Surely they [figure photographs] demand… qualities of a very high artistic order. It cannot be too often insisted that the mere snap-shooting of figures or the mere posing of them in some agreeable position is as far removed from the artistic possibilities of picture photography as night from day. The real limitation, the one most difficult to circumvent, comes from the physical and mental imperfections of the model. In studies from the nude this fact is often painfully apparent. Even when the form is comparatively free from faults, a consciousness or even unconsciousness, amounting to blank indifference or some simpering expression of sentiment will mar the picture.

Camera Notes, October 1901

Views on nudes by Bill Jay

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