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Inside David Lynch's Nudes Book

  • Photography by David Lynch
  • Photography by David Lynch
  • Photography by David Lynch
December 29, 2017
A philosophy graduate interested in theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

David Lynch has always been fascinated with the infinite variety of the human body. A creator of all trades, he recently took his love for cinematic visuals and this fascination with the bare body and created a publication of over a hundred stunning nudes, many of them published for the first time. 

I like to photograph naked women. The infinite variety of the human body is fascinating: it is amazing and magic to see how different women are.

The publication comes ten years after the exhibition The Air Is on Fire at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, which unveiled David Lynch’s photographic and painting work.

Erotically charged, these photographs are close to abstraction, offering kaleidoscopic visions of a woman.

Photography by David Lynch
Photography by David Lynch

David Lynch, Nudes

Published by Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, a 240-paged publication offers a Lynchian perspective on the female nude, serving as a master class in mystery and eroticism.

Simply titled David Lynch, Nudes, the publication features 125 black-and-white and color nudes, aesthetically in line with his cinematographic work.

Sensual and rather abstract, the photographs seem inspired by film noir, characterized by lots of shadows and canted close-ups, often wrapped in cigarette smoke.

An official introduction to David Lynch‘s appreciation for the beauty in nudity, the publication is an honest display of an often blunt and hyper-sexualized gaze of women.

Photography by David Lynch
Left and Right: Photography by David Lynch

The Infinite Variety of the Human Form

Showing a variety of up-close studies of women, Lynch places a viewer in the position of the exalting voyeur. Captured from unusual angles and abstracted in some way, the shots offer a kaleidoscopic view of facial features or entwined limbs.

From a close-up of woman’s long-lashed eyes and scarlet lips to a figure reclining on a raspberry pink armchair wrapped in smoke, all the images are imbued with a distinct poeticism, one which ceaselessly charms and intrigues.

With these images, Lynch offers a unique interpretation of the “infinite variety” of the human form, as seen through his esoteric lens.

Photography by David Lynch
Photography by David Lynch

The Photographic Work of David Lynch

When he started photographing in the late 1980s, David Lynch concentrated on landscape and portraiture in his native New England.

During his one-year stay in Guatemala, he began documenting daily life in the intact indigenous society there. In the late 1990s, David turned his eye closer to home, documenting industrial workers at the Port of Seattle, capturing poverty, substance abuse, and disempowerment of the workers as a third class citizen in a society of privileged.

His first book of photographs titled Strangers in the Landscape was published in 2015, featuring projects The Firesuit Series, an exploration of the human condition through isolation and anticipation, and The Bubble Wrap Dress, a body of work examining the fragility of femininity in contemporary America.

  Editors’ Tip: David Lynch, NudesFeaturing more than one hundred black-and-white and color images, many of them published for the first time, of feminine nudes captured by the iconic artist, these erotically charged photographs are close to abstraction, offering kaleidoscopic visions of the woman and attesting to David Lynch’s fascination with the infinite variety of the human body while also reminiscent of his cinematographic work.125 photographs in black-and-white and color 125 photographs in black-and-white and color.

Featured images: Photography by David Lynch.