In 1897 New Orleans, Louisiana, a certain local politician declared a law that "whoring was illegal" in any neighborhood of the city except those bordered by a set of 16 blocks. This "Cathouse Neighborhood", soon became known as "Storyville" and where a photographer known as Bellocq (1873–1949) shot a series of 84 sympathetic photographs of a group of Storyville whores. Only of women, none of these photos depict any sexual acts or any implied erotic content but seem to be merely records of someone's obsession & documentation of the times.
Nude with a Mask, ca.1912, a 12.8 × 18.1 cm (5 1/16 × 7 1/8 in.) gelatin silver print from glass negative, owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is one such photograph.
Storyville is not only known for the world's oldest profession, it is also the incubation area for the time frame in the creation of the JAZZ music form.
Another American, Edward Weston, was a vital pioneer of Modernist photography, who helped elevate the status of his chosen medium to that of a revered art form. He found early commercial success with a pictorialist style of image-making, using a soft-focus lens to create painterly portraits, but by the 1920s had adopted an increasingly experimental approach to his craft.
On a trip to Mexcio, he spent the next 5 years developing the radical stylistic traits that would come to define his later practice. This involved using a close-up lens and natural lighting “to make the commonplace unusual”, and saw rocks, clouds and plants rendered remarkably sculptural studies in line and texture.
Le Corbusier , A work by Sasso features a naked female ( Melissa) stretched out on a vintage Le Corbusier chrome and leather chaise lounge. A lover of architecture & nature, Sasso also employs silk screening (seriography), dye sublimations, collage & digital imagery in his painterly oeuvre.
James Sasso briefly attended commercial art school where he studied photography, fashion illustration, life drawing, technical drawing, design, painting and other art mediums, Sasso then began experimenting with painting & drawing on canvas, photography and art on clothing to create a unique style in fashionable tee shirts and he is the main artist at ARTtoGO.com
Sasso created the mixed media work Los Angeles in 2018 which utilized a photograph he shot of a girl (Victoria) , digital imagery, as well as collage to create a 24" x 24" image that can be replicated much larger as artworks on canvas.
All in all, nude photography since it's inception at the beginnings of photography, has continued to be seen as a collectable art form and have an inspirational impact on the making of art by muse driven artists throughout the generations.
Special Thanks to other Cultural Practitioners like Phil Stern , Helmut Newton ,Terry O'Neill, Patrick Demarchelier & countless others who manage to keep this aesthetic tradition alive for the benefit of humanity & enhancement of world culture.
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