One of the most rewarding aspects of nude photography is that it
provides an opportunity for a very direct representation of form and
texture; some of the very best nude photographs are successful
because they invite both a visual and tactile response
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Many photographers consider an art nude photograph to be a one that studies the human body, rather than the person.
A photograph of a person that is meant to be recognized is called a
portrait, and nude photographs often do not show a
face at all. Nude photography is generally not a
snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. As an
art form, nude photography is a stylized depiction of the nude body with the line and form of the human figure as the
primary objective. Photographers sometimes use extremes of light and shadow, oiled skin, and shadows falling across
the body to show texture and structure of the body
Early photographers often depicted the nudity of women like the one we see here by Félix-Jacques Moulin. Many, like Edward Weston, Ruth Bernhard and Jerry Avenaim, preferred to depict the lines of a body as a piece of art. They imported from the terminology of painting the terms art nude and figure nude to avoid suggestions that their works were erotica or pornography.