Themes

Eros

3 films
Eroticism brings into play a constant dissolution of established shapes.
- Georges Bataille

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We have named this theme Eros to avoid sheltering behind the false thematic prudishness of “the nude”, an anachronistic obstinacy (and for the photographer, it must be said, somewhat hypocritical) of a rather outdated pictorial genre.

This does not mean that we are unaware of the seemly distinction between the “nude” that is inherently “artistic” and erotic photography that is thereby despicable or trivial, according to the value system dear to the prefects of the Second Empire.

But we do know that eroticism lies not just in the image but also in the eye of the beholder. Paradoxically, as they work and create around this motif, modern day artists attempt above all to communicate that which is most secret and intimate.

For today’s photographers, both men and women, research on eroticism is a modern issue that lies at the centre of a broader consideration of the body, desire and disorders of the senses, at a time when notions of prudishness have shifted.

This exploration takes you to the heart of their secrets…

Films on the theme

Eros-Fontenoy movie category
movie duration 25’
Inside - Frédéric Fontenoy
France - 2017 volume icon fr subtitle icon English
Polaroïd • Nude Photography • Eroticism ...
Polaroïd • Nude Photography ...

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Polaroïd • Nude Photography • Eroticism ...

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Inside the mind of Frédéric Fontenoy

This film will introduce you to one face of erotic photography: fetishist eroticism. Through his 1930s props and scenery, Frédéric Fontenoy takes us to another place. And yet, turmoil is timeless. Know-how is the key.

His eroticism is unhurried, developed with care and over time, in dialogue with his models, and with an array of photographic techniques at his fingertips. In the end, it's the precision of the large format that probes for desire. And why not?

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Eros-Molinier
movie duration 41’
The Legs of the Saint-Pierre Quarter
France - 2013 volume icon fr subtitle icon English
Photomontages • Nude Photography • Eroticism ...
Photomontages • Nude Photography ...

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Photomontages • Nude Photography • Eroticism ...

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Exploring the eroticism of Pierre Molinier

This film reveals the strong bonds between eroticism and surrealism, little known today. It was in the corseted France of the 1950s that Pierre Molinier claimed the "freedom of the individual” to paint and photograph as he saw fit.

Captivated by women's legs, he features them extensively in his pictures to create clever, curious photomontages. He doesn't hesitate to cross-dress, to play with his body, long before the gender debate is raised.

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FOND-FILM-MA-VIE
movie duration 43’
Bettina Rheims, My Life
Allemagne - 2005 volume icon fr subtitle icon English
Eroticism • Large format photography • Photographers and models ...
Eroticism • Large format photography ...

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Eroticism • Large format photography • Photographers and models ...

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Eroticism by Bettina Rheims

Bettina Rheims opens the doors of her studio in the Marais to us. We discover the famous photographer taking the time to reassure her model, and her need to set a slow pace. She looks back on her childhood, her photographic satori and everything that photography means to her.

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A film dedicated to female eroticism featuring the young female photographer Romy Alizée.

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

• THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF THE NEW EROTIC PHOTOGRAPHY - author: Maxim Jakubowski ; 2010 ; Robinson Publishing

• LE CUL DE LA FEMME - author: Pierre Louÿs ; 2018 ; Manufacture Liv ; French and English

• EROTICISM - author: Georges Bataille ; translator: Mary Dalwood ; 2012 ; Penguin Classics

• STORY OF THE EYE: BY LORD AUCH - author: Georges Bataille ; translator: Joachim Neugroschal ; 2001 ; Penguin Classics ; New Ed edition