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A Humorous, Revealing Look Behind the Scenes of Playboy’s Photo Shoots (NSFW)

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Dutch photographer and art director Patrick Van Dam grants us ultimate voyeur access in Playboy Behind The Scenes, his first photo book published in 2011. Van Dam pulls back the curtain just long enough to capture intimate moments on Playmate photo shoots in snapshots that as the photographer says, record “unexpected, undirected and natural responses—humor, disillusionment, absurdism and vulnerability in an erotic setting.”

You’re probably wondering how he managed to get on these highly coveted sets. Van Dam actually directed nude shoots for Dutch Playboy for seven years, so we’re betting there’s not much he hasn’t seen. Whether a lover or hater of Playboy, Van Dam’s inside look is quite intriguing. The book wouldn’t be complete without some words from the one and only Mr. Hugh Hefner, who wrote the foreword:

“In these compelling images, Patrick has captured the soul of the Playboy shoot and offered a true celebration of, and homage to, the people who make these beautiful things happen. Vividly here is the intimacy, the fun, and the dedication it takes to create the very best in contemporary erotica. And along the way, true to his calling, he gives the reader a peek behind the curtain of the Playboy lifestyle.”

Patrick_van_dam_Photography

Patrick_van_dam_Photography

Patrick_van_dam_Photography

Patrick_van_dam_Photography

Patrick_van_dam_Photography

Patrick_van_dam_Photography

Patrick_van_dam_Photography

Patrick_van_dam_Photography

Patrick_van_dam_Photography

Patrick_van_dam_Photography

Patrick_van_dam_Photography

Patrick_van_dam_Photography

Patrick_van_dam_Photography

Patrick_van_dam_Photography

  • gwvanderleun

    “celebration of, and homage to, the people who make these beautiful things happen. Vividly here is the intimacy, ” Ah yes, Hugh (I’m writing as bad as I can) Hefner. The “Vividly here” is just sheer dementia.

  • Boleslaw Bierut

    life is goo (for some).;)

  • Jason Ennis

    Is that Peter Hurley shooting a 67?

  • http://www.billn.net Bill Nash

    That was my first thought, too.

  • http://www.fabiangabor.com/ Fábián Gábor

    On the last one their faces look like: “Dude…!”

  • http://www.bradtrent.com Brad Trent

    I dunno that Peter was ever that blonde…I do like the underpants, though!

  • Joseph Edward Lee

    Now I know what they go through for all those beautiful pictures….a realclose up view…..lucky camewraman….and used to it so no surprises