstood perhaps contributing to her suicide , but over time the critics and cognoscenti caught on. She was fiercely commited to immersive artmaking, and the impact of her photographs endures.
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