Entries with asterisks (*) indicate an artist where more information is required for a proper post.
In cases of artists who come from countries that do not use the Latin alphabet, their names will also appear in their native language (when available) to facilitate internet searches. In addition, if you have a copy of a Japanese book, look for these characters (撮影) which precedes the name of the photographer or these (写真集) which will follow the name. However, the second set of characters refers to a photo album by or of someone so may also be the name of the model. We would happy to assist with any identifications that cannot be found here.
AES+F (photographers): This is an alliance of four artist who produce a lot of images of young people, peculiarly in form-fitting white clothing. Two projects of particular interest are ‘Action Half-Life’ and ‘King of the Forest’.
Aida, Garo (会田我路, Photo-Lolicon): This artist covered an wide age range and shot both Asian and Caucasian girls. Aida participated in publications that featured groups of photographers but two books of interest display his work exclusively: Romance and Top Fashion Poster.
Andreev, Oleg (photographer): There are a few interesting images of girls but this photographer is virtually unknown, not even getting credit for those few images left on the internet.
Angel, Catherine (photographer): Angel strikes me as a modern-day Sally Mann, photographing her three daughters in intimate settings. She is a professor at the Univeristy of Nevada in Reno.
AngeNoir (photographer): It is alarming to realize that artwork is disappearing from cyberspace. Each of the dozen images collected by Pip (probably from DeviantArt) show no results in an image search. The images are characterized by a sensual and mystic quality often accompanied by props associated with the occult.
Anna Kids (photographer): Yet another one that has no presence on the internet. Those examples in Pigtails’ digital collection are sepia images of single girl children shot in interesting setting, both indoor and out.
Araki, Nobuyoshi (荒木経惟, photographer): Although this artist photographed nudes, he does not seem to fall completely into the Photo-Lolicon genre. Most of his models were older girls but there are a few little girls most notably in Chrysalis (1996), the fifth book of a series focusing on his work. I was told there was another book of interest, but I did not get too many details.
Arhangelskaya, Lena (photographer): Another phantom on the internet. There are a few intriguing images of little girls posing with a bare upper torso, many in black and white and sepia.
Bailey, David (photographer): In the spirit of democracy, this photographer invited people to come to his studio to be photographed in the nude. All subjects were to be shot in the same light and with no props. Some (I’m not sure how many) children were included as well. The results of this project appear in his book Bailey’s Democracy (2005).
Bancroft, Iris (photographer): A noted photographer in naturist groups particularly in the 1980s. She had a Yahoo fan site for a time. She did not focus on children, but those images of them show real sensitivity and I would like to feature some of her work here. Please put me in contact with someone who is an expert on this artist or the artist herself.
Bartlett, Morton (sculptor/photographer): In my last visit to Graham’s he showed me an interesting exhibition catalog featuring life-like sculptures and posed photographs of young girls. Naturally, there is much speculation about the motivations of the artist.
Belin, Rudolf and Ernst (photographers, along with Ernst Vollmar Nachfolger): These photographers illustrated the instructive text Der Körper deines Kindes (The Body of Your Child) by Alice Bloch (1924). The interesting thing about this book is that the photographs show the children in many gymnastic poses.
Bertoncello, Mauro (photographer): This artist is known for one published work, Chrysalides: Photodreams (1985) featuring nudes of young girls in various settings which, as he tells it, is at an age where it is still possible to “catch moments of pure spontaneity”.
Bourboulon, Jacques (photographer): The production of this post was a highly collaborative effort. Bourboulon’s agent was concerned that his Wikipedia page was not very comprehensive and that an article was needed to give a fuller record. Pigtails readers from France assisted in transcribing the various articles submitted and an associate wrote an article. The delay in publication has to do with the use of images. Because Bourboulon shot mostly older young girls, the images would have to come mostly from his book, Melodies, which focuses on the younger girls and there has not been the time to select and scan suitable images.
Breitenbach, Josef (photographer): Although he was considered part of a Photo-Surrealist movement, he also shot many carefully-staged nudes of women while still living in Munich and later in Paris. What is not well-known is that his easy assimilation into naturist communities afforded him access to models which included an occasional young girl.
J. Daniel Portraiture & Fine Art (portrait photographer agent): Daniel claims to represent photographers of stature but he omits identifying information on the artists and models.
Djurberg, Nathalie (filmmaker): This artist came to my attention from an exhibition called ‘Pretty Baby’ held by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Texas) in 2007. The Lisson Gallery was gracious enough to allow me to view her films. Mostly in conjunction with her partner, Hans Berg who does the music, this stop-motion animation seemed the convey the ambivalence of being female including a couple of curious examples featuring little girls, Florentin (2004) and The Necessity of Loss (2006).
Dorr, Nell (photographer): In an exhibition catalog, The Massillon Museum calls her the link between Gertude Käsebier and Sally Mann. A running theme and philosophy of her work seemed to be the idyllic life and the value of love—which she referred to as “the golden key”. Two of her books feature nude girls and young women posed among the sea grapes of the Florida keys in 1929, Mangroves (1933, under her married name Nell Koons) and In a Blue Moon (1939). Two curators of the Massillon Museum interviewed two of her models (sisters) while they were still alive. It is my intent to acquire the transcript before putting together a post on this artist. A notable later project was The Bare Feet (1962) which came about from a trip to a rural Mexican village where the people were fascinated by the magic of her camera. She became very close friends with Tasha Tudor and lived with her and her family for a time during which she tried her hand at filmmaking, The Golden Key (1957).
Everard, John (photographer): This artist published a number of books of nude artist’s studies. Artist’s Model (1951) in particular is one that includes children.
Fensch, Angela (photographer): This artist from the GDR (East Germany) published a photographic essay called Kind Frau (Child Woman) featuring several women with their children. Although there is some nudity, the impression is of candid intimacy rather than eroticism.
Formiguera, Pere (photographer): One of the interesting projects tackled by this artist was called ‘Cronos’. It was an attempt to make a photographic document of various individuals over a period of years. The result was Cronos (2000) but since the most remarkable changes over time happen in children, he produced two flip books Chica (2006) and Chico (2006) with carefully calibrated images that effectively illustrate bodily development.
Fradis, Sasha (photographer): This Moldovan artist always struggled between pure art and the commercial need to make a living. Because of his focus on the Lilith and Lolita archetypes in his work, he has come under suspicion and has been hounded on-and-off by the authorities. With the help of Pigtails readers, essays and photo have been gathered for an eventual post including part of an first-hand interview about his background. Fradis has become quite paranoid from all this persecution and wavers between wanting to tell his side of the story and keeping his mouth shut.
FreeHand, Julianna (photographer): This artist follows a mother-and-child theme and, having a healthy attitude about the human body, all the shots in Elizabeth’s Dream (1984) are nudes in natural settings. FreeHand calls this particular book, “A Photographic Tapestry of Woman—her relationships, her life”.
Gómez, Violeta (photographer): Gómez held an exhibition called Alicia en el pais del amor (Alice in Loveland), an ode to Lewis Carroll, in 2001 at the Museo de Siyasa in Spain. The images featured nude or seminude girls aged 7 to 10. Due to controversy the exhibition was closed after only twenty days, and the artist was charged with corruption of minors. I do not know if the series was ever collected into a book, but owing to the scarcity on the web, I guess not. Still, it would be nice to see the work that the authorities considered obscenity. If anyone has any leads on this, I would be quite interested. You can read more about it here (a great site overall devoted to censored art). Further digging has revealed that this artist is also a musician and can probably be reached more easily through that medium. There is an excellent essay written by Gómez that expresses her attitude eloquently.
Gross, Garry (photographer): This fashion photographer was fascinated with the idea of “The woman in the child”. He is most famous for his nudes of young Brooke Shields which tended to overshadow all his other work. Apparently, there was some animosity between photographer and model when Gross misused his Shields photographs to boost his own reputation.
Hanbury-Tenison, Robin (documentary photographer): This English explorer did extensive work in the Indonesian Archipelago and the Amazon Basin for the Royal Geological Society (RGS). It the course of documenting his work, it was discovered that he was a skilled photographer, preserving the knowledge of endangered tribal peoples. He became very good friends with a Penan (Borneo) native while his people were experiencing a major upheaval of their lifestyle and environment. Anyi, one of the man’s self-possessed little daughters formed a special bond with Hanbury-Tenison and today serves a crucial role in Survival International, an organization dedicated to preserving native tribal cultures in the face of the depredations of civilization. Many of the explorer’s books are excellent, but perhaps his most personal is Finding Eden: A Journey into the Heart of Borneo (2017).
*Hedgecoe, John (photographer): This artist is known for his photographs of children and has written books a number of how-to books including Complete Course in Photographing Children (1980). The books contains some fleeting nudes but, given the settings, it seems clear that Hedgecoe took many candid shots in naturist communities. There are no online archives but there is a physical archive of his work at the Sainsbury Center Art Gallery & Museum in Norwich.
Henze, Claire (photographer): This artist is only mentioned on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) website to illustrate controversies about nudes. Henze did some work with her children, Anna and Nico, including nude studies somewhat reminiscent of Sally Mann. This is probably not a difficult lead to pursue, I just don’t have time to do the leg work. The “Estate” (Henze died young of cancer) should be contacted to see if access to other images can be had. The artist and children’s book author Sally Warner was a close friend of her using her photos in a couple of her books. I am sure Ms. Warner would love there to be a nice about post about her friend.
Hester, Geroge M. (photographer): This artist specialized in candid nude studies. Two books of interest are The Classic Nude (1973) and Woman (1975).
Hill, Oliver (photographer): Although principally an architect, Hill spent his spare time photographing and shot a series of scenes using children with mythological themes. Three books were produced of which the first is the best quality because of the use of photogravures: The Garden of Adonis (1923), Pan’s Garden (1928) and Jonquil (1930).
*Hodges, Charles DuBois (photographer): This photographer was principally a portraitist but became well-known for this skilled work with children. He published a book In Search of Young Beauty (1964) which focused on children along with extensive commentary. It included a number of tasteful nude studies including his own son and daughter. More specifics are needed about which institutions now house his photographic archives.
Ionesco, Irina (photographer): By most accounts, this artist employed a tasteless Gothic style that might not have garnered much attention except by making use of her daughter, Eva, as a model. See ‘MODELS AND ACTRESSES’ for more on Eva Ionesco.
Ishikawa, Nobuo (石川信雄, Photo-Lolicon): This seems to be another amateur production of a man photographing his own daughter, Hitomi, in パパ撮って! (“Papa Shots!”).
Ishikawa, Yoji (石川洋司, Photo-Lolicon): This artist was inspired by the work of Charles Dodgson and, because of that, his images are perhaps less erotic than many others in the genre. He published many books (including two dedicated to his favorite model, Sophie) and his work also appears with others in bound collections.
Jousson, Pierre (photographer): This artist published a book, Jessica (1967), focused on a little girl of that name (probably his daughter).
Kamiya, Hitoshi (神谷ひとし, Photo-Lolicon): This is one of many amateurs who got on the Photo-Lolicon bandwagon. The images, probably of his two daughters, are intimate but not really erotic. A collection of photos were published in a small book, ペパーミント少女 (Little Peppermint Girl).
Kandó, Ata (photographer): Kandó’s work built on the photographic tradition of pictorialism and often featured children—including her own partially nude—in verdant natural settings, recalling classical artwork, particularly that devoted to the idyll. I’m looking particularly for images from A Hold vérébõl (Children of the Moon) as well as any of her images of Hungarian refugees from her photojournalism work that may be relevant to this site. You can read more about her and view selections of her work here. Thanks to one of our readers, we have been informed that those elusive images from Venezuela and Hungary are on her new website. Kandó just died in September 2017 as well and we hope to produce a dedicated post on her someday. The two books dedicated to her children, Droom in het Woud (Dream in the Woods) and Kalypso & Nausikaä, have been reprinted and copies are in the Pigtails Library.
Kane, Art (photographer): This photographer was a surprise discovery. His work appeared in an issue of Photo with articles about other artists. I don’t know how often Kane did nudes, but there are a pair of images of a young boy and girl in a field. In one image, the boy is checking out the girl and in the other, it is the other way around. This pair was entitled ‘Strawberry Fields’ for some unknown reason, perhaps some reference to the innocence of youth.
Käsebier, Gertrude (photographer): I learned about this artist when doing research on Nell Dorr, who was compared favorably to this artist and Sally Mann. That suggested that she must have also shot child nudes. I could not confirm this with internet or library research but I encountered a comment that suggests that such images exist. I would like more substantial confirmation as well as some means to get scans of the relevant images.
Kenmochi, Kazuo (剣持加津夫, Photo-Lolicon): This artist is credited for starting the Photo-Lolicon movement, like most things, just by accident. He was doing a photo shoot of the 12-year-old daughter of a Japanese aristocrat in natural settings which included many nudes, sparking the artistic imagination. Two volumes were produced and due to popular demand, another condensed volume, エウロペ (Europe) containing the “best” of the other two.
Karitonova, Natalia (photographer): Like many others, this artist’s passion began in earnest to preserve those precious moments of childhood. The ‘Fine Arts Child Photography’ list on Facebook was removed and there was concern that information on her would no longer be available online.
Kita, Yoshiaki (北義昭, Photo-Lolicon): This artist plays with the incongruity of little girls dressing up in adult clothes, accessories and/or makeup blurring the lines between little girl and woman.
Kiyooka, Sumiko (清岡純子, Photo-Lolicon): Like many artist of this genre, it is hard to draw the line between little girl and adolescent. Kiyooka’s work has a more artistic quality than many of her contemporaries. She traveled abroad to do some of her shoots including Peru. Perhaps the most charming volume is The Little Girl and Her Friends which is a series of girls with their dogs.
Kizu, Satoshi (木津智史, photographer, Photo-Lolicon): This Japanese artist is known for his erotic photography of young women, but he also did a nice 11-volume series of little Russian girls, a late participant in the Photo-Lolicon genre. The series is called МИЛЕНЬКАЯ “Cuties” and I am trying to find two [now only one more is needed] of the volumes (the 7th). Fortunately these mooks promoted the older issues so I have a couple of low-res scans of the covers. I am looking to purchase these or if someone can find a good set of scans, it would be ideal to have access to all the material for a proper post.
Kondo, Masayoshi (近藤昌良, Photo-Lolicon): For the most part, this artist contributed work that appeared in books featuring multiple artists. One notable exception is his Little Angels featuring both Asian and Caucasian models.
Kuhn, Mona (photographer): This artist is known to have shot in many of the same naturist locations as Jock Sturges. A visit to her site indicates she is being very conservative about posting nude children. Given her subject matter, it is doubtful she is personally squeamish but is being cautious in today’s political climate. It is my hope that perhaps Pigtails could serve as an appropriate venue for a more open expression of her child nudes and a more complete biography of the artist herself. Also, now that she has been published in book form, please advise us which ones are on-topic for this site.
Kuromatsu, Takashi (黒松隆, Photo-Lolicon): One of the more talented of this genre, he shot both Asian and Caucasian girls. His best-known models are the Ancenis sisters: Anna, Christine and Fanny.
De Lange, Margaret M. (photographer): This artist is known for her grainy black-and-white photos of her two daughters exhibiting a wild and irreverent attitude. She published a folio-sized book, Daughters (2009).
Larsson, Carl (painter): My introduction to this artist was in the form of a postcard. Many books have been published by and about this artist, but the prevailing theme of his work seems to be the beauty of one’s country and home life. This attitude is most clearly conveyed in the book, Das Haus in der Sonne (2015, House in the Sun).
Maeba, Teruo (前場輝夫, Photo-Lolicon): This photographer is most well-known for his work with model Shiori Suwano.
Mateev, Evgeny (photographer, fashion)
Michel, Jean-Louis (ジャンルイ・ミッシェル, Photo-Lolicon): I have included the Katakana spelling of this artist’s name since all three of his books were published in Japan: 愛・少女 (Love Girl), 少女 シリーズPart II (Girl Series Part II “Provence”) and Fairy Diary.
Mohr, Ralf (photographer): This artist published a book called Family Nudes (2001) which include some candid portraits or children.
Morin, Patrick (パトリック・モラン, Photo-Lolicon): I have included the Katakana spelling because this artist (as far as I know) was only published in Japan. Two books of note are: Lolita Part 1 and Cinq Petite Sirénes (Five Little Sirens).
Nikolson, Chris (photographer): One book of this artist’s erotic photography, Les Dentelles de l’Automne (Autumn Lace), features older girls but because of his connection to naturist communities, he produced a number of charming postcards of little girls as well.
Nishikawa, Osamu (西川治, photographer): One book of interest is アマンダの日曜日 (Amanda’s Sunday) which follows a little Caucasian girl as she goes about her day. Text by Keiko Kida.
Nomura, Seiichi (野村誠一, photographer): At least in one book, La Prunelle de Verre (ガラスの瞳, The Glass Eye), this artist focuses exclusively on the portraits of little girls.
Obuchi, Shizuki (大渕静樹, Photo-Lolicon): This artist’s work is said to be so sought-after that the only way one can get one of his books is through a deathbed bequest! He published several soft-bound books but one in particular, 少女を撮る (Shooting Little Girls), gives an extensive written account of the minutiae of photographing his subjects. The complete text has been transcribed and I wish someone fluent enough in Japanese and English would translate it for us.
Okabe, Shinzo (岡部信三, Photo-Lolicon): This artist seems to have shot only Asian girls and mostly published in collections with other artists.
Oliver, Ron (photographer): This is a well-known artist and his early work is the most relevant to Pigtails. A book and a series of 30 postcards entitled The Secret Faces of Childhood was published. I own the book and all but four of the postcards. I would at least like scans of the remaining ones. Even if they are not used for a future post, I would like them for the sake of completeness in the Pigtails Library. The missing serial numbers are: 006204, 006220, 006223 and 006224.
Osaka, Mitsu (Photo-Lolicon): One known book of Caucasian girl, 白い妖精 (White Nymph).
Parks, Ayako (あやこパークス, Photo-Lolicon): This photographer is noted for her work in My Fairy featuring her own stepdaughter as model after marrying and moving to California.
Parsons, Jacynth (illustrator): It is lamentable that this illustrator is not better known. She became an accomplished artist when she was a child and depicted many children in her work. In fact, striking similarities between her work and the poses in Balthus’ work was noticed and it was later confirmed that Balthus indeed had a copy of one of her books in his studio!
“Artist 25” (photographer): Because this English artist is still a working artist and has received a lot of flak for his erotic work with young girls decades ago, we will not be using his name until he says so or passes on. He has stated privately that he is not ashamed of his work in the past (nor should he be) and his scope covers a wide range including themed adult nudes, architecture, landscapes etc. His skill in the manipulation of light and shadow is most noticeable in his black-and-white images.
Rejlander, O(scar) G(ustav) (photographer): There are some unreliable accounts that this artist was “known for his child nudes”. In examining Father of Art Photography by Edgar Yoxall Jones, Victorian Children by Graham Ovenden, one image, Allegory of Motherhood, contained in Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs by Julian Cox and Colin Ford, I do not get that impression. I suspect one of two things is happening: 1) His nudes have been actively purged in the name of political correctness or 2) Certain parties are attempting to create the impression that he had this reputation. I would like some more definitive (and documented) information and if the accounts are true, this artist deserves a post on Pigtails, most especially given his significance in the history of photography and art.
Rikitake, Yasushi (力武靖, Photo-Lolicon): Like Kizu, this photographer is a late entry into this genre. His most famous model is Rika Nishimura who still models as an adult. The great majority of his work covers so-called teen idols but there are some lovely images in the younger age range as well.
Royce, Joseph (photographer): This artist published an extensive collection of anatomical studies with his own daughter, Inge, as model: Surface Anatomy (1965).
Rusinov, Mikhail (photographer): Really a political activist who takes photographs, this artist published Holy Nature (1998) about the people and customs at clothing-optional beaches along the Gulf of Finland.
Saimon, Hiromi (彩紋洋美, Photo-Lolicon): This artist has shot both Asian and Caucasian models which not only appear in her own books, but in collections featuring various artists. Two books of note are: きんぽうげ (Buttercup, often referred to as “Princess Laika” after the 12-year-old model) and Märchen Story involving a mannequin doppelganger.
Schenk, Charles (photographer): This artist put together a collection of nude studies of children, Artistic Studies of Human Body (1898) which included 53 photogravures. Since these were not mass produced, they appear in only a handful of collections around the world. Because a copy appeared in an auction recently, a large number of the images were momentarily viewable online. Other books of studies were also produced which contained a wide range of ages including a few of the child images.
Ronalds, Cathy (photographer): This artist wrote an interesting essay on why she prefers non-smiling portraits of little girls.
Shinoyama, Kishin (篠山紀信, Photo-Lolicon): Photo-Lolicon, as I have defined it, does not necessarily include nudes. It is simply a kind of obsession, with erotic undertones, with the intimate life of a young girl. One book of interest is called Namaiki (1996) with text by Akio Nakamori.
Stanaman, L.A. (photographer): This alias was used for the one-off publication Friends and Strangers (1995, Ophelia Editions) featuring the artist’s candid photos of young girls.
Sturges, Jock (photographer): This artist was my introduction to the child nude. I was astounded that such images could be published openly. Sturges has worked within naturist communities in California and France and although the images are meant to be a record of a culture, the emphasis is to bring out the beauty in his subjects. Therefore his works are both document and art.
*Swannell, John (photographer): This artist’s specialty is portraits and figures including nudes. In the earlier years of his career, these included young girls. But as doing this fell out of fashion and he became a royal photographer, he decided to distance himself from that work and reportedly sold off all relevant images to a private collector. I would very much like to see these lost prints (and perhaps negatives) preserved digitally for posterity.
Vinogradov, Alexander (photographer): This portrait photographer has been operating for over 8 years. He is interested in shooting people with interesting and peculiar traits. He won an award for his work featuring a girl with vitiligo.
Voglino, Alessandro (photographer): This artist published a one-off series of black-and-white fashion photographs of a single girl culminating in a few complete nudes: Complice du rêve (Fulfillment of a Dream). Interestingly, in contacting the publisher (Éditions de la Mouette) in my investigations, I received a curious email. In it they not only denied any connection with this project but made a point of requiring an electronic receipt confirming I had read the response!
*Vogt, Christian (photographer): Among the books and coverage in ZOOM Magazine, this artist includes some images by a model named Nina. These images are unusual in that this girl is much younger than the other models he used. I came to find out that she was his daughter. I could just post the images but I would like more background information about those images and the circumstances of their production.
West, Richard (photographer): This artist is a member of some naturist communities and has photographically documented that culture. He published two books showing his best images: Canada Naturally, The Book (1993) and Love for Life (1998).
Whitworth, Jerry (painter, portraits): This artist does portraits of children in oil.
Witkin, Joel-Peter (photographer): This artist’s obsession with the theme of dismemberment apparently came from witnessing an accident in which a little girl was decapitated. Images relevant to this site are reported to appear in Joel-Peter Witkin: Vanitas (2012).
Yamaki, Takami (山木隆未, Photo-Lolicon): One book of interest for this photographer is 小さなおすまし屋さんたち (Little Pretenders).