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 to facilitate internet searches. In addition, if you have a copy of a Japanese book, look for these characters (撮影) which means “photographed by” and look up and accompanying characters here to help identify the artist. We would happy to assist with any identifications that cannot be found here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
*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.
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.
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.
Kizu, Satoshi (photographer): 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 entry 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.