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. 

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.]

 People come into this world naked and I consider naked bodies to be people’s original, authentic look. 

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.]

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

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. 

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. 

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. 
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