Wihelm von Gloeden
Baron von Gloeden immigrated to the warm climates of Taormina, Sicilia in the last decades of the 19th Century. There he produced exquisite images of young men posed as ancient Greeks against the stunning Sicilian landscape. While his contemporaries produced nude male photographs for scientific and research purposes, von Gloeden was one of the first to use the new medium to pursue the nude male for pure artistry and pleasure. Somehow he convinced the local youths to pose nude for him outdoors and then sold the photos by mail order and on the streets to tourists. Despite the public nature of his activity, his motives were never questioned. Today, one is not sure whether to be more jealous of von Gloeden himself or the well-endowed young men he photographed. For more information, see the "Collector's Notes" below. You can also learn more about early male nude photography by visiting other sites, reading book reviews and purchasing titles of interest from our Links & Books page.

"Two Young Men with Grecian Urns"
circa 1890s
Von Gloeden
6½x9" albumen print, stamped

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Collectors Notes:
Von Gloeden usually stamped his photographs with the stamp below. The blue wax-pencil number is also very common and most likely written by von Gloeden himself.
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