Title of Project: Nudity & Photography: Changing Perceptions
Inspiration Behind the Project:
A great deal has been published about photography and specifically nude photography. The thesis seeks to explore the changing perceptions of nude photography since the invention of the daguerreotype in 1835. To get a comprehensive understanding of the long, lingering effect of photography on culture, commerce and consciousness, a brief history of photography is included.
Additionally, the historical perceptions of nude photography are summarized by comparing and contrasting the works of three notable photographers: Edward Weston, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Francesca Woodman. By taking a critical look at the publics’ response to the nude photographs of these photographers from different generations, an assessment of the shifting perceptions toward subtle and graphic nudity is attained.