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Lindy and Roy Kahmann’ collection – Nude Now


Nude Photography is a style of photography in which the naked human body is depicted as art. Photographers consider the nude as a study of the human body rather than of the person. Or rather, in a nude shoot, the photographer can give free rein to his creativity.

In collaboration with the model, the most exciting visual experiments emerge unbound by a subject or theme. In addition, the development of the nude in photography is a representation of the changing social and societal moral frameworks. Whereas in the sixties and seventies of the last century it could hardly be bare enough, today it is prudery that reigns supreme. On Facebook and Instagram, the nude is severely censored, with the female nipple in particular suffering. In public space, we see fewer and fewer images of nakedness. On the other hand, we are confronted daily with a perfected version of the human body, with manipulated images of models in magazines and on television, and social media influencers who do not post a selfie without first thoroughly adapting it with apps and filters.

On the basis of the private collection of Lindy and Roy Kahmann and the Kahmann Gallery collection, Museum Hilversum presents in the exhibition NUDE NOW an overview of mainly Dutch nude photography as an expression of creative freedom. NUDE NOW is about celebrating the beauty of the body and the possibilities of the photographic medium. The exhibition not only makes it clear how the morality with respect to the nude has changed over time, but also how our ideal of beauty has come to an unrealistic climax precisely because of the technical possibilities of photography. The collection contains everything from special pieces from the history of photography to the latest talents of the moment.


until September 22
Museum Hilversum
Kerkbrink 6
1211 BX Hilversum
T 035 533 9601
The Netherlands

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