RESEARCH NOTES ON PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE COLLECTION AT THE KINSEY INSTITUTE, BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA

 
 
 

RESEARCH NOTES ON BARON VON GLOEDEN PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE COLLECTION AT THE KINSEY INSTITUTE, BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA

 
Young peasant boys, all with uncut dicks, pose (unpretentiously some of them) for the camera. Innocence lost to the Baron, to the camera? Most models ages range from 11-18 years old. There are a couple of portraits of older men with moustaches in the collection. Usually his photographs are full length portraits against walls using steps, props (swords, tiger skins, fish, hats, togas, flowers, vases). He doesn't rely on classical props as much as I thought he would - just the form of the body with perhaps a ribbon in the hair, for example. Some are incredibly beautiful photographs and have a distinct presence. Relatively long exposures can be seen in the movement of dogs and trees in prints.

 

 

Catalogue No. 18. #9744. n.d.

One of my favourites is not a full length composition but a seated boy cropped mid thigh, legs and body turned slightly to the right, staring straight into the camera. The body within the frame takes up a much greater space within the image than in the other photographs. The young mans hair is amazing.

Catalogue No. 129. ANG #60. n.d.

2 nude young men, 14 years old, in country landscape, grasses, mountains in far distance. Both have uncut dicks, one is lighter skinned, the other darker. Lighter skinned one has an arm around the other boy. Darker skinned boy is holding lighter skinned boys other hand and affectionately looking at him. What an intimate photograph!! The darker skinned lad looking at the other boy - what was he thinking?

Catalogue No. 165 is a cropped version of the above print.

Catalogue No. 167. n.d.

2 naked young men reclining on a tiger skins in a courtyard surrounded by flowering plants. Both have rough hands and feet. In bottom left of print you can see the shadow of photographer and camera(?) This has been retouched to try and remove it.

The 100 or so von Gloeden photographs are stunning, mainly 8' x 10" prints - contact prints?