A History of Erotic Photography (1850-1940)
Edited by Jason Beard and Danny Moynihan. Text by Cressida Connolly.
Booth-Clibborn Editions, London, 2008. 340 pp., 267 color illustrations., 8½x13¼".
'Private Collection' is a unique and fascinating publication of over 250 pornographic photographs from Danny Moynihan's personal collection, including images made by some of the earliest erotic photographers, right up to the 1940s. This publication visually documents attitudes about sex and pornography, and by so doing shows how they were developed alongside a 'correct' social and cultural behavioural code of restraint, particularly with regard to sexual intercourse and role-play.
By providing a historical overview of nudity and sex in photography, the book offers an intriguing insight into the way pornography was made alongside the development of photography. 'Private Collection' includes an extremely readable and informative essay by Cressida Connolly which discusses pornography from an historical perspective, the way the sex industry was used in the 19th century, and how this affected the production, function and availability of pornography: 'There were no rules. It is the revolutionary newness of these images which makes them as exciting as their subjects.'
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