William Blake Richmond (1842–1921) was best known for his portrait work and decorative mosaics in St. Paul’s Cathedral. In its way, this composition of a naked child clinging to mother is an archetype. It reminds me a lot of O.G. Rejlander’s Allegory of Motherhood.
It’s one thing to take pictures (of whatever artistic merit) of other families, but it’s another to get a glimpse of the private life of an artist himself.
Robert Frank passed away only a few months ago.
Niki Boon is a self-taught photographer from New Zealand whose work emphasizes the freedoms of family life. It is nice to see there are still people bringing attention to the quality of childhood unfettered by needless public prudery.
I grew up on a farm in rural New Zealand, with a childhood barefoot ,wild and free. In part my photographic work pulls from my childhood freedoms and adventures that still exist so strongly in my mind. -From her website
This photograph is from a collection documenting life in the German city of Mehrow. Thus these are really snapshots and not images from a professional photographer. You can read here account here. But once again it helps illustrate the attitudes of different people in different times.
Of course, strictly speaking, Ms. Böhm would not really be the photographer since she is simply recounting her childhood, but rather one of her family members or friends, perhaps Falko.
Information is scarce on this photographer but there is this compelling image collected by Pip. it is often when the subject is unclear and in shadow that it becomes the most intriguing.
Another artist in the tradition of documentary street photography. Shirley Baker’s (1932–2014) work covered here is from the Manchester area in the 1960s.
Gundega Değe is a Latvian artist and, from the looks of it, is skilled at capturing candid shots of children. But the artist also puts together some interesting posed compositions as well, both in black and white and color.
In case it is not abundantly clear, the presence of children in the nude is hardly a rarity since practically the advent of photography. Almost exclusively, they are taken at naturist camps or produced with the cooperation of the families who frequent them.
Elvira Amrhein (b1957) was born in Germany, the daughter and granddaughter of artists but works in France. Her paintings are meant to have a spiritual depth “For a moment the divine becomes alive, imbuing the artist’s creations with the power to transform viewers into initiates … Ageless legendary characters bring a breath of the divine with them”. It makes sense that a young girl’s body should represent the archetype of agelessness and spiritual purity. In addition, the prevalence of bare skin (only the requisite accoutrements of angels is needed) also helps detach the characters from the fashion of the day giving them their timeless quality.
Like so many other artists, Berit Alits does commercial work (weddings and child portraiture) to make ends meet. Despite the documentary nature of the work, there is always a creative impulse to satisfy. The image shown here is hardly documentary.
The artist identifies the model as Courtney and there are other shots of the same girl on her creative photography page.