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Serge Jacques & Paris-Hollywood

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Another subversive erotic photographer from the 1950s-60s was a Frenchman named Serge Jacques. He published the leading pin-up magazine in France for over a quarter of a Century. Cinema Paris-Hollywood in 1946 evolved as Paris-Hollywood through to 1952 and became Les beautes de Paris de Hollywood until 1953. From that year through to 1974 the magazine hit it’s real stride as Folies de Paris et de Hollywood. The magazine included erotic images by well regarded international photographers and models and printed 80,000 copies per fortnight at it’s height.

Yet there’s not a lot to be found on the Internet about Serge Jacques, beyond his pictures and magazines. He was once arrested in the street for possession of an erotic photograph displaying pubic hair that was inside his locked briefcase; the police regularly raided his studio and darkroom. The court appearances were numerous and as a result some issues of Folies de Paris et de Hollywood were deemed offensive to the public and removed from sale.

In the finest tradition of Taschen two books of his photographs were published – Serge Jacques (1998) and Paris-Hollywood (2001). That Taschen chose to publish two books of Serge Jacques’ photographs speaks to his importance as a photographer.

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The French Erotic Photographer Hubert Toyot

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

When I went to research one of my favourite erotic photographers from the 1960s-1970s it appeared to be a no-brainer. Hubert Toyot (1932-2012) images aren’t that difficult to find online. He shot pin-ups for magazines and stills from several French erotic movies dated to the early 1970s. However, Toyot seems to have faded away into obscurity.

It is only in recent years that Toyot’s erotic mastery behind the camera is gaining new recognition. And deservedly so. Because some say that Toyot was overshadowed in his day by the much more famous erotic photographer Serge Jacques.

Which is a fair argument, I guess. Toyot shot a lot of erotic work that dates to that popular style. His pictures shows all the 1960s influences that drove Carlo Mollino in that secret project; or André Bélorgey; or Roland Carre. Some even refer to Toyot as the French Harrison Marks, a bold but not unwarranted comparison. Toyot was probably all those things and overshadowed by the lot of them.

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Lust & Passion & the Mind of Jan Saudek

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

I’ve long been enamoured by the beautiful photography of Jan Saudek; his voluptuous and debaucherous nudes; the sensitivity to sexuality and sensual play; the impressive use of colour, madness, theatre & passion. His style. However, there was something special about watching a movie about him, Fotograf (2015), starring Karel Roden and Marie Málková.

I had always entertained an idea that these photographs were more staged and contrived than they were portrayed in the movie. My mind’s eye imagined controlled studio sessions with employed actors/models under pre-conceived direction.

The reality was more spontaneous. Saudek photographed these people as a part of his ongoing hedonistic lifestyle. These were women who he lusted after and fucked. Participants behind and in front of the camera. A charismatic man, irresponsible, open to life in all the facets of pleasure – a lover, a drinker… an “imagineer” (if I can play with language) at the wheel of the camera.

The only contrivance or staged nature of the Saudek photographs were the convenience of participants to his vision. Their willingness to exist in his sphere. The lovers, the ladies; the whirlpool of personality that is Saudek. Artist. Maestro.

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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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