Friday, January 19, 2007

The Daily Newds

  • Jacksonville's anti-nudity laws, which state that women can't display their breasts, genitals, pubic areas or buttocks within 300 feet of a business that serves alcohol, are about to be tested by the "Girls Gone Wild" folks.
  • 72 year-old photographer Joyce Wilson started out by taking pictures of children sitting on Santa's lap at an Indianapolis shopping center. Shortly thereafter she opened her own studio, taking portraits of families and children. But her artistic muse was not satisfied and her work turned to figure studies, and it is her sepia-toned nudes that earned her a place in the permanent collection of the International Photography Hall of Fame.
    For many of the women featured in her early work, posing nude was a release, Wilson says.“They were searching for a way to express themselves,” she says. “And I found out that being photographed in the nude was so enlightening to them. It gave them a sense of freedom. During the 1970s, I had to beg pregnant women to pose in a satin slip. Now, pregnancy portraiture is common. There’s been such a change in the attitude of the lay person toward accepting womanhood and motherhood.”
  • New York painter Michael David is challenging his Atlanta gallery visitors by taking on race, religion, and male nudity.
    But David is committed to exploring sensitive themes in his work, like what he considers the undercurrent of homophobia that keeps male frontal nudity taboo in our society, even in art.“How many breasts have we seen in the history of movies and how many penises have we seen? It’s still so taboo,” David says.

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