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    nude photography recommendations

    OK so I've been interested in nudes lately. I do not know much about this subject but I would like to start by observing some work of the "great" photographers, if there are any. Similar to the status of HCB for street, Avedon for Portraits/fashion, etc. I don't mean to copy their work because that would be boring. I would just like to understand this subject a bit better, perhaps adapt some concepts.

    So far I like the work of herb ritts, so I was wondering what are some other photographers that are similar to this. With nudes, I'm not so much into erotic but something more graceful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puketronic View Post
    I don't mean to copy their work because that would be boring.
    No, that would be a starting point. Look at the nudes by Andre Ketesz.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

    Francis Bacon

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    I don't know about graceful,but I've always liked Bill Brandt.A different take.

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    have a look at Jock Sturges' work

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    Oh and I don't mind nude photographers with different styles. I might change my mind.

    I didn't like wide angles but then I stumbled upon Jeanloup Sieff (21mm shooter). I like his nude work too, but for different reasons. My tastes change.

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    I've always thought of Ruth Bernhard as the Ansel Adams of nudes. Maybe others see her differently.
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    In one weekend several years ago, I saw nudes from Lee Friedlander and Edward Weston - VERY different. I doubt I'll ever shoot nudes, but seeing the difference was interesting. I agree that looking at ones you don't like can help you to figure out why you don't like them and what to avoid doing.

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    Graceful, abstract or interpretive? Stylised, straight or textbook? Masters may make it look easier, but the biggest problem I have observed is photographers not getting along with nude models. The photographer should also be a nude.

    Try photographing either gender by a window with venetian blinds and the sun coming through. If you like zebra strikes, this simple and effective nude/interpretive/abstract affect has many, many angles to explore. Very especially with dark-skinned subjects.
    .::Gary Rowan Higgins

    A comfort zone is a wonderful place. But nothing ever grows there.
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    several years ago
    a fellow named frank petronio posted
    in a similar thread on the large format photography forum.
    he suggested the perspective nude photographer
    go to a school art class, and model nude
    for a life drawing class.
    he does a lot of nude photography with models &c
    but posed for a class so he could know what that sort of vulnerability
    was like, because posing nude for a camera is exactly like that.

    good luck !
    john

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    Irving Penn, Harry Callahan, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, Bret Weston, all have great nude work.

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