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Social Media, Image Theft & Naive Cock-Jockeys

Published on April 29th, 2017

To share or not to share. It’s not even a question. I share a lot of erotic pictures on social media. Both contemporary and vintage. And, yes, I’ve shared a hell of a lot of images that lack the photographer/model credit.

But I’m not going to change my ways because some simple-minded cock-jockey asserts every unattributed photograph is a direct act of theft. If they think that I’m a thief then they seriously misunderstand images on the World Wide Web. And the nature of social media in general.

As an amateur photographer I do understand the desire (even need) for attribution. Intellectual Property is a serious issue. However, people also need to understand how (particularly vintage) pictures wind up online in the first instance.

Step one usually entails an unpaid entity scanning and uploading a picture to social media. If that person fails to acknowledge the publication the picture was scanned from, the photographer who made the picture, or the subject matter… it is beyond my control to easily discover that information from the image.

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The Erotic Pictures of Roland Carre

Published on March 28th, 2017

European erotic photographers from the magazine Paris-Hollywood and it’s more successful title Folies de Paris et de Hollywood (1952-1974) seem to have faded into history. However, André Bélorgey and Serge Jacques are finding new attention in recent years along with the extremely talented Roland Carre. It’s just a shame there is little about their lives or motivations available to find. They are photographic mysteries.

André Bélorgey and Serge Jacques co-authored Studio Album No. 8 (Nouvelle Serie) with Roland Carre; while Jacques and Carre co-authored Art and Beauty No. 3. All three appear to have worked prolifically in a genre that may have been seen as less sensational to the Europeans. There seems to have been a dearth of published articles about their lives and work. And if their stories were published in magazines and books, only their pictures have reached the public Internet with a recent rise in demand for their work.

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European Tits & Arse by André Bélorgey

Published on March 4th, 2017

One of the daunting things with European photographers is the lack of information available on the Internet. André Bélorgey (1925-2009) shot for Paris-Hollywood in the 1960s alongside Serge Jacques and Roland Carre; he co-authored Studio Album No. 8 (Nouvelle Serie) with Serge Jacques and Roland Carre; he co-authored Etudes Plastiques with Roland Carre and K. Yoshikawa; and André Bélorgey authored his book Striptease: Des Annees 50-60. The information trail pretty much stops short there.

My current thinking on this consistent lack of information about guys like André Bélorgey, in contrast to the Americans or the Brits, is the differing history around photographic eroticism and pornography within different cultures. Even though Paris-Hollywood pushed the envelope, I don’t think these guys were really noted as social deviants. Perhaps in their time and place the erotic photographers and soft pornographers of the day were really no more special or interesting on the whole than any other photographer doing a job for money. Which is sad because I’m interested in who Bélorgey was and what influenced his work. I don’t own any of the books André Bélorgey authored/co-authored, nor am I likely to be purchasing them in the near future (except by luck) and I’m not even sure anymore where I picked up his dates for birth and death. They could be totally wrong and that should be noted.

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More Articles on StevenClark.com.au

  1. The Erotic Pictures of Roland Carre
  2. European Tits & Arse by André Bélorgey
  3. Serge Jacques & Paris-Hollywood
  4. The French Erotic Photographer Hubert Toyot
  5. Jamie McCrossen Should Be Released

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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