Erotica has long lost the aura of taboo. What had originally been shrouded in secrecy, and then in turn became an omnipresent feature of everyday reality, was ultimately done to death, overused as a titillating selling point. Our selection of artists for the present issue wishes to cover a variety of approaches to eroticism in photography. As a result, we feature artists whose work is driven by an urge to document their intimate experiences – not necessarily eroticism, but passion. We do not wish to shock by exposing taboo or scandalous erotic pleasures. Instead, we wish to rehabilitate the erotic in photography, which has been trivialized by commercial and tabloid exploitation, as a legitimate and vibrant sphere of art.