We have named this theme Eros to avoid sheltering behind the false thematic prudishness of “the nude”, an anachronistic obstinacy (and for the photographer, it must be said, somewhat hypocritical) of a rather outdated pictorial genre.
This does not mean that we are unaware of the seemly distinction between the “nude” that is inherently “artistic” and erotic photography that is thereby despicable or trivial, according to the value system dear to the prefects of the Second Empire.
But we do know that eroticism lies not just in the image but also in the eye of the beholder. Paradoxically, as they work and create around this motif, modern day artists attempt above all to communicate that which is most secret and intimate.
For today’s photographers, both men and women, research on eroticism is a modern issue that lies at the centre of a broader consideration of the body, desire and disorders of the senses, at a time when notions of prudishness have shifted.
This exploration takes you to the heart of their secrets…