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1000 Nudes. A History of Erotic Photography from 1839-1939


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A century of stimulation, this collection of 1,000 erotic photographs from 1839 to 1939 includes every risqué pose artists of each epoch could imagine. Drawn from the late Uwe Scheid’s collection, a renowned repository of suggestive imagery, these pictures in monochrome and hand-colored tints reveal as much about the development of nude photography as a genre, as about illicit fantasies, sexual mores, and social taboos.
Hardcover5.5 x 7.7 in.1.95 lb576 pages
“Fascinating for what it tells us about the history of body images and social codes.”
The Independent
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1000 Nudes. A History of Erotic Photography from 1839-1939

1000 Nudes. A History of Erotic Photography from 1839-1939


A Glimpse through the Keyhole of History

From the earliest nude daguerreotypes to experimental nude photography

The history of nude photography is the history of people’s fascination with the topic. Indeed, the photographic depiction of the human body is the only subject that has enthralled photographers, theoreticians, and consumers over such a long period—more than 150 years. No other motif is as prevalent as this one during all the phases of development comprising the history of photography, no other is present, whatever the technique, and is a subject of discussion within the context of nearly all aesthetic movements. Nor has any other pictorial topic produced such a variety of specialities as the nude: from the ethnological interpretation of the body to the glamour shot, from nudist photography to the pin-up of today. No other photographic field of application has inspired as much desire as it has awakened official wrath.

1000 Nudes offers a cross section of the history of nude photography, ranging from the earliest nude daguerreotypes and ethnographic nude photographs to experimental nude photography. The period of time spanned by this work is from 1839 to roughly 1939, from the medium’s infancy to the end of the classic modernist period. Content-wise, the book pays tribute to the full range of pictorial approaches, from the manually elaborated artistic nudes of the turn of the century, enveloped in layers of theory, to the “obscene” postcard motifs which had not the slightest artistic pretension and were intended to exert a maximum effect on the buyer’s wallet.

All the pictures shown are taken from the late Uwe Scheid’s collection, one of the world’s largest and most important collections of erotic photography.
The authors

Hans-Michael Koetzle, born 1953, is a Munich-based freelance author and journalist, focusing mainly on history and the aesthetics of photography. He has published numerous books on photography, including Die Zeitschrift twen (1995), Photo Icons (2001), Das Lexikon der Fotografen (2002), René Burri (2004), Photographers A-Z (2011) and Dr. Paul Wolff & Tritschler (2019).

Uwe Scheid (1944–2000) collected artistic and erotic photographs of nudes, dating mainly from photography`s early days and from the 1920s and ‘30s. Scheid was a member of the German Photographic Society, the European Society for the History of Photography, the Club Daguerre, and the Daguerreian Society.

1000 Nudes. A History of Erotic Photography from 1839-1939
Hardcover14 x 19.5 cm0.89 kg576 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-5446-6

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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5 Ratings

More interesting than I thought.

MaY,November 5, 2021
History of Erotic photography in the first 100 years of photography.

A travel in time

Vincent,October 28, 2021
This book is mostly a time travel for me. It is a book full of naked ghosts...

Vert interesting book

Benoît,October 27, 2021
Vert interesting book d’Hicham allons to understand the évolution of the photography and especially the social rôle of the women in pur comtemporary societies

Un vrai plaisir

Eric,September 26, 2022
Une collection de photos hors du commun réunie dans un bel ouvrage. De magnifique reproduction de photos anciennes dans une belle qualité et le tout encadrant des textes détaillant l'histoire de la photos de nue. L'ouvrage présente également quelques superbes stéréoscopies très anciennes.


Robert,October 27, 2021
Ein spannender Überblick über die erotische Fotografie vergangener Tage. Diese Bilder sorgen für ein weit komplexeres Urteil über die Menschen der Vergangenheit. Es macht sie greifbarer und auf eine seltsame Art menschlicher.