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The Body In Art Essay

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From the early 1840’s, images of the human figure formed an important genre of photography. As in art, these kinds of images are produced for a variety of reasons such as to advertise beauty, as pornography or to explore features and curiosity of the figure. It can be investigated in many ways and forms.
The main concept of the figure abstracted is the way in which photographers compose their images, whether it is the body as a whole, fragments or even the figure abstracted in a non-conventional way. Imagery of the human body can be the most powerful, richest and most diverse domains of photography because it shows us what’s really their and the true form as ...view middle of the document...

Throughout these chapters works will be compared and contrasted in terms of images and photographic styles in order to understand why the figure can be such an important aspect of photography.
Also discussed will be the more common use of female models in nude photography by male photographers and why their aren’t many male nude photographs. Is it because the female nude through photography is driven by the desire to capture the beauty of a simple curve or a sensuous line? Also, are feminine lines, shapes and curves easier and more interesting to capture than those produced by the male form?
This dissertation will also include an argument highlighting the different opinions that are out their from the viewers. And how they feel or see nude photography, are they against it, offended or just admire how it is photographed. Once such example is how many can view nude photography as pornography which the photographer may never have intended to portray.

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When you first think of the figure or body abstracted most people usually think of the nude automatically which in truth is right. The word body was not used in discussions of photography, instead the word nude was used when referring to the figure. If you look into how the figure is photographed you will always notice that the subjects are female, for example the photographer’s Tono Stano and Edward Weston prefer working with female nude rather then male nude as they feel their work is portrayed stronger. Also another aspect you start to notice is that the photographers are most likely to be male this shows us a male’s perception of how they see or would like to see the female figure from their eyes.
In this chapter you will see how photographers photograph the figure as a whole, how they structure the body, how they interpret the composition, style, and how they position the model.
Edward Weston is considered as the master of nude photography, the principal figure in 20th century photography and one of the most influential photographers. Weston produced many breaking and beautiful images of landscape, architecture and portraiture and was well known for his works of nude photographs, which he started in the 1930’s. Weston once said:

“I am stimulated to work with the nude body because of the infinite combination of lines which are presented with every move” [1]

Weston’s photographs show a real structure of line and shape, they are well composed and define the outlines of the female body and abstract pattern. One of Weston’s trademarks is to conceal the identity of his subjects from the viewer. This in turn poses questions such as why the subjects expressions are hidden and the purpose of the subjects positioning.
Weston seized the photographic moment through an unusual technique, by only pretending to take photographs for a period of time before actually taking the photograph. He would then capture his subjects without them knowing, which...

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