Thursday, January 31, 2013

PHOTO ALBUM German Snapshot Nudes 1960s

Ask any dealer or collector long on the trail for material will tell you "...finding what I've not previously seen" is what keeps them in the hunt. In the area of photographic erotica one of the things that sometimes meets the "not previously seen" criteria are albums containing original photographs, especially if they are "amateur" photos with a realistic, snapshot-like quality. 

A few years ago I found a circa mid-1960s album in Paris. Shown here, it is a mix of both professional and amateur photographs, which I believe originated in Germany. Using subjectivity (pre-conceptions of what beauty means to me), some of the women are attractive, others ordinary or even unattractive. It is the style of the photos, the composition and the ordinary "realness" of many of the posers that makes this a very interesting group of images and one of those exciting and unique finds.

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