What a beautiful classically-inspired scene from von Gloeden; quite typical of his work, and quite lovely!
A deliciously explicit addition to my collection of early-1900s photographs featuring the incomparable Il Serpente, ‘The snake’ - the most naturally blessed and beautifully, brazenly seductive of all Vincenzo Galdi’s models.
A second photograph of this trio, posing for von Gloeden; sadly in need of a little de-creasing, but still a gorgeous image of male affection and intimacy at the end of the 19th century. If anyone has an unspoilt copy they would like to share with our ever-appreciative audience, please do send it in!
A much-improved copy of a photograph I’ve shared here before, three handsome young men pose for Wilhelm von Gloeden in the late 19th Century, their expressions transforming this into something uniquely beautiful, and open to interpretation - innocent platonic affection, or lustful longing? The model on the left certainly seems to lean toward the latter.
A sweet joyous moment captured forever, Il Moro (right) and his taller companion - we have seen this pair pose with such intimate affection before - standing one summer in an open sunny meadow, flecked with thousand upon thousand of tiny bright flowers.
Sold as artistic nude studies, Wilhelm von Gloeden’s photographs soon found an appreciative audience among gentlemen who admired the male form for more reasons than the purely aesthetic. The discreet homoeroticism running through his work is brought to the fore in pictures such as this, where the models pose pressed close, gazing at each another rather than looking to the camera.
Two stunning young men from Taormina, posing for Wilhelm von Gloeden toward the end of the 19th century.
A true and deserved star of early erotic photography, this beautiful model is one of my favourites (indeed, I chose him as the avatar to represent this whole collection). We have seen this sensual photograph by Vincenzo Galdi before, but not so large nor so detailed; do take a closer look at the full size image to fully appreciate such an exquisite man!
One more of Vincenzo Galdi’s daringly dirty photographs from the turn of the last century, a continuation of a scene seen here.
A fine example of Vincenzo Galdi’s unreservedly raunchy homoerotic scenes from the early years of the twentieth century.
There’s some debate on whether we see here a cleverly constructed duplication of the same ravishing model photographed in two poses, or twins - the profiles appear to differ in the other shot, though that may just be the angle of the heads, and it seems to me that the man on the left both times has tanned legs, while the one on the right, does not. And yet their bodies are so remarkably alike that they must surely be the same man twice! A puzzle indeed. What do you think?
I’m not at all sure on the age for this wonderful picture, strictly speaking it ought not be in a collection of pre-1920 images when more likely to date from the ‘30s, but I’ve known and liked it for such a long time it seems a shame not to bend my rules just a little to let it join the archives!
A poor quality copy, but well worthy of inclusion for the rare explicit content! Taken in 1880s France, this daring selection of anonymously published pictures are some of the earliest photographic homosexual pornography known to exist; the rest of the set can be seen here.
Two graceful masculine beauties of Taormina, photographed by Wilhelm von Gloeden circa 1895; though the perfectly tanned and toned young man on the left remains anonymous, we know the expressive and endlessly enthusiastic model on the right as Asrah.
Photographed by Wilhelm von Gloeden in the 1890s; Il Moro on the left, entwined in the arms of his unidentified but frequent companion (perhaps this handsome pair were friends outside of these modelling sessions.)