Dec 28 2009

“Birth and Life” of Glamour Images: Past and Future

Published by at 10:49 am under General

As a prominent artistic school, Glamour Photography has been altered dramatically through the past years; knowledge of what happened to it earlier can give us the clue of what awaits glamour images in the future. After countless changes and transformations, numerous revolutions and much controversy, glamour photography became what we can see today.

Let us have a short walk through the past years of Glamour Photos and then venture forth to predict some of their future.

Early Years. Nobody really knows from where to begin the history of glamour photo genre. There are people who believe it can be traced back to “French postcard” that flooded Paris back in 1930’s, whereas many prefer to think it originated from Victorian photography. A few people consider that glamour photography can be traced as far back as Baroque and Renaissance art. To put it simply, the question of origin of glamour photo is far from being answered. What I think is that the most likely period in which glamour photography was born is 1920’s and 1930’s, which were quite a vibrant time in terms of arts and culture. Also, it is from the first half of 20th century that the history of classic glamour photo can be traced.

Zenith of Glory and Later. After World War II, glamour images reached the apex of their glory, closely followed by controversy and outrage. Betty Grable conquered the hearts of the audience before the war started, and remained one of the prominent figures in glamour photo ever since; Marilyn Monroe brought even more recognition to glamour pictures by her famous appearance on Playboy’s cover in 1953. Glamour pictures became more and more popular, as Pamela Green and others helped this young but prospective genre to become widely recognized.

Nowadays – Digital Fever. As time passed, beauty photography became colorful, frivolous, scandalous and much more ingenious. Dita von Teese and Hope Talmons gained young and ambitious competitors like Heidie Van Horne, Lucy Pinder, Bernie Dexter and others. Additionally, digital format started dominating in photographic arts. It improved technical side of the process and altogether simplified it beyond measure. Any amateur with a DSLR became a potential glamour photographer. Combined with World Wide Web, a real army of both gifted artists and usual dabblers emerged in the online world.

3D – What Does it Bring? At long last, 3D art hits the stage, offering computer graphics as an arguable alternative to photography. 3D modeling is an art as well, and a complex one, but it seems to be taking over the field of glamour images. However, it is my firm belief that no computer-rendered beauty can ever substitute for genuine model, real lighting and sincere artistry. If it is really a competition between old and new, I would like to remain on the side which has a beating heart, long hours of studio work and live relationship to it.

The future, however, is bright – despite everything, oil, film and digital live on and remain popular. 3D art undoubtedly deserves for its own niche and admirers. It is not technology that is behind each glamour picture – it’s the soul, the inspiration and the dedication: that of photographer and the model. No real photographer ever forgets this – and I’m sure that neither will you.

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