His controversial career may have divided many peoples opinions as to the artistic validity of his vision, as opposed to subjugation and objectification of young women and girls. Often shooting over seas where laws about minor consent are different or absent, David has been featured in galleries and art museums; then taken down; then reinstalled; and even at different times the subject of legal investigations. Whether you find his work beautiful and moving, or sexualized and disturbing…it seems most people have a strong reaction of one kind or another. Here you will find featured some of his more conservative portraiture (only containing nudity in instances of available verification of the models age at time of consent) and several of the images have been edited or cropped to protect the models’ privacy. With as much of a stir as his work has caused in the past, it’s undeniable that his fascination with female (emotional and sexual) development has laid the foundation for a whole host of other artists and photographers to explore the subject in their own work. In this way, Hamilton’s career has innovated a new style of expression, that could conservatively be called a genre. Decide for yourself if you love or loath…
Long famed as a controversial figure in the photography community…David Hamilton is the master of the soft focus. His images capture the subtle sensuality of women in their everyday lives. While some of his work may push the envelope according to fashion standards of the 1990’s, today their racy-ness pales in comparison to the bodies of work of, say Tom Ford or Terry Richardson. I think you all know how I feel about nudity (whatever ya got…shake whatcha got) but however you may feel about these, they have greatly influenced modern fashion expression, and are certainly art in their own right…Enjoy!!!
” a distinction must be
made between eroticism
and pornography; the media
have blurred the disparity to
an unforgivable degree…”
I think the thing that makes the nudity in this shoot so beautifully artistic is that they went for natural and innocent rather than raunchy sexuality. Nice change of pace in the fashion world. I always appreciate a model who is willing to ‘bare’ the truth without all the glam and airbrushing. Thanks Natasha!
Photographer: David Hamilton
Model: Natasha Poly
Magazine: MUSE – Issue #19, Fall 2009, United States