American photographer Alfred Stieglitz often captured his lover and famous artist Georgia O’Keefe. Concentrating on aesthetics of composition, tonality in colours and overall beauty of the subject matter.
Nude, 1925, palladium print (estimate: $400,000-600,000), is one of Edward Weston's finest and most important nudes, yet very little-known. A very rare print, it was probably only published once – on the November 1980 cover of an auction catalogue for a New York Photographs sale. The sitter is Miriam Lerner, a young Los Angeles socialite, with whom Weston began a passionate affair just two weeks after he arrived in California after leaving Tina Modotti in Mexico.
Nude 1925 by Edward Weston
Photo by Edward Weston 1934
William Mortensen, 1930 nude photographer captured stills more like paintings. Complimented by a complete realised story that often had a very erotic edge to them. Layered with elements of BDSM, increasing their desirability and taboo.
1938 by William Mortensen
Known for his controversial, erotic black and white photographs, American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe championed fetish and homoerotic themes throughout his work. Choosing subjects with sculptural form and a focus for the male body Mapplethorpes distinct style can be appreciated as one of America’s most revered photographers.
German-Australian high-fashion photographer Helmut Newton spoke to more than the average art critic or fashion expert, he captured sex and erotism like no one before. “Newton’s images are controversial, provocative, and heavily voyeuristic in nature.”
by Helmut Newton
By Helmut Newton for Playboy
Self portrait by Helmut Newton