French Erotic Photographs
Indecent modernity in 1930s magazines
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Drawing on a panorama of materials from 1930s France, French Erotic Photographs takes a new approach to studying a certain type of image from a certain type of time. Previously untapped by historians, magazines such as Paris Magazine, Paris Sex Appeal, Pages Folles, Pour lire à deux and Scandale are inscribed in the context of the interwar years. They reflect that context through a bawdy style, audacious and multifaceted aesthetic – from kitsch to moderns – and a permeability to reproducibility. With a focus on the photographs as components of the magazines’ layout, Alix Agret critically examines their interrelations with texts and graphic, without neglecting the history surrounding them, which forms a backdrop to the analyses of this previously unstudied source material.The first study of its kind, this is a timely scholarly contribution to field of the history of photographs.
Table of Contents
Introduction1. Reading Paris Magazine A site of temptation - ‘La lectrice excitée éteint l’électricité’ Reading Paris Magazine (as a woman)When literature encroaches on photography or vice-versa2. Watching Paris Magazine Night and cinema: walking through the cityCinema, from screen to pageLet’s misbehave! Print culture, sex appeal and Hollywoodian promotional discourses3. The primitive, the exotic and the Oriental: Paris Magazine’s mythology of the Other Mythologising and eroticising the OtherGlamorising the Other: black is white‘Look a negro’! Black is primitiveOrientalismIdentity anxieties, anti-colonialism and doubts: the underside of the empire 4. Paris Magazine as Bad Art and/or readymade?Cutting pin-ups into pieces: Hugnet, Teige and Mariën’s collagesGeorges HugnetKarel TeigeMarcel Mariën5. End matterThe magazine’s margins: how to promote sexBordering on pornographyConclusion
Alix Agret is an art historian. She holds an MA from the Courtauld and a PhD in Fine Arts. She writes articles for magazines and exhibition catalogues.