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This saucy collection features GREAT images from those early years including nudes, glamour portraits and racy tableaux vivants (multiple girls posing seductively together). These daguerreotypes, stereo images and postcards feature a wide variety of beautiful and tastefully captured women, though sometimes in shockingly explicit poses---certainly for the times.
Informed text details the rise of this nascent industry while discussing the legal and ethical problems of producing such erotic works in much more conservative times. Beautiful collection, the best from this era we've ever seen.
In 1839 Louis Jacques Mande unveiled the daguerreotype to the world and it became possible to produce erotic images of real women taken in real time. After its first stumbling technical steps, this new medium of photography opened up unforeseen worlds, including the world of glamour and eroticism, to a mass market.
This book charts the early years of sexually driven photography of women, pioneered in France but spreading through Europe and across to North America, from the 1840s until the 1930s. It offers sketches of the studios, the photographers, and the models, and follows the changes in the medium from the fragile daguerreotype to the first printed cabinet cards and the mass market saucy postcards. It explains the experiments that allowed the introduction of color and the illusion of three dimensions.
Above all it offers a wonderful selection of images of women from a past but recognizable era. The authors acknowledge the issues of commercial, racial, and sexual exploitation that were present from those earliest days of erotic photography until today, but this book is also a celebration of sensuality, fun, style, and joie de vivre in what may be regarded as its golden era.
- Additional Information
Item Code PSH Publisher Chartwell Publish Date 2014 ISBN 9780785825012 Adult Rating Mature Readers Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 12x9 # Pages 160pg Color Full Color
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