Note | Nudity Holiday greetings have arrived from Paris, compliments of one of my favorite photographers, friend-to-women Pierre Dal Corso. Pierre's new story 'Primal' featuring Lorena @ Nathalie Models, Paris came out today in Schon Magazine, with styling by Emeline Piot.
AOC fans deeply appreciate Pierre Dal Corso's approach to imaging female sensuality and eroticism -- based on consistent page views of all his editorials, past and present. I've referenced Pierre's and my dialogue about his artistic focus on sensuality, and it is a personal goal of mine to support his growth as a photographer.
The best way that we can honor Pierre Dal Corso's talent is to present the images with no competing distractions -- the antithesis of how the Internet works. But then I never did follow orthodoxy and boys club rules. Anne
Note: see Pierre's other very popular editorial of Lorena after images.
Note: I have taken some heat for this last image by Pierre and nearly removed it. Fairly, readers have pointed out that I appear to be talking out of both sides of my mouth, especially with all the controversy around the Taryn Andreatta editorial. Here is a comment that I wrote to the most recent criticism of Pierre's 'Primal' with the comment left on Taryn's editorial. Frankly, I think Taryn may have written it herself.
Su Li. You must not have read anything that I've written here. It's kind of depressing. There is a HUGE battle between Taryn and me over that particular image, and I have used it painfully often to make your exact point. I posted last night the latest dialogue between Taryn and me on that image above. I agree with you; I have asked Taryn -- who I have really supported as an artist -- to explain herself and her title 'The Offering'. I feel totally betrayed by the image you reference, and she is blaming me as a feminist for screwing up women's lives. I have tried to use the image as a discussion too, and I'm sorry you have missed all the other articles. There's about five of them, but the comments I posted above, that you just glossed over, are pretty damning in reinforcing the point you just made.
Pierre's editorial of Lorenza is very different. I really support Pierre as a photographer and we have talked a lot about imagery of women. Lorenza is a very strong model and the totality of her Schon! shoot isn't demeaning; BDSM infuences are very strong in fashion this season. They are everywhere, and I don't trust them but I can't control all that. I think Lorena looks very strong, not weak like Taryn, in her editorial.Her image is so obviously a fashion-effects shot. The totality of Pierre's work is fabulous for women as far as I'm concerned. Similarly Taryn's prior work was very strong and I was stunned to find myself in this whole discussion of the natural submission of women with her. I've asked her repeatedly to clarify what she means, what is her philosophy.
Pierre I stand behind. I do agree that the message sends mixed messages, especially with 40,000 women a year flogged in Sudan. But Pierre's image is meant to convey what culture and religion do to female sensuality, by binding women. Pierre Dal Corso is on the side of women and is using his image to show us what we do to women. I agree it's complicated but Pierre is not Terry Richardson. I believe in showing some of these images. In retrospect, I should have written more about that image -- and I will update the editorials, reflecting your valid concerns.
In Taryn's case, I've turned off all her editorials until she explains herself to readers, with regard to the message she's sending women with that very demeaning photo, saying that feminism has screwed up relations between men and women, and making herself an offering -- to men? Her words suggest that she is. Taryn didn't criticize the church or institutions, but women like me -- the woman who is taking on dictators in Africa on behalf of women. And now she patronizes me with her "oh Anne, you just don't understand" . . . sorry I unearthed your own abuse & kneeing before the Catholic Church. It wasn't my fault, writes Taryn. Crap! I'm all for more natural sensuality in editorials; I embrace nudity and the beauty of the female body. But submission to men is a very different subject for me and until Taryn clarifies her real view of body politics she's turned off at AOC.
Pierre Dal Corso website