Ramon Vaquero, Howard Rosenberg, and Ricardo de Vicq de Cumptich are the focus of this week’s nude photography spotlight.
Nude photography has a elegiac grace to it that few other subjects are capable of displaying. There’s a sense of noble vulnerability to the naked human form, one that is as fragile as it is bold. Furthermore, presenting it in monochromatic and/or subdued color schemes–as these photographers have done–forces the viewer to reconfigure their perceptions and expectations of the body. It is in this context that Ramon Vaquero, Howard Rosenberg, and Ricardo de Vicq de Cumptich showcase some of the very best that nude photography has to offer in this week’s showcase.
Ricardo de Vicq de Cumptich’s Andressa (ABOVE) displays the body in woeful frailty that is both inspiring and yet jarring. Whether’s its the cascading water that ripples around the subject or their fetal kneeling position, it’s the juxtaposition between the two sentiments of strong and weak that propels this work into excellence.