Mona Kuhn
[Photographer, b. 1969, São Paulo, Brazil, lives in Los Angeles.]

 The body is a place where our mind resides, and that’s what I’m photographing. 

Paul Outerbridge
[Photographer, b. 1896, New York, d. 1958, Laguna Beach, California.]

 The advantages of photographing the nude are few because nudes have very little, in fact practically no commercial value. The disadvantages are many because it is the most difficult thing to do from every point of view. 

Bert Stern
[Photographer, b. 1929, Brooklyn, New York, d. 2013, New York.]

 She was so beautiful at that time. I didn’t say, “Pose nude.” It was more one thing leading to another: You take clothes off and off and off and off and off. (On his June 1962 photo shoot with Marilyn Monroe.) 

Susie Bright
[Writer, feminist, and activist, b. 1958, Arlington, Virginia, lives in Santa Cruz, California.]

 Photographs have always been the tar baby of censors and obscenity laws. Literature can certainly (if it’s any good) conjure up the most pornographic imagination. But photographs dare to be “real.” No matter how contrived or constructed they are, there’s that damn body staring you in the face. 

Rankin (John Rankin Waddell)
[Photographer, b. 1966, Glasgow, Scotland, lives in London.]

 When you look at pornography, the women become objects, whereas what I’m trying to do is make the person in the photograph as important as their body. And obviously, I like tits and arse, because I just do. I like the sex of taking photographs. 

Bettina Rheims
[Photographer, b. 1952, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, lives in Paris.]

 I think that I first started to shoot naked women because I wanted my father to look at my images and father liked very pretty women. 

Chuck Close
[Artist, b. 1940, Monroe, Washington, lives in New York.]

 No one makes a nude if they’re not going to get turned on, and if they claim that they are making it for other reasons it’s an absolute lie. 

Lucas Samaras
[Artist, b. 1936, Kastoria, Greece, lives in New York.]

 The selfie era offers a big opening: everybody can do it; nowadays even five-year-olds know how to take a nude self-portrait. 
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