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33 Photographers Reveal Their Definition of Intimacy (NSFW)

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In our Intimacy group show, photographers reveal their interpretations of the emotional, intellectual, physical, and sexual space in which humans inhabit. Artist, photographer, educator, and curator Keren Moscovitch — who teaches at School of Visual Arts in New York and whose work centering on themes of intimacy and sexuality was the judge for this competition. She chose the following photographers for their talented interpretation of the theme.

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From the ‘Poodle Club’ to the ‘BDSM Regular’s Table’: Hilarious Portraits of Hobbyists in Their Element

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Poodle Club © Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

Ursula Sprecher & Andi Cortellini

BDSM Regular’s Table © Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

People with shared interests have gathered to celebrate their hobbies for a long time now. Basel-based photographers Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini have expressed some of the most hilarious iterations of this pack-animal tendency with their series of staged portraits, HobbyBuddies, published by Kehrer Verlag.

Portraits of Page: A Look at ‘80s and ‘90s Drag Life in NYC (NSFW)

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Linda Simpson

As soon as you see Page, you know there is something special about her. She has the ethereal elegance of Grace Kelly, married with the glittery, gender-bending, art-punk edge of downtown New York in the ‘80s and ‘90s. This was something legendary drag queen Linda Simpson noticed about the transgender performer and documented, along with the rest of the era’s drag scene, with a simple 35 mm point-and-shoot camera. In color, of course. Because if anything was ever colorful, it was drag.

Compelling Nude Portraits Explore Both Self-Identity and Stereotypes (NSFW)

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Bodies. Naked. Words. The image came to Brooklyn-based photographer Lauren Renner during a nap. Her project In Others’ Words features Renner’s three-paneled images of nude individuals shot with a 4×5 view camera, their bodies covered in words others have used to describe them. Total strangers write these words on each other’s naked bodies, making In Others’ Words an exercise in understanding vulnerability, knowing oneself, and transcending the labels our culture is so quick to provide. We recently asked her more about the project.

Photographer Kostis Fokas’ Cheeky, Spontaneous Human Sculptures

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Kostis Foka

With a bold spontaneity and a tiny bit of cheek, Greek photographer Kostis Fokas creates quirky human sculptures in his series I’m not malfunctioning, you are. Long fascinated with imperfection in a world that is seemingly always desperate for order, Fokas allows his models to interact freely in bizarre ways, capturing moments of beauty in the ludicrous poses and situations that form.

‘Wonderlust’ Photos Expose Couples’ Most Intimate Moments (NSFW)

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Golden Boy, 2013 © Sarah Anne Johnson. Courtesy Julie Saul Gallery, New York, and Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto.

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Burnt, 2013 © Sarah Anne Johnson. Courtesy Julie Saul Gallery, New York, and Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto.

With her series Wonderlust, Winnipeg-based photographer Sarah Anne Johnson explores sexuality and intimacy, touching not just on desire and ecstasy, but also boredom and self-doubt.

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.”

Noriko Yabu’s Remarkable Underwater Nude Self Portraits (NSFW)

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Noriko Yabu

Of the classical elements, water is perhaps the one associated with its intuitive, creative, and emotional qualities. It is no surprise, then, that water was the well from which Japanese photographer Noriko Yabu’s series Suisou sprang.

NSFW Portraits Reveal The Truth About Body Image

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Chicago-based photographer Gracie Hagen acknowledges that the media only shows us the prettiest photos of the prettiest people. Despite the fact that most of us understand that celebrity beauty is a cocktail of lighting, angles, and Photoshop, we consistently compare ourselves to these images anyway. Illusions of the Body is Hagen’s attempt to shatter the myth, capturing her subjects both as the beauty and the beast in a mirror of dueling identities.

Photographer Geoffrey Ellis Channels the Debauched Spirit of 70s and 80s Vegas (NSFW)

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Valley of the Meadows is San Francisco-based photographer Geoffrey Ellis‘ depiction of the Las Vegas that existed in the 1970s and 80s, a time when he says “the city was in a depressing downward spiral and the criminal entities running the city were slowly losing their grip.”