Unveiling the male nude

by Yvette Depaepe

The beauty of the human body has been celebrated through sculpture, painting and drawing for thousands of years. During the past century, fine art nude photography took over this tradition. Artistic nude photographs can evoke a wide range of moods through lighting, posing and context.


Hercules” by Bruno Birkhofer


However, the choice of the gender has been a huge issue in the world of photography. The vast majority of work featuring the nude focuses on female subjects. Probably 95% or more of all nude photographs are showing the female figure. Why?

One answer involves simply demographics. Traditionally, photography has been both a business and a hobby carried out by men, however this has been changing a lot in recent years. A heterosexual man interested in photographing nudes will probably be drawn to the female form, given the inherent beauty and aesthetic ideal that most man find within the forms of the female body.

Another explanation had been offered by some feminist critics who argue that the predominance of nude female images represent men's continuing power over women.

Homosexuality has long been a stigma , however happily this has also changed. For some time, a man who sought out nude male models ran the risk of being perceived as homosexual even if his interest was purely aesthetic. 

Expressions of male photography emerged during the first half of the 20th century.
John Palatinus 
passed away in 2014 and is considered as one of the pioneers in male nude photography. He was one of the first photographers who took photos of naked men who were also sold in the USA despite the legal ban.

In many of his photographs he is not only expressing the inherent beauty of the male nude but also shows the vulnerability and sometimes the loneliness of man and the child that is hidden in each man.

Nowadays, male nudes are no longer taboo. It doesn't matter anymore if the photographer is heterosexual or homosexual. Photographies of both genders are considered as Fine Art Nudes.

I was delighted to discover next to superb artistic female nudes a fair amount of splendid unveiling male nude photographs in the 1x gallery.

Discover them by yourself through this compilation of exceptional images by talented 1x photographers.


"Spirited Away" by William Ye



"Under skin III" by DDiArte



Light Ahead II” by DDiArte


Male Nude” by Willy Marthinussen



The Abyss of Loneliness” by Leszek Paradowski



Tough Guy” by Leszek Paradowski



Return to Nature” by Leszek Paradowski



...” by Jaap de Jonge



...” by Jaap de Jonge



...” by Jaap de Jonge



Hands series” by J Thomas Simpson



Male Nude 1” by Pavel Sorokin



"Nude 2” by Pavel Sorokin




Muscle” by Michael Angelo Phang



Paint Without Colors” by John Simpson



Statues Series” by John Simpson



Gravity” by John Simpson



BowTie” by Edith Hoffman



"Climbing god” by Andrea Tomassetti



Building alliances” by Ketil Born



It's my job to make it go round” by Jörg Heidenberger



Cube 56” by Jörg Heidenberger


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