What a beautiful classically-inspired scene from von Gloeden; quite typical of his work, and quite lovely!
A skilfully composed garden scene by Wilhelm von Gloeden, taken toward the end of the 19th century at his villa in Taormina, Sicily.
Notably different to the usual stiffly posed formal photographs, this pair appear refreshingly relaxed in front of the camera, standing as casually in the studio as they might when chatting to a pal in the street!
A captivating close-up portrait of Pietro by von Gloeden, taken in 1890s Taormina, Sicily.
I remain utterly at a loss to explain what goes on in this tintype photograph! At first I thought the seated fellow was acting the sewing up of a split in the other chap’s trousers, with white paper playing the part of the tear - but then I spotted more paper and a pair of scissors in the kneeling man’s hand.
Another gorgeous portrait of Vincenzo Galdi by Plüschow, this often-repeated pose perfect to highlight his handsome profile and beautiful neck & jawline, his hair a ruffled mess of curls when let to grow longer.
Beginning his involvement with photography as a model, he went on to become a photographer in his own right, breaking all boundaries between the sensual nude and provocative erotica - see my collected examples of his work here.
The utterly gorgeous Vincenzo Galdi, posing in profile for his mentor Guglielmo Plüschow c1890. We have seen a remarkably similar shot before, just a slight shift in position, his eyes raised a little here and more downcast in the other, and more flowers tucked into his hair - I imagine model and photographer poring over the developed prints, discussing which they preferred.
What a pity these sitters did not decide to annotate their photographs, how nice it would be to know their names!
An alternate version of this photograph by Guglielmo Plüschow, showing much crisper light than the close-up - as they were taken outdoors, not with studio lighting, maybe we see here the difference between full sun and the softening shade of a cloud. This handsome model has featured in a selection of other pictures, you can see them all collected here.
Two pipe-smokers share an amicable round of drinks, the lidded mugs curious but unfortunately too widespread to help us pin this picture to a particular country of origin.
A tender image of deep affection; two handsome young gents share a bench, and an obvious close companionship, in the latter part of the 19th century.
A simple, soulful portrait of Antonio or ‘Nino’ Cesarini, photographed by Guglielmo Plüschow in the early years of the 20th century.
I’m extremely fond of these antique photographs of affectionate men, this one is particularly sweet, with the subtlest of smiles, and each holding a circular fan.
Two handsome well-dressed chaps circa 1870, posing with the rather unconvincing plaster rocks which seem to have been a staple of every 19th century photographer’s studio.