Figural works, depicted and exposed by fine art photography.
Portraying the human form has been among the greatest challenges, preoccupations, and supreme achievements of artists throughout the ages. The earliest known representations of the human body come from Europe and date to between 25,000 and 12,000 years ago. These carvings were made of stone and ivory, ‘Venus’ figures representing the female form and may have been associated with fertility. Humans feature in other prehistoric art including the cave paintings of early Europe and in the rock paintings of southern Africa. Although there is no way of telling for certain, the production and meaning of art amongst these cultures was probably spiritual, the figures perhaps representing deities or ritually important people.
The nude—even in generalized or idealized renderings—has triggered impassioned discussions about sin, sexuality, cultural identity, and canons of beauty, especially when the chosen medium is photography, with its inherent accuracy and specificity. The allure of the human body has always been a gift to photography, from shirtless boxers showing off their guns in the 1850s to the trickery of Man Ray and the provocative images of Robert Mapplethorpe.
Darkroom Gallery is calling for figural nudes that push the confines of the photographic medium. Images that are expressive, evocotive and revealing. A timeless subject matter redefined and propelled into contemporary resonance.