Fotograf Magazine

#10 Eroticon

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.

#10 Eroticon — Portfolios

Jindřich Štyrský

Two monographs have been dedicated to the photographic legacy of the painter, set designer, illustrator, poet, collage artist, biographer and art critic Jindřich Štyrský (1899–1942). The earlier of these, Jindřich Štyrský /fotografické dílo/1934–1935 (Jindřich Štyrský /photographic oeuvre/ 1934–1935) featured one hundred illustrations and was brought out in June 1982 for the internal use of the Jazz Section of the Musicians’ Union by the art historian Anna Fárová, at the time banned from publishing, and thus concealed under her mother’s maiden surname, Annette Moussu…

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#10 Eroticon — Portfolios

Miroslav Tichý

So much has been written about Miroslav Tichý over the course of three years that, for many, he has undeservedly quickly found his place alongside famous Czech photographers such as Josef Sudek or František Drtikol…

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#10 Eroticon — Portfolios

Tanja Ostojić

Ever since Walter Benjamin recognised the relation between politics and aesthetics by blaming Fascism for introducing aesthetics into political life and Communism for politicizing art, the link between the artistic and the political has become an inevitable point of the discussion in troubled periods and regions…

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#10 Eroticon — Profiles

Charles Cohen

What we no longer have is complicated by the way we remember it. A pervasive sense of longing ultimately indicates a link between the present and what is lost, what is missing, as well as, perhaps, what is regrettable…

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#10 Eroticon — Profiles

Slava Mogutin

Slava Mogutin is an artist whose work has emerged from a confluence of cultures and histories. He works across different media – including photography, video, poetry and performance – conjuring volatile erotic phenomena from these clashing orders of representation…

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#10 Eroticon — Profiles

Adam Holý

“Everything is erotic, isn’t it?” retorted Adam Holý in his questioningly innocent manner, when I asked him what connects his lightly ruffled nature photographs with nudes taken in the style of amateur S&M production…

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