Nude, colored daguerreotype

Félix-Jacques-Antoine Moulin :: Nude woman, colored daguerreotype, between ca. 1851-1854. Scanned from book. | Wikimedia
Félix-Jacques-Antoine Moulin :: Nude woman, colored daguerreotype, between ca. 1851-1854. Scanned from book. | Wikimedia

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La photographie érotique

Female Nude. Attributed to Félix Jacques Moulin (French, 1802 - 1875); 1856; Albumen silver print. From «Reconsidérer la photographie érotique» | src l'œil de la photographie
Female Nude. Attributed to Félix Jacques Moulin (French, 1802 – 1875); 1856; Albumen silver print. From: Abigail Solomon-Godeau: «Reconsidérer la photographie érotique» | src l’œil de la photographie
Anonyme, Académie, vers 1845, daguerréotype. From: Abigail Solomon-Godeau: «Reconsidérer la photographie érotique» | src l'œil de la photographie
Anonyme, Académie, vers 1845, daguerréotype. From: Abigail Solomon-Godeau: «Reconsidérer la photographie érotique» | src l’œil de la photographie
Anonyme, Nu, vers 1848, daguerréotype (stereo). From: Abigail Solomon-Godeau: «Reconsidérer la photographie érotique» | src l'œil de la photograp
Anonyme, Nu, vers 1848, daguerréotype (stereo). From: Abigail Solomon-Godeau: «Reconsidérer la photographie érotique» | src l’œil de la photographie
Two Women Embracing. Unknown French maker; about 1848; Daguerreotype, hand-colored. From: Abigail Solomon-Godeau: «Reconsidérer la photographie érotique» | src l'œil de la photographie
Two Women Embracing. Unknown French maker; about 1848; Daguerreotype, hand-colored. From: Abigail Solomon-Godeau: «Reconsidérer la photographie érotique» | src l’œil de la photographie

The title is intriguing: «Reconsidérer la photographie érotique». (“Reconsidering erotic photography”).
The text itself is brilliant and of great intelligence.

In this 1987 essay, historian Abigail Solomon-Godeau traces avenues for exploring a history of erotic and pornographic photographic production, a history hitherto repressed and absent from narratives. Thus opening the door to a feminist and revised history of the photographic medium, she shows how much this imagery has been abundant and present almost from the origins of photography. In “Reconsidering erotic photography”, Abigail Solomon-Godeau analyzes the ways in which naked bodies are presented in several photographic images from the 1840s-1850s, whether academic nudes or images intended for other types of visual consumption, and questions the specificity of photographic representation as opposed to other mediums. Supporting feminist theories, she raises the question of how these images are viewed, and the ambiguity of their designation, between eroticism and pornography. At the heart of this pioneering essay in the history of photography, she defends the need to write the history of these often set aside productions.

Reconsidérer la photographie érotique.
Notes pour un projet de sauvetage historique

Abigail Solomon-Godeau
Éléonore Challine (éd. et trad.),
Éditions de la Sorbonne, 2022
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Niagara Falls, ca. 1855

Platt D. Babbitt :: [Niagara Falls], ca. 1855. Daguerreotype in leather case. | src MFAH · Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Nude (ca. 1850) by Moulin

Félix-Jacques-Antoine Moulin :: Nude, ca. 1850. Salted paper print from paper negative. | src The Rubel Collection (The Met)
Félix-Jacques-Antoine Moulin :: Nude, ca. 1850. Salted paper print from paper negative. | src The Rubel Collection (The Met)

Cyanotypes of Algae, 1843

‘Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions’ by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) Part 1 of Fox Talbot’s own copy, sewn in original blue wrapper. Atkins published a collection of cyanotype photograms of algae, in installments over ten years from 1843 to 1853. | src Science and Media Museum

Alice Liddell as «The Beggar Maid», 1858

Lewis Carroll (Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) :: Alice Liddell (aged 7 or 8) as «The Beggar Maid», 1858. Albumen silver print from glass negative. | src and hi-res The Metropolitan Museum of Art
«For Carroll, Alice was more than a favorite model; she was his “ideal child-friend,” and a photograph of her, aged seven, adorned the last page of the manuscript he gave her of “Alice’s Adventures Underground.” The present image of Alice was most likely inspired by “The Beggar Maid,” a poem written by Carroll’s favorite living poet, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, in 1842. If Carroll’s images define childhood as a fragile state of innocent grace threatened by the experience of growing up and the demands of adults, they also reveal to the contemporary viewer the photographer’s erotic imagination.» (quoted from source) related post

waterscape by Carl Neumann

Carl Neumann (painter, 1833-1891) :: Sildefiskere i Storebælt | Herring fishermen in Storebaelt. Dokumentariske fotografier af dansk billedkunst. Stammer fra Kunsthistorisk Billedarkiv. | src Det Kgl. Bibliotek