Nakenhet i fotografi – hur blir den konst? En komparativ studie av nakenhet i bild och kontexten den visas i

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Lunds universitet/Avdelningen för konsthistoria och visuella studier

Sammanfattning: Since the 1970s the feature Page 3 has been published daily in one of England’s main newspapers The Sun. Page 3 is a picture of a young topless woman and the feature is currently being questioned by a large group campaigning for No More Page 3. This essay examines why nudity in photography causes different reactions depending on the context the image is shown in. The study is based on a comparison between nudity in photographs by Page 3- photographer Alison Webster and fashion photographer Juergen Teller, and how the context in which the photographs are shown, affects the viewers’ responses. The photographers’ works are published within different institutions and this essay addresses how these institutions – in this case an art gallery and a newspaper – determines the content of the photograph. The study also addresses the photographers’ and models’ professional status and prestige as a main factor of the interpretation of the photographs, by analysing the models habitus and social capital via Pierre Bourdieu’s sociology theory. The study also presents potential reasons that Teller’s photographs of full-on nudity are considered suitable for an art gallery by comparing them to historical artworks.

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