Monday, June 14, 2010


Kinabaku (Bondage)
From the series Love in Winter, 1979
Nobuyoshi Araki

Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera

Alice Lutz the wife of Oliver Lutz, that I wrote about in an earlier blog, came back from the Tate Britain opening of the "EXPOSED Voyerism, Surveillance and the Camera" exhibit in London and surprised me with the book from the show. An extremely fascinating show I wish I could have attended in person.

The Book is divided into 5 Parts:

- The Unseen Photographer

- Voyeurism and Desire

- Celebrity and the Public Gaze

- Witnessing Violence

- Surveillance

Each part shows photography from the beginning of its history until present time and illuminates the progress of perhaps what we consider permissible.

The picture above is from the "Voyerism and Desire" part of the Show. The reason I am showing it here is because it seems to be the one that hits me the strongest. When I close the book it still lingers in my mind. I don't know if it is the brutality, the sexuality or that I just simply feel haunted by it.

What do you think?


  1. For me it's the brutality...her chest seems to be so constricted that it would be difficult to breath. I can relate.

  2. Stunning way of art expression...I totally understand why you chose that photo.
    Kisses darling and enjoy your Monday

  3. wow...this is so fascinating. thanks for sharing!


  4. Although it seems to be just a very obsessive female bondage photo, I cannot help but take account of all the woman & children that are being oppressed, raped, exploited, and being forced into submission.

  5. I totally agree. One can not help but react strongly to this picture!