10 Beautiful and Playful Erotic Photographs
As defined by Judith Roof in the Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender, erotic photography “consists of images produced with a photographic camera that inspire sexual feelings.”
However, definitions aside, it’s not that simple; erotic photography is a style that has been historically marked with contentious and ever-shifting boundaries. Artists have long debated “art” vs. “porn,” and they’ve battled censorship laws when someone (or some institution) has deemed their work the latter. Erotic photography has also been widely appropriated for marketing purposes, operating under the “sex sells” mantra, and over time, such images have been used to sell us homogenous (and often toxic) body ideals. A Google Image search will quickly show you that the phrase “erotic photography” conjures up a number of things, from black-and-white artistic nudes (mostly of women), to sexually explicit shots that would be considered pornographic by most. Nevertheless, despite these differences in content and the nuances of their production, as Roof pointed out, all erotic images share the purpose of stimulating feelings of desire and sensuality.
However, eroticism in art isn’t just about turning us on; it makes us think, and it challenges and/or widens our perspectives on bodies and sex. In this list, I’ve made an effort to show a diversity of erotic imagery. They don’t always include nudity, and while some images are indeed intended to shock and provoke us, others find eroticism in quiet expressions of human pleasure and connection. In their own ways, they liberate erotic photography from the arbitrary rules and standards that have been placed on it to define, contain it, and sell it.
(Written by Hayley Evans)
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