Surreal Nude Photography from David Lynch


Dark, seductive, and vaguely timeless, David Lynch’s aesthetic is easily recognizable. It’s what made him one of the world’s most beloved cult auteurs, and what has garnered him a devoted fan base. While this year began with the highly anticipated revival of his hit show Twin Peaks, 2017 will also end on a Lynchian high note, with the release of his new book of photography, Nudes.

Out now through Fondation Cartier, Nudes comes 10 years after The Air Is On Fire, Fondation’s expansive exhibition of his photographs and paintings, and features over 100 images exploring his fascination with the human body. “I like to photograph naked women,” he said. “The infinite variety of the human body is fascinating: it is amazing and magic to see how different women are.”

The mysterious and abstract nature of the images perfectly reflects Lynch’s film oeuvre. Through shadows and stylized focus on his subjects, the viewer is given hints and suggestions that there is a narrative at play—something unexplained, yet present. It’s not about the women, nor their bodies, but about the person watching them. Even the close-ups seem elusive, with slightly obstructed faces expressing unreadable emotions.

While there has been renewed interest in Lynch recently, the man has been quite busy with creative pursuits outside of filmmaking. In 2014 he held several solo exhibitions for Factory Photographs, a series of images of factories from around the world that he had shot over the course of two decades. That same year, he collaborated with Carol Lim and Humberto Leon for a Kenzo fashion show, and the documentary David Lynch: The Art Life was released, exploring his career.

Though he has yet to announce any future projects, judging by the release of Nudes, fans should expect the unexpected and to know that it will likely have an air of something familiar, something perfectly Lynch.

Nudes by David Lynch is available online via Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain.


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