Published as a postcard circa 1910, this sandalled strongman leaves nothing to chance in protecting his modesty, and wears a large paper leaf, thoroughly secured with plenty of string!
Though very similar to this other photograph by von Gloeden, the mood here is changed entirely - no peace and gentleness in the model’s pose, the addition of some dark stain to represent blood spilling beneath his fingers.
Taken in the November of 1904, this photograph of Pancrazio Buccini Il Moro and a much taller friend (whose name is sadly not recorded) has been censored - at the time of publishing, not a modern digital edit - by the careful drawing in of a white loin cloth. This is not the only time this appears in von Gloeden’s work, as the examples here and here do show!
A wonderful addition to the regrettably small selection of stereoscopic 19th century nudes. We have seen this very pair of models before, with their artfully edited white pencilled drapery (this time they appear to be sharing a single piece of the fictional fabric wound around both waists!)
Photographed in Prague in the early 20th century, Gustav Frištenský. A second image of him can be seen here, and he features in the earliest known film of a wrestling match - 1913, against Josef Smejkal.
A publicity photograph, circa 1900, signed by the man himself.
Published in 1904/1905 as an aid to artists wishing to better understand and capture the human figure in their work, these reference photographs have been made that little bit more modest by the addition of white wispy ‘fabric’, carefully added by hand to the master copy before printing. From L’Étude Academique by A. Vignola, Paris.
Censorship by conveniently placed leaf! Not just for statues! Two versions of the same photograph by Wilhelm von Gloeden, with the oddly amusing addition of a cut-out covering the parts deemed unsuitable for publishing. I’m rather glad the unedited version has survived as well, it would be a sad loss not to look upon the full beauty of this handsome model.
A curiosity here, a von Gloeden picture from the 1890’s in both censored and uncensored form : quite why only one of the models was covered up is beyond me (is it mere co-incidence that he is the most well-endowed, was his size deemed unseemly for an innocent picture?). The skill in creating a realistic loincloth with early photo-editing techniques is impressive - had we not got the unaltered version as proof of the creative tampering, I think many would have been fooled.