The “nude” photograph is often referred to as perpetuating a “genre” of painting. But what is specifically played in photography is the actual presence, in front of a camera, of a naked body. More than a “naked man or a naked woman”, it is the individually assumed nudity that is exhibited, the fact of being naked and to give oneself as such to the shooting. What is disturbing, however, is that this photographic nudity is immediately intended for other eyes. Nothing natural indeed in this succession of actions: pose, staging, arrangements and consultations, thoughtful shooting, diffusion or appropriation of the...
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