A Short Survey of Sexy Contemporary Photographers [NSFW]

From the dawn of photography, we have tried to capture the nude, to commit his or her physical details and beauty to paper, and later, to pixel; to carry the immortal image with us long after the model had moved on from the shared moment of intimacy. See a humble collection of just a few contemporary photographers whose oeuvre is charged with an artist-specific erotic energy. For the most part, the photographers selected focus on nude portraiture. Most are quite well-known. Some are on the way. None are safe for work. There are no subtleties here, so if you prefer a gentler visual courtship, this stuff might be a tad aggressive and Richard Kern might be a bit much for you. If you want to see more, proceed. Feel free to add, rant about excessive raunchiness, or complain that we didn’t include Ryan McGinley in the comments. “Sexy” is a subjective word.


Richard Kern made a name for himself with the 1980s New York Cinema of Transgression movement and works like You Killed Me First!, a violent screwed-up family tale starring his transfixing young discovery Lung Leg and Fingered, wherein Lydia Lunch gets… well… He’s since shot erotic projects, celebrities, and endless crops of game New York models, his unmistakable aesthetic that of a very raw, perverse pin-up.