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. 

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.) 

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. 

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. 

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

 I wasn’t interested in just photographing someone naked, I was interested in representing them as clothed in their own skin, secure in themselves. 

Ren Hang
[Photographer and poet, b. 1987, Changchun, Jilin Province, China, d. 2017, Beijing.]

 Nudes are there since always. We were born nude. So talking about revolution, I don’t think there’s anything to revolutionize. 

Man Ray (Emanuel Radnitsky)
[Artist, b. 1890, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, d. 1976, Paris.]

 Speaking of nudes, I have always had a great fondness for this subject, both in my paintings and in my photos, and I must admit, not for purely artistic reasons. 

Geoff Dyer
[Writer and critic, b. 1958, Cheltenham, England, lives in London.]

 These days any self-respecting exhibition of nude photos has to have pornographically explicit images to prove that they are works of art. 
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