#NSFW, nude photography by Rankin

#NSFW, nude photography by Rankin

Buddy · 3 weeks ago · Photography

John Rankin Waddell, also known under his working name Rankin, is a British portrait and fashion photographer. He was co-founder of Dazed & Confused magazine, one of the most important style magazine, that covers music, fashion, film, art, and literature. In December 2000 Rankin launched his own quarterly fashion magazine, Rank. He also publishes AnOther MagazineAnOther Man and in 2011 founded Hunger, a website and biannual fashion, culture and lifestyle magazine.

John Rankin Waddell isn’t just one of the most influential pop culture personalities of recent years. He is an artist who has marked the world of fashion and advertising in a unique way and whose work continues to influence the new generations, from fashion editorials to cinematography.

#NSFW, the 2016 book published by teNeues, is a collection of Rankin’s most daring shot. An Erotic Greatest Hits of nude photography that brings together Rankin’s most provocative photographs, which span a 25-year career that’s always celebrated the female form.

Unapologetic, breathtaking, surprising. His nude photography is brash but intimate. Always eager to celebrate and empower women, Rankin brought humor to his nudes, creating playful and seductive images. A hymn to the body and the freedom to show it. His images tell the search for desire in a desecrating and excessive way at the same time.

I’m looking through the camera like a microscope: seeing every gesture, every flicker of an eye, what turns them on, what turns they off.” – Rankin

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The artistic nude photo projects of Dawid Imach

The artistic nude photo projects of Dawid Imach

Collater.al Contributors · 3 weeks ago · Photography

Dawid Imach, a Polish photographer based in Leeds, creates elegant and natural nude art projects. In his shots, he captures the fascination of women, their bodies and forms and puts the beauty and harmony of the models at the center of the story.

Indeed, his photographic portraits, in color or black and white, integrate subjects, lighting and scenery in a balanced way and skillfully mix spontaneity and construction.

Dawid Imach creates personal projects and commercial campaigns for the beauty and fashion industry. Like other photographers in his field, he shares some of his work on Patreon, a collective funding platform that allows artists to fight censorship and web restrictions.

See a selection of his shots here, follow him on Instagram and on his official website.

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Luminous Phenomena, a book series dedicated to international photography

Luminous Phenomena, a book series dedicated to international photography

Giulia Guido · 3 weeks ago · Photography

What are images if not luminous phenomena? It is from this reflection that about a year ago NFC Edizioni, to celebrate ten years of activity, felt the need to give life to Luminous Phenomena, a series entirely dedicated to international photography.

Luminous Phenomena stems from the desire to create a space where established and emerging photographers can express themselves freely, taking care of every aspect of the publication, from the colour of the cover to the selection of the photographs. 

In these small-format books, which allow you to hold them in your hand, replacing your smartphone screen for a few moments, you rediscover the importance of the body and how it relates to its surroundings. 

Alba Zari

The first volume, released in September 2020, was dedicated to Lady Tarin, and since then three other volumes have been published, dedicated to Aleksey D’Havlcyon, Giulia Agostini and Alba Zari respectively. 

Luminous Phenomena is one of those publications that should be displayed on the best shelf.
We at Collater.al were lucky enough to speak directly with Amedeo Bartolini, editorial director and founder of Agenzia NFC and NFC Edizioni, and Guya Bacciocchi, director of the series, who told us more about the project.

Don’t miss the interview below, some shots included in the book and to learn more visit the dedicated website

Before talking about this new photo book series, can you tell us how you started your journey in publishing and when you decided to found Agenzia NFC?

Amedeo: Our story started, and grew, in a moment of deep economic crisis. I founded Agenzia NFC (a communications agency) in 2010, seeing an opportunity to position myself in a sector that was perhaps a little “tired”: we needed a smarter, more dynamic reality… a couple of years later, in 2012, I followed my great passion for books and decided to bet on printed paper, and therefore to found NFC Edizioni.

For NFC Edizioni’s 10th anniversary, you launched “Luminous Phenomena”, a series dedicated to international photography. How did the idea for this series come about? Why did you choose this name?

Amedeo: For years, the idea of a photographic series was in my head like a woodworm, which slowly made its way into my mind. In 2020 I found myself thrown into a reality where the only thing I had in abundance was TIME. So I decided to use this period of stalemate to build something positive, just as in 2010 I tried to find a way to react to a moment of great crisis. Eventually, I decided to give my “worm” a name, and so the “Luminous Phenomena” series was born. The name is deliberately and brazenly inspired by Talbot’s The Pencil of Nature, paying homage to him and revisiting his thinking – the study of luminous phenomena! – in a contemporary key.

Aleksey D’Havlcyon


The watchword of this series is APPROACH; I would like to create new collectors of photography. This is why the Deluxe Edition (DE) of Luminous Phenomena includes a limited edition photograph of the artist. I imagine my home wall dedicated to the series filled with 10×15 cm photographs.

What is the common theme of the chosen photographers?

Guya: I cannot say that there is a recurring theme in the photographers we have selected so far. In fact, the series did not want to be linked to a single subject, but we wanted to be able to tell places, people and stories that were different and new each time, and we wanted each artist to be able to take us freely into their dreamlike universe.

Four volumes have been published so far. Should we expect more? Can you tell us something?

Amedeo: I always say that I hope this series will accompany me into retirement! My wish would be to continue working on this project for a long time to come; I find it extremely stimulating and gratifying, plus these books are so beautiful! We are currently working on volume 5, dedicated to Chlorus, with a text by Lorenzo Castor and Martha ter Horst.Vol. 6 will be special, celebrating the first year of “Luminous Phenomena”, and precisely for this reason we have decided to tell something very close to our home in Rimini. I don’t want to reveal too much about the next volumes, I’ll just tell you some of the countries from which we will “steal” photographers for the next volumes: England, Mexico and Morocco.

How do you select the photographers for this series?

Guya: Whoever expects a considered choice is wrong! The selection of the photographers is made up of emotions, butterflies in the stomach and amazement. Each artist has struck us with a peculiarity and has triggered in us a curiosity, a desire to know more and more, the need to want to tell a story. The photographers we have chosen are those who made us stop, who made us think, and who left us breathless. Some artists we already knew, others we found wandering around the web.

Giulia Agostini

Each volume is a new experience, for us and for them: we want the artist to be involved at 360 degrees, from the choice of who will write the essay, to the shots to put in the book, to the colour of the cover, which will be the first emotional part of each volume (the choice is among 27 shades of Fedrigoni Sirio Color).

We want each volume of Luminous Phenomena to tell a new story, to make us dream.

Leafing through the volumes, I really appreciated the small format. The sensation was that of holding a collection of postcards or, if we want to keep up with the times, a printed Instagram gallery. Is there a particular reason why you chose this format?

Amedeo: I’m nostalgic, I like books made of paper, I like being able to hold them in my hand, feel their weight and smell the ink on their pages.
I have created a series in which several senses are involved, not only sight but also touch and smell. The paper used for the cover, the endpapers and the non-photographic part of the book is Fedrigoni Sirio Color, a paper that is soft to the touch, delicate, precious, with the scent of a new book, each volume in a different colour. The format of the LPs is “hand-sized”, uncomfortable to leaf through, but it is a very precise choice: I wanted books that are beautiful to look at, objects that invite you to touch them. I don’t want them to be leafed through many times, I don’t want them to be ruined. It is not only the photo that is the collector’s item, but also and above all the book!

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Medicated, Richard Kern’s photographic book on modern addictions

Medicated, Richard Kern’s photographic book on modern addictions

Buddy · 3 weeks ago · Photography

Inspired by a conversation he had with his assistant about daily drug abuse, Richard Kern between 2010 and 2018 decided to produce a series of interviews entitled Medicated.

Kern interviews a group of women about the drugs they used and the effects of those drugs on their outlook, resulting in a photo book and a series of controversial video content that offers the opportunity to look at the much more insidious face of contemporary drug addiction from prescription.

The resulting images, young women in their underwear holding up their pill bottles (Valium and Klonopin, but also Relpax, a treatment for migraines) against a background of their own cozily haphazard bathrooms and messy bedrooms, seems to be confessions scenes stolen by accident.

Kern’s images comment on the realisation that anybody can fall foul of addiction, taking us inside the white picket fences of America’s suburban drug addiction.

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#SENDNUDES, MENDO’s new NSFW design book

#SENDNUDES, MENDO’s new NSFW design book

Giulia Pacciardi · 3 weeks ago · Photography

Send Nudes, a simple message but very clear.
One of the most widely sent on social media, in particular on Instagram direct messages.

And if some time ago, with the aim of denouncing, this phenomenon became a fanzine, today it has become a real book.

#SENDNUDES, the new NSFW design book by Dutch publisher MENDO, was born from the collaboration with creative director Iman Whitfield to tell the story of modern erotic photography only and exclusively from the female point of view.
This is not about the brands that use it for market purposes, but about the way in which women tell and convey their sexuality and nudity through the lenses of their photographers.

Before it becomes sold out, you can pre-order it here.

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