Dean and Neo comment on nudity on the newstands, in this month’s Vanity Fair.
As a photographer, when I first saw the Vanity Fair photo, I wished I had the skills to do that. The composition was good, stark and eye-catching; nice use of contrasting darks and lights, no misplaced shadows.
It takes a lot of work to get the skin tones to look that way – creamy, matte, no shine. People sweat under hot studio lights, especially when they have to hold that kind of pose (don’t move or you’ll show naughty bits!)
I don’t think you can get that kind of effect with airbrush and a few color adjustments, even with the magic of Photoshop. They probably doused those actresses with powder; then they had to sit frozen in place, trying to look sexy without sneezing, under the hot lights with itchy skin. If you can go through that kind of aggravation and still look sexy, you deserve to be admired.
About the nudity – as far as I know, men tend to find women more appealing when they’re nude, but women find men more appealing when they’re in a suit, tux or uniform (ready to protect us and/or take us out for a nice dinner). Like Déjeuner sur l’herbe, the combination of clothed men/nude women is likely to be appealing to both sexes. Nudes, even not-conventionally attractive nudes, are always interesting subjects, in photography and in art. People like to look at other people.