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Editorial Nudes?

I’m often asked, “What is an editorial nude?”  The simple answer, an editorial nude is an image that tells the story, normally with the model in some state of nudity, whether it’s implied or more revealing, but still with class—something you’d find in an art gallery.  A photograph, not a picture, suitable for framing, collecting or being published, where the photographer, model and the owner of the image are proud of its creation is the litmus test.

Editorial Nude Photo, Los Angeles Photography Workshop

An editorial nude photograph captured during my photography workshop in Los Angeles.

Usually that question is then followed by, “What’s the difference between a picture and photograph?”  Since I deal with adults, not minors, my next answer is cautiously provided, “Think of it as a graceful dance.” Then I usually get a “I still don’t get it” look, so I follow it with, “Whether you’re married or not, everyone likes sex, but not everyone makes love.  The main difference is the passion one provides that the other probably doesn’t, so think of it that way, a photograph is the passion found in making love.”  And if I get a dumbfounded look, I tell them they might want to invest in some professional medical advice or counseling.
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5 Comments

  1. Rolando,
    This is very elegantly and eloquently put. I think you totally hit the mark. There is a fine line but it is usually pretty easy to see the difference (for ma at least) when the editorial nude has been achieved.
    Just take a look at Helmut Newton’s work. His photographs have such amazing stories to be told. He was a genius and is my inspiration.
    You rock,
    Eric

  2. Eric,

    Thank you! I’m doing my best to spread the gospel of photography, all genres, and editorial nudes is just one of my passions. Thanks again and pass this site and my twitter.com/rolandogomez as this all helps keep these servers going and allowing me time to do more writing about photography, my other passion. Thanks, rg.

  3. I love this. Thanks, Rolando. When I was teaching photography I’d often make the distinction by describing to my students the difference between a “snapshot” and a “photograph”. And that once they’ve entered my class, snapshots are forbidden. “You’re photographers now and every image you make is thoughtful and inspired.”

  4. Your work is so inspiring. Thank you for your unselfish sharing of your talent and information. Reading your blogs and books is “better” than attending a class. Editorial Nudes is of great interest to me, and a great contribution to the photographic community.

    Rodney

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Rolando Gomez Philosophy on Nude Photography
Editorial Nudes is not a website where you’ll find pornography, nor is this a website where models are underage, this is a website that showcases another genre of my art, though I want to clarify, nudity should never be a requirement for photography. Nudity is not for everyone, but for those that can appreciate the beauty of the human form and can handle it with maturity and common sense. I hope you’ll enjoy how I view nudity through my camera lens, often in a more editorial format. Read more about my philosophy on nude photography here.

Photographer Helmut Newton Had It Right On Nude Photography
While many famous photographers are known for other genres of photography, such as fashion, commercial, landscape and photojournalism photography, almost all have shot a nude photograph at some point in their careers. Whether it was fashion nude, editorial nude, Playboy nude, fine-art nude, implied nude, or some form of nude photography, some photographer captured a nude photo somewhere.

Then there were those like Helumut Newton, who were catapult into more fame for their nude photography than their commercial or fashion magazine photography. It’s been said that Simon de Pury, the head of the New York/London auction house Phillips de Pury & Company, while having a discussion with Helmut Newton about the then upcoming inaugural show for his Zurich gallery, asked Newton, “…What else do you have?” Newton replied, “My landscapes, but nobody wants to see those.”

Newton was correct and soon “Sex and Landscapes” was conceived for that inaugural show in 2001. While undoubtedly the late Newton has help put the “PC” in nude photography over the years, it’s not that nude photography is so bad in our private conscious, it’s the difficulty of the use of the word in our vocabulary and the use of nude images in our visual arts—like a fear, our own society is the guilty culprit and it’s time for us to “grow up” and accept the beauty nude photography brings, especially when captured correctly.

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