Black to Earth (NSFW)

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On the last day of Black History Month, The Human Gallery presents images from the collection of Gregory Prescott.  Here Prescott brings stunning artistic nude images of African American men and women connecting with the earth.  Not often do we see people of color in this light and this series is a great way to close out, artistically, Black History Month; showcasing diversity in the world of art photography.  Continue reading

Honey

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Full buckets of honey are dumped on the bodies of Blake Little’s human subjects, from young babies, to athletes, to 85-year-old women, drenching them in the gooey, golden syrup. For photo series, Preservation, the photographer uses the sticky stuff to capture varying body types, ages, races, and sizes like flies trapped in amber. “The honey has a way of democratizing people, to transform them in kind of a universal way,” Little explains in the behind-the-scenes video below. Continue reading

Matadors and Flamenco Dancers

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Fashion photographer, Ruven Afanador gives us the drama and beauty of bullfighters and flamenco dancers through his coffee table books, Sombra and Ruven Afanador: Angel Gitano. The following images are from both Spanish flavored books. Continue reading

Knots

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Klaus Kampert shows us the human figure from his unique perspective in his stunning photographs. He uses ballet dancers as models to achieve poses that morph the body into abstract forms.
His carefully constructed lighting arrangements also help to sculpt the forms into new shapes. Klaus says that the images are concerned with displaying the “constant pursuit of beauty, grace, achievement and perfection” to the viewer Continue reading

Private (NSFW)

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Mona Kuhn’s (German, b. Brazil, 1969) photographs of nudes aim to show the human body in its most natural state. Stripping away the distraction of material adornment, her subjects become timeless and free from cultural and/or generational stereotypes. A sense of comfort permeates each photograph; the subjects feel safe and at ease, allowing a genuine conveyance of emotion. She begins each series with a specific color palette in mind, followed by an emotion. Then she chooses a location, and lastly her subjects. Working intimately with a group of friends, she considers each photograph a collaboration. The subjects’ postures mirror their environments and each series flows like a lyrical ballad, opening up a dialogue about the human body’s interaction with the setting. Classically trained, Kuhn’s compositions are painterly studies, each photograph thoughtfully arranged. Each image is multi-dimensional with a careful selective focus, giving the viewer the opportunity to only enter specific areas of the frame and leaving the remainder up to the imagination. Continue reading

Tony’s Toys

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Fun and playful, photographer Tony Kelly gives us rich and colorful images saturated with the lust of life. From Rio to Hollywood, we get a glimpse into his naughty world. Some of these images are outtakes from his book, Tony’s Toys, which can be purchased on his website. Continue reading