FORMES NUES . . . .
With images that are sensual, if not always erotic, this remarkable volume celebrates the beauty of the human body – mostly the bodies of women, with smattering of men and boys. It also celebrates the art and science of photography, offering examples of new perspectives and new techniques (the photogram, for example). Originally published in 1935, it contains twenty-two pages of text and ninety-six full-page images – the work, on a single theme, of Europe’s outstanding photographic artists: Aram Alban, Laure Albin-Guillot, Binia Bill, Pierre Boucher, Brassai, Louis Caillaud, Frantisek Drtikol, Nora Dumas, Andreas Feininger, Emile Gos, John Hanvinden, Raoul Hausmann, Florence Henri, Andre Kertesz, Edmund Kesting, Julius Kulszar-Magyar, Ergy Landau, Jacques Lemare, Therese Le Prat, Herbert List, George Platt Lynes, Man Ray, Dora Maar, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Franz Roh, Georges Saad, Roger Schall, Emmanuel Sougez, Andre Steiner, Stephen Storm, Rolf Ubach-Michelet, Maurice Tabard, and Maurice P. Verneuil.
The text, in English, French, and German, contains statements on the art and essence of photographing nudes by Boucher, Caillaud, Feininger, Havinden, Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray, Sougez, and Verneuil.
Many of these artists were pioneers in the significant cultural movements of the early twentieth century – dadaism, surrealism, and modernism. Verneuil was an architect who went on to a very active career as a photographer, collector and publisher. He assembled a remarkable collection of erotic photographs that sold at auction, after his death, for almost a million dollars. Lynes, a fashion and dance photographer, is probably better remembered today for his remarkable homo-erotic photos. Haussman and Man Ray were leaders in the Dada movement; Man Ray, who was also a prominent surrealist, is to this day considered one the most important and versatile artists of the 20th Century. Meanwhile . . . The Nazis considered the avant-garde work of Lesting “degenerate.”
In addition to a small text file in doc format (the English portion of the Introduction), this Digital Edition consists of 214 high-resolution jpeg images (171 Mb) in two parts. The first part contains full page jpeg scans of the entire book, including the text. The second contains the ninety-six photos, cropped to the edges, to make for attractive presentation as a slide show, either on a computer or in a digital frame.