Mostly Nude

16/03/2023 - 13/05/2023

HAMILTONS 
13 Carlos Place 
 
W1K 2EU London

www.hamiltonsgallery.com   

 
Hamiltons Gallery is delighted to present Mostly Nude. The exhibition comprises of iconic images by some of photography’s most influential artists and their personal take on the many shifts that the genre of Nude has undergone. Mostly Nude navigates how these shifts permeate differently in each artist and their work; sometimes as a continuity of values from classicism, parody or shock value. The exhibition coincides with gallery owner Tim Jefferies 40 years of championing fine art photography through his involvement with Hamiltons.

A genre in its own right, the Nude often implies an external look on feminity which transcends the nakedness or states of undress of the model but is defined by a particular interaction of ‘self’ and ‘other’.

Naomi Campbell, here photographed by Herb Ritts captures the supermodel phenomenon of the 1990s which brought individuality as never before to the figure of the model shaping fashion forever and paving the way for collaborations with photographers, musicians and many other interdisciplinary artists. Cindy Crawford, captured by Helmut Newton in St Tropez in 1991 for American Vogue, expressed on several occasions the transformative nature of being photographed both by Newton and Herb Ritts. 

“The way Herb photographed you was the way you wanted the world to see you. Herb saw the best in everyone, so that’s how he photographed you… For a model it’s very unsatisfying to come in when the photographer’s already worked out the photo: Where’s me in this picture? I never felt like that with Herb. You definitely felt like you made a contribution.” - (Cindy Crawford)