Dance performance in 1924

A scene from a dance performance: Annsi Bergh, Mary Hougberg and Marianne Pontan in 1924. | Finnish Heritage Agency · Museovirasto
Kohtaus Annsi Berghin, Mary Hougbergin ja Marianne Pontanin tanssiesityksestä vuonna 1924. JOKA Journalistinen kuva-arkisto Otava @ Finnish Heritage Agency
Kohtaus Annsi Berghin, Mary Hougbergin ja Marianne Pontanin tanssiesityksestä vuonna 1924. JOKA Journalistinen kuva-arkisto Otava @ Museovirasto
A scene from a dance performance: Annsi Bergh, Mary Hougberg and Marianne Pontan in 1924. JOKA [Journalistic photo archive Otava] | Finnish Heritage Agency · Museovirasto

En dilettante, photo amateur

Anonyme, ca. 1910. Coll. Michel F. David, fondateur des éditions Sur la Banquise
En dilettante. Histoire et petites histoires de la photographie amateur au Musée de la photo de Charleroi
En dilettante. Histoire et petites histoires de la photographie amateur, au Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi | src Lien site RTBF

Group photos (back to camera)

De dos. Des photos anciennes anonymes chinées | Old anonymous vintage photos. Vernacular photography, ca. 1890-1950 (mostly). Coll. Michel F. David. | src éditions Sur la Banquise
De dos. Des photos anciennes anonymes chinées | Old anonymous vintage photos. Vernacular photography, ca. 1890-1950 (mostly). Coll. Michel F. David. | src éditions Sur la Banquise
De dos. Des photos anciennes anonymes chinées | Old anonymous vintage photos. Coll. Michel F. David. | src éditions Sur la Banquise
Group of people on a porch, sitting on railings, undated. | src eBay
Group of people on a porch, sitting on railings, undated. | src eBay (broken link)
Musée de la photographie de Charleroi: expo En dilettante, les petites histoires de la photo amateur / Ode aux photographes du dimanche

People amongst rock pools

French coastal scene depicting a man and three women amongst rock pools near the sea, 1895. (Photo by Universal History Archive / Universal Images Group) | src Getty Images
French coastal scene depicting a man and three women amongst rock pools near the sea, 1895. (Photo by Universal History Archive / Universal Images Group) | src Getty Images
French coastal scene depicting two women amongst rock pools near the sea, 1895. (Photo by Universal History Archive / Universal Images Group) | src Getty Images
French coastal scene depicting two women [and a dog] amongst rock pools near the sea, 1895. (Photo by Universal History Archive / Universal Images Group) | src Getty Images

Amateur dancers, 1920s

Just magic. Off studio postcard (1920s) | src unexpectedtales on Flickr
Just magic. Off studio postcard (1920s) | src unexpectedtales on Flickr
Serious Charleston dancing, 1920s (London studio stamp) | src unexpectedtales on Flickr
Serious Charleston dancing, 1920s (studio stamp: Anglo French Photo Co., 46 New Kent Road, London) | src unexpectedtales on Flickr
Egyptian in the studio, unknown date. | src unexpectedtales on Flickr
An Egyptian in the studio, unknown date. | src unexpectedtales on Flickr

Irma Calson and Jean Börlin

Irma Calson och Jean Börlin i Chopin av Svenska Baletten, foto: okänd. | src Dansmuseet on IG
Irma Calson och Jean Börlin i Chopin av Svenska Baletten, foto: okänd. | src Dansmuseet on IG
Irma Calson och Jean Börlin i Chopin, Svenska Baletten, foto: Studio V. Henry, Paris, 1920. | src Dansmuseet’s IG

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
quoted from l’œil de la photographie