Applied in nude, photography immediately showed the possibility of providing models for artists and designers at a great price, but “the harshness of representation” which was constantly bordering on obscenity and pornography according to social standards, even when the subject is not visually expressing any sexual intention, was much criticized. This danger was much more present in the case of the naked man, because, as it was claimed to justify the taboo, its body has the genitals exposed (if not exhibited), which does not happen in women.
Therefore, male nude photography has taken a long time to be accepted as a legitimate form of artistic expression in the history of photography. For a long time the production of male nudes was due to an almost exclusively homosexual market in a world where homosexuality was a crime in most countries. Only photographs taken specifically as models for artists and those performed for scientific purposes as those for the medical purposes, only given to doctors in the case of the naked man, managed to overcome this barrier. In both cases the nude was presented as a “need,” apparently a need hard to reach and reserved for an elite that absorbed their high costs of production and distribution.
Now, in the “information age”, with personal computers and Internet, we can easily and cheaply access to all kinds of photographic catalogs. This time we present 22 magnificent male nudes selected from thousands of photos rescued on the internet. We hope you enjoy it.