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    Controversial day

    Every semester I have a class period that I call controversial day. I do not make it mandatory. I this class I show photographs and photographers that are and have been considered controversial. I tell the class that these are photographs that you will find on the walls of the great museums of the world and not at the local adult book store. I line up the usual suspects. Lewis Carroll, Jock Sturges, Mappelthorpe , Joel Peter Witkin and Serrano. I always get the feeling that there should be more. Who am I missing? Who are or were the controversial female photographers? Suggestions please.
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    Find some early Sally Mann. Diane Arbus would be another photographer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Lipka
    Find some early Sally Mann. Diane Arbus would be another photographer.
    Agreed, Mann, and Arbus are good examples. In paticular, Arbus' photos of the mentally ill. The work was incomplete at the time of her death, and the estate published a book posthumously to some controversy.

    You might also include Nan Goldin.

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    Would also include Avedon in with the others, some of his work in the 60's & 70's is more likely to be found in adult stores than museum walls. Would include many of the war photographers - because their work showed the world what war was like (that could almost be several weeks by itself).
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    I think Timothy Greenfield-Sanders tried to be controversial with _XXX_, but maybe porn stars aren't that controversial anymore, and maybe he humanized them too much, which made for something much more interesting than controversy.

    Is it only the body that is controversial? What about Robert Adams or Mark Klett?
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    Andrea Modica: From her book “Human Being” the pictures in platinum of skulls dug up at a mental hospital near Denver, each skull filling an image. Many of the skulls cracked and one or more has a bullet hole.

    Pictures from Andrea’s book “Barbara”, the abstract, emotional, near death portraits in platinum of the girl studied in “Treadwell”, as she dies, in extreme agony, age 21,
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    Leni Riefenstahl's photographs of the Nuba.
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    David Hockney because he thoroughly deconstructs the idea of 1 exposure = 1 photograph.

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