Glamour photography

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Glamour photography is the photographing of a model (nowadays usually female, nude or semi-nude), in a way that is intended to be erotic.

What is considered "glamour" has changed with the times. In the 1940s, clothed "pin-up" pictures were "glamour." Many movie stars were featured in pin-up poses showing them in swimsuits. In the 1950s and early 1960s, photographers such as Peter Gowland produced glamour images with partial nudity. Only in the early 1970s did some leading men's magazines begin to show pubic hair and, later, genitalia.

Nude glamour photography is often claimed by its practitioners and admirers to be non-pornographic, since it does not involve the depiction of sex acts and did not generally depict genitalia. However, people who disapprove of this type of nude or semi-nude photography typically label it pornography.

Nude or semi-nude pictures of glamour models typically appear in "soft-core" adult magazines (so-called "girlie magazines") such as Penthouse and Playboy, or in the pages of European tabloid newspapers: for example, the topless 'Page 3 girls' of the British tabloid The Sun.

At the same time, the less revealing style of glamour photography continues, for example in magazines like Maxim and FHM, for pictures of celebrities who want to appear in swimsuits or lingerie, but do not want to pose topless or nude.

The term "glamour photography" is also sometimes used as a euphemism for the business of producing hardcore pornography, but glamour photography as discussed above generally stops short of showing open orifices or penetration.

There is a system of terms developed in the British glamour photography business to describe the graded levels of explicitness involved:

  • glamour (that is to say, typically a skimpy swimsuit, lingerie in the case of women, or briefs in the case of men)
  • topless (exposing the breasts)
  • artistic nude (exposing the whole body apart from the genitalia)
  • magazine nude (exposing the genitalia)
  • "American" / "continental" (showing penetration)

As of 2005, the glamour photography market has moved in two opposite directions; existing "top shelf" magazines have generally moved in the direction of hardcore pornography in an attempt to compete with easily-available Internet pornography, whilst a new generation of "men's magazines" such as Maxim, FHM and Loaded has sprung up to meet the demand for tamer material, often with lingerie or artistic nude depictions of minor celebrities.


Some well-known glamour photographers

Some notable glamour models

Some soft-core, or former soft-core, adult magazines

Second generation of glamour magazines

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