NSFW. | Flesh and Fantasy. | The Photography Show.

In NFSW, The Menu, Visual Arts by Paul Laster

Bigger and bolder than ever before, the 37th edition of The Photography Show opened to VIP visitors on Wednesday at Pier 94, a massive 133,000 square foot exhibition space on the Hudson River. Featuring nearly 150 exhibitors—ranging from international galleries offering photography, photo-based art, video and new media to photography publishers and booksellers—the annual New York fair got off to a lively start as curators, collectors and critics cruised through the aisles.

Robert Farber. | Deterioration 155, 2017. | Courtesy 21st Editions, South Dennis.

Although many of the pictures on view leaned toward landscape and still lives the ones that caught our eye focused on flesh and fantasy. From surreal pairings of people with inanimate objects, including Erwin Blumenfeld’s Nude in Broken Mirror and Horst P. Horst’s Barefoot Beauty, to such social documentary as Earlie Hudnall, Jr.’s Hip Hop and Zanele Muholi’s Julile I, Parktown, Johannesburg, the corporal in art continues to pack a powerful punch while inspiring our imaginations.



Earlie Hudnall, Jr. | Hip Hop, 1993. | Courtesy PDNB Gallery, Dallas.

Mona Kuhn. | Poem 1, 2016. | Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York and Zurich.

Herb Ritts. | Man with Chain. Los Angeles, 1985. | Courtesy Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach.

Joel-Peter Witkin. | Arms broken by windows, 1980. | Courtesy Baudoin Lebon Gallery, Paris.

Erwin Blumenfeld. | Shadow Profile Behind Veil (Female Nude), 1942. | Courtesy Contemporary Works/Vintage Works, Chalfont.

Jack Pierson. | Jonathan, 2007. | Courtesy ClampArt, New York

Maurizio Anzeri. | Without A Word of Warning (Chair), 2017. | Courtesy The Photographers’ Gallery, London.

Olivia Locher. | I Fought the Law (Wyoming), 2014. | Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York.

Ruven Afanador. | Noel Pardo. Bogotá, Colombia., 2001. | Courtesy Throckmorton Fine Art, New York.

Horst P. Horst. | Barefoot Beauty, 1941. | Courtesy Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach.

Man Ray. | Nude, ca. 1937. | Courtesy Robert Klein Galler, Boston.

TOP PHOTO: Zanele Muholi. | Julile I, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2016. | Courtesy Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York.