Friday, March 25, 2011

The Body In Print: First Periodical ~ Nude Studies 1903

Through the efforts of Librarie d'Art Technique, and the development of the halftone printing process at the turn-of-the-century, the first periodicals devoted to the photographic nude were published in Paris circa 1903. Although there was the precedent setting, folio size Les Nus Esthetique published a year earlier (a post dedicated to it will soon follow), L'Etude Academique was the first magazine aimed at a larger general audience. Although the veil of the "academic nude" was draped over this publication, it is clear that the intended buyer was not the creative community of painters and sculptors (see the previous post). 

Too much emphasis cannot be placed on the importance of the development of the halftone (dot matrix, benday screen) printing process for the dissemination of photographic images in magazines, newspapers and books. This technical advancement transmitted for the first time, photographic images of people and places (as well as nudes) around the globe via the printed page. Here's the first pin-up magazine, the first men's magazine, the ground breaking Playboy magazine of its time.

Above is the cover of a bound volume of this rare publication. 
Below, in no particular order, are scans of covers and pages from 
these exceptional publications, measuring 7" x 9".

 Frontispiece created for the bound volumes 

 Title page created for the bound volumes

 On the right, the youthful, popular model Fernande


Click here for a link to my eBay store to see another periodical published by Librarie d'Art Technique, La Grace Feminine, 1905.

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