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Nude is not rude


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Nude is not rude

9 Jul 2021 1:52PM   Views : 437 Unique : 310

Iíve just written to the Editor of Amateur Photographer about the latest in the magazineís series of ĎFrom the Archiveí articles, where they present a couple of hundred words of text and a few pages from an old edition of the magazine: in the 10 July edition, the Editor himself reviewed the 13 July 1977 issue, which had a family nude on the cover. His tone was jocular, but a bit sniffy, suggesting that the image might lead to a rash of pictures of Auntie Beryl in the nudeÖ

Like all nudity, in an increasingly censorious world, such a triple portrait needs to be photographed with discretion and concern for the subjects: the present and future wellbeing of the people in any naked picture must be a concern. But it is wrong to dismiss all attempts to record the tenderness within a family as being akin to Ďreadersí wivesí Ė and I think that the composure and dignity of some older nude models gives the lie to the idea that it is the subject matter thatís the problem, rather than the sensitivity of the image.

As it goes, I think that the image is a very reasonable attempt at a difficult triple portrait. Or maybe itís the prospect of male nudity that is problematic? Certainly, the father looks the least comfortable of the group, and maybe this is what upsets many viewers (if, indeed, they are upset). I find male nudes a difficult subject, but I see that as being a fault in me, rather than male nudes per se. and while Iím very much aware of a particular need to protect children, I find Sally Mannís images of her own family heart-warming as well as challenging. I feel similarly about LucyRabbitís images on this site (go and look if you donít know her work! But do bear in mind that many of her pictures are nudes.)

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20 2.1k 2048 England
9 Jul 2021 1:52PM
What do you reckon?
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pablophotographer 12 2.2k 450
9 Jul 2021 2:12PM
My last shot in digital and film was a nude. It is always a problematic issue. We also had in the site a naturalist couple who took pictures in the nude but unlike LucyRabbit's name I can't remember theirs.

Honestly I was really upset when my first ever choice of picture as a Guest Editor was taken off the Guest Editor gallery. I had not awarded a nude but a picture which told a whole story with contained a naked woman. It was both technically accurate and fun too. I can't see it offended somebody. We come to the world naked.

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20 2.1k 2048 England
9 Jul 2021 3:34PM
Possibly some objections say more about the objector than what they're complaining about...
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Robert51 14 12 147 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2021 11:49PM
I think that this comes under the right time and place. Nobody wants to see naked people walking around the supermarket. In the case of this image it shouldn't offend anyone and is as much about beauty as any other.
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20 2.1k 2048 England
19 Jul 2021 10:33AM
Ron Tear's posted a male nude (from the Naked Bike Ride) today, and I speculated that naked people - being inherently a bit ridiculous, especially men - might behave better. Definitely that would argue for naked shopping...

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