A deliciously explicit addition to my collection of early-1900s photographs featuring the incomparable Il Serpente, ‘The snake’ - the most naturally blessed and beautifully, brazenly seductive of all Vincenzo Galdi’s models.
If other photographers wished to give their work an air of respectability with classical allusions and reference to an Arcadian idyl, Vincenzo Galdi was publishing photographs with no such delicate gloss of innocence. Often explicit, always emphasising the sensual, the erotic, the full-frontal nude presented without discretion or modesty. We see variations on this pose - seated, knees parted - over and over and over again.
A true and deserved star of early erotic photography, this beautiful model is one of my favourites (indeed, I chose him as the avatar to represent this whole collection). We have seen this sensual photograph by Vincenzo Galdi before, but not so large nor so detailed; do take a closer look at the full size image to fully appreciate such an exquisite man!
One more of Vincenzo Galdi’s daringly dirty photographs from the turn of the last century, a continuation of a scene seen here.
A fine example of Vincenzo Galdi’s unreservedly raunchy homoerotic scenes from the early years of the twentieth century.
There’s some debate on whether we see here a cleverly constructed duplication of the same ravishing model photographed in two poses, or twins - the profiles appear to differ in the other shot, though that may just be the angle of the heads, and it seems to me that the man on the left both times has tanned legs, while the one on the right, does not. And yet their bodies are so remarkably alike that they must surely be the same man twice! A puzzle indeed. What do you think?
This stern-faced Italian model makes a strikingly beautiful and seductive subject for Vincenzo Galdi’s erotic male photography, in the early years of the 20th century. We have seen him pose before, for his sultry and somewhat sullen good looks I have dubbed him the brooding beauty.
A poor quality copy, but well worthy of inclusion for the rare explicit content! Taken in 1880s France, this daring selection of anonymously published pictures are some of the earliest photographic homosexual pornography known to exist; the rest of the set can be seen here.
A genuine delight, here, another photograph of the charming Carlo, lover of the painter Robert Hawthorn Kitson, and captured on camera by Vincenzo Galdi in the early years of the 20th century. I had gathered all his portraits so far into a set, now I shall have to make room for one more!
Another of the quite wonderful pornographic photographs by Vincenzo Galdi which were donated to my collection at the end of last year. This is sadly not the clearest quality, but every last one of these scandalous erotic images must be treasured, it is remarkable that they’ve survived at all!
What a beautiful young man, gazing at a single flower plucked from the overspilling vase at his side - see, fallen petals scattered across his thigh. I have another, possibly even more lovely, portrait of this same model from Rome, photographed by Galdi in the early years of the 20th century.
What a fine treat, a third photograph from this series of gloriously sensual sunlit scenes by Vincenzo Galdi, who took the idea of innocent outdoor nudes pioneered by Von Gloeden, and turned it into something altogether more earthy, and deliberately erotic. Once again we see one beautiful young man lie draped over the rocks, while another gazes longingly down at him - a theme carried through all images in the set.
Turn of the century titilation courtesy of Vincenzo Galdi, a smutty delight in an era where male nudity was generally presented as artistic innocence. Instead, he relishes the opportunity to provide startlingly saucy erotica featuring handsome Italian men, well-built, and often extremely well-endowed. We’ve seen a similar single shot before.
His shoulders enfolded in a thick cloak, this Galdi model shows not the slightest bit of shyness in flaunting his lower half, legs parted to expose all to the sun, and the viewer’s admiring eye. Vincenzo Galdi has seated his anonymous models on these dark volcanic rocks before, here and here.
I’ve long been adding ‘All I want for Christmas is Victorian gay porn’ as a tongue-in-cheek tag on an already frivolous greeting card post each December; this year I was surprisingly fortunate to actually be given some - six smutty photographs by Vincenzo Galdi!
Taken around the turn of the century, this is the first of them, typifying his bold and brazen style, pretending to be neither high art nor anatomical study, but honest unashamed eroticism.
Vincenzo Galdi once again presents the erotic male nude in all its sensuous, earthy glory, choosing expressive, attractive, and invariably well-endowed models, who revel in assuming the provocative poses - confident seductive men fully aware of their power to entice and arouse those who look upon them. How proud would they be to know we still pass their pictures around for admiration over a century later! We have seen this particular model pose before, here, and also here.