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Wow Effect: Nude Photographers on Instagram

Bird in Flight shares Instagram profiles of famous photographers working in different genres. First on our list are naked models: selfies with celebs and exhibition openings in six nude photographers’ renown personal blogs.

Born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Worked for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview, The Face and I-D, has published seven photo books.

German photographer and former model Ellen von Unwerth is famous for provocative but also "appropriate" photo shoots. She owes her fame to a "Guess?" commercial featuring Claudia Schiffer. Also, she is known for a few shorts for major fashion brands and pop music videos.

On her blog von Unwerth posts fashion backstage footage, magazine covers and selfies with Madonna, Azealia Banks and her favourite model Drew Barrymore.


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Was born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA. Shoots for Vice, Purple, GQ and Playboy. His photographs have been exhibited at MOMA and Whitney Museum of American art.

Provocative American filmmaker, creator of music videos for Sonic Youth, King Missile, Marilyn Manson and 11 books of erotic photography. Kern became famous through his short films - shocking and aggressively sensual.

On his Instagram the photographer and filmmaker posts images from his own series (models’ nipples are normally pasted over with typical stars), some video footage, with an occasional shot from his own everyday life.


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Has co-worked with Lady Gaga and Marilyn Manson doing music videos for them. Has held exhibitions in Paris, Singapore, Tel Aviv and Stockholm.

Dutch Bart Hess is more of an artist than a photographer. He uses fabric and construction materials to transform human bodies. The resulting emotions can vary from repulsion to an awed stupefaction: how can a human mind generate something that incredible? Wow.

On his blog Hess posts backstage from video shootings, his own birthday parties, photos of preparation for a Frankfurt exhibition, and a show in Lisbon.


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Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lives in Germany. Has won numerous awards for photography in India, Columbia and Germany. Shoots for Playboy and GQ.

In the last ten years Fabio Borquez has had two photo books with nudes published: Chicas (2008) and Erotic Wonderland (2011). On his blog Borquez posts self portraits with naked women and fashion shooting footage.


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Born in New York, USA. Has co-worked with Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Emporio Armani, Jimmy Choo, Lacoste, Hugo Boss, Supreme. Also, makes music videos.

King of contemporary provocative photography, Richardson, apart from fervent cooperation with fashion brands, magazines and celebrities, uses Instagram for promoting his own images.

Strangely or not, there’s not so much erotic stuff, mostly normal snapshots of the photographer with famous people and his own friends: Jared Leto, Lady Gaga, Carla Bruni and Woody Allen. Every image contains Terry in his perpetual checked shirt. Or just plain Terry. Shirtless.


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Born in São Paulo, Brazil, lives in Los Angeles, USA. Her works are exhibited in museums all over the world: at Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and at the Louvre.

Mona Kuhn is known mostly for her large scale photographs of nudes. She works mostly with non-professional models - her friends and family, as well as members of nudist communities. In Kuhn’s photographs there is no eroticism or pornography. Her subjects seem to be clad in their own skin.

Her Instagram account has shots of the opening ceremony of The Broad independent Art Museum in Los Angeles, her travels in the California desert and various exhibitions around the world.


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