- Hans P.
- A.& W.
- Mark H.
I am not a nude hiker.
The images of naked bodies taken by the young Swiss photographer Roshan Adhihetty offer glimpses into a world previously unknown to me. As a film-maker, this is also something I seek to do when I look for subjects for my films. I seek out worlds and perspectives that I don’t yet know; that intrigue and unsettle me; that move me and make me think; I seek out images and worlds that I can’t tear myself away from.
In this respect, these genuinely impressive photographs of men and women hiking nude in Germany, Switzerland and Austria captivate me. They are images that go beyond the pure documentary, and, through their staged composition, also direct our gazes at human existence itself.
Images that speak of humankind, of our great yearning to be at one with nature; but at the same time of our vulnerability when faced with the might and majesty of that nature. You don’t need to be a nude hiker for that. Despite his many years involved with the subject, and despite his many years spent accompanying the nude hikers, Roshan Adhihetty also didn’t become one. What he has succeeded in doing with these photographs, however, is as exceptional as it is evident: he has managed to find beauty in the unadorned.
(Ulrich Seidl, sturmanddrang.net)
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»Nacktheit und Prüderie« (amazon.de 2017)
»Histoire de la pudeur« (amazon.de 2017)
Using the example of historically prominent personalities, Jean-Claude Bologne documents the transformation of the sense of shame over the centuries and thus reflects the change in society and its value ideas. It is the first great historical representation of this socially relevant phenomenon and stands out from the ethnologic-anthropological approach of Hans Peter Duerr.
(amazon.de 2017 – translated)
In times of Big Brother & Co, openness is no longer just celebrated as an enlightenment, but increasingly also as shamelessness, says reviewer Anja Lietzmann, which is why the question of shame is being asked more and more frequently. An answer to the importance of shame is found in Jean-Claude Bolognes's history of shame. Bologne seeks to answer the question of whether shame is an anthropological constant or a historical phenomenon. As the reviewer explains, Bologne makes the assumption that shame is a feeling that knows all epochs, but which is expressed in very different ways. In particular, by the example of historical personalities, Bologne talks about the sense of shame in the bathroom, fashion, medicine, the night chair as well as theater and film. The reviewer praises that Bologne – methodically clever – shame in everyday life and shame in art in separate chapters. In particular the reviewer emphasizes Bolognes interest for the shame on nudity and the shame as to the anus. Regrettably, however, the reviewer finds that Bologne has escaped the controversy led by Hans Peter Duerr and his book "The Myth of the Civilization Process" on the subject. According to the reviewer, Duerr points to Bologne that shame on nudity is a universal, that there was therefore no time and culture in which nudity was commonplace.
(perlentaucher.de 2017, notice to a review in Frankfurter Rundschau – translated)
Hans Peter Duerr
Der Mythos vom Zivilisationsprozeß …
… Band 1: »Nacktheit und Scham« (amazon.de 2017)
… Band 2: »Intimität« (amazon.de 2017)
… Band 3: »Obszönität und Gewalt« (amazon.de 2017)
… Band 4: »Der erotische Leib« (amazon.de 2017)
… Band 5: »Die Tatsachen des Lebens« (amazon.de 2017)
The theory of civilisation, which has been essentially acknowledged before, asserts, that humans of the Middle Ages as well as members of so-called primitive cultures, in comparison with us nowadays, had their instincts and affects littlely constricted or regulated, that renunciation of desire was low in these societies, the moderation of the feelings would have been irrelevant. Nudity, sexuality, etc. were more publicly and even less seen as shameful. In the course of the increasing division of labour, however, the social interdependencies have become more intense. The "affects" had been tempered and banished into the private sphere. Hans Peter Duerr proves, that this civilisation theory is false. He shows, that the myth of the process of civilisation is identical with the ideology, used to justify colonialism, insofar as the latter claimed that the European nations were civilising still undeveloped, uncivilised people. Starting from the criticism of the dominant theory of civilisation, Hans Peter Duerr, in his eye-catching first of the originally planned four volume book "Der Mythos vom Zivilisationsprozeß" [en: "Myth of the Civilization Process"], develops a culture history of sexual shame and decency, which includes not only occidental history since its comprehensible beginnings, but also those peoples, which have lived at the periphery of the so-called advanced cultures. He establishes the assumption, that at least within the last forty thousand years, there have been neither savage nor autochthonous (indigenous) peoples, neither primitives nor uncivilised peoples.
(amazon.de 2017 – translated)
Über den Prozess der Zivilisation Band 1 (buecher.de 2017)
Über den Prozess der Zivilisation Band 2 (buecher.de 2017)
The 5 volumes of the "Myth of the Civilization Process" by Hans Peter Duerr refer to the two-volume work "On the Process of Civilisation" by Norbert Elias, published already 1939. However, it did not made its way in the scientific discussion until the sixties and seventies of the twentieth century. It was the first work in history, that provided a coherent theory of civilisation development. It was even believed that Elias formulated a universal, theory of civilisation here.
However, Elias himself had stated that he had based his research on the development in Western Europe in the period from about 800 to 1900 AD. I.e. the theory developed by him was also justified only for this period and this geographical area. In fact, it was Hans Peter Duerr, who proved, that Elias' conclusions were neither applicable to other times nor to other cultural realms, by accessing much more comprehensive source material as to time and location, and that the the "directed process of civilisation" described by Elias is a myth.
Nevertheless, the developments in Elias' work for the region of Western Europe in the period from about 800 to 1900 AD are quite exciting to read, e.g. the theory of shame contained in there, so that we recommend Elias' standard work for reading.
There is a very instructive review article about the dispute between Elias and Duerr and the different approaches of both authors: Über den Prozeß der Zivilisation (German; there is also a corresponding article in English, but is not a translation of the comprehensive one in German)
The long-term transformations of social and personality structures form the central theme of Norbert Elias' work. How did the 'civilisation' in the West take place? What was it? What were the drives, causes, or motors? Elias' work is neither an investigation of an 'evolution' in the 19th century sense nor an investigation of non-specific 'social change' in the sense of the 20th century: His work is fundamental for a non-dogmatic, empirically founded sociological theory of social processes.
(buecher.de 2017 – translated)
»Naked Hiking« (buecher.de)
»Naked Hiking« is an exciting and healthy activity which can be enjoyed by everybody, male or female, of any age, almost anywhere. Perhaps you've wondered whether you could to it too, and if so how, or where might you begin? Or maybe you are an experienced nude hiker already, and feel like stretching your wings a little further by reading about other people's nude adventures in the great outdoors. Many people may be surprised to discover that hiking nude in public spaces is fully legal and actively supported in many countries all around the world. […]
»The World Naked Bike Ride«
»The World Naked Bike Ride« (buecher.de)
»The World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR)« is a global protest against oil dependency and urban pollution, promoting greater cycling safety on our roads, and encouraging body freedom for everyone. This book visually describes the environmental awareness event that is the WNBR, the history of how it started, the people who take part, and the motivations behind this very public and urgent demonstration. Including 250 photographs and images. Written and compiled by Richard Foley. With a foreword by Conrad Schmidt.
»Active Nudists: Naked Living at Home and in Public«
Riding on horseback in the nude? Pedaling a bicycle through the city stark naked? Demonstrating naked? Hiking in public without any clothes on? Is that possible? Yes! Let yourself be surprised by private photos taken by enthusiastic advocates of nudism! Riding on horseback in the nude? Pedaling a bicycle through the city stark naked? Demonstrating naked? Hiking in public without any clothes on? Is that possible? Yes! Let yourself be surprised by private photos taken by enthusiastic advocates of nudism! This photobook is divided into ten chapters, each of which contains comprehensive illustrations and interesting texts about the nudists’ naked activities and experiences. Everything is completely authentic and spontaneous. Here’s an inspiring appeal to be free, to finally cast off false modesty and to practicing natural nudity yourself everywhere!
Anita & Wolfgang Gramer
»1, 2, Frei! Das Nacktaktivbuch«
»1, 2, Frei! Das Nacktaktivbuch« (buecher.de)
»ONE, TWO, FREE! The Naktivity Book« describes the recent rebirth of a nearly forgotten culture of being naked in Germany, but also in many other european countries.
(buecher.de 2017 – translated)
»Wandern mit nix«
»Wandern mit nix« (buecher.de)
»Hiking With Nothing« describes 7 routes for hiking in the buff along the unique wild-romantic coast of Cabo de Gata, gives manifold impressions about a nearly untouched landscape and ist above all a likeable and charming field report on naked living in a forward-looking and open-minded country. Many remarkable colour photos complete the description to a realistic image of potential naked activities under Andalusian sun.
(buecher.de 2017 – translated)
Our Philosophy / Book Service »Integral naktive«
Our Philosophy / Book Service »Integral naktive« (nacktiv.de – English)
»Our chosen life-style, our philosophy, is to be 'integral nacktiv':«
We believe that we're just fine, the way we are.
You'd like to know more?
You'd like to know more about being 'integrally' naked?
You can read on in our books. (nacktiv.de – EN)
Mark Haskell Smith
»Naked at Lunch« A man strips naked
What is the kick to take a drink on a cruise ship in the middle of 2,000 nudists – and then register for the textile-free yoga class? How does it feel to dine naked? Is the attention of the connoisseur more keen than ever when it comes to textile-free wine tasting? And is it surprising, that in a naked trekking tour in Austria all the encounting people kindly salute? In a self-experiment, Mark Haskell Smith has gone to the world of nudists for a year, researching their undresscodes, their lifestyle and their philosophy. Always undressed, of course. Whether naked or dressed - this book will make your life more free …
(buecher.de 2017 – translated)
»Immediate Family« (buecher.de – EN)
"First published in 1992, Immediate Family has been lauded by critics as one of the great photography books of our time, and among the most influential. Taken against the Arcadian backdrop of her woodland summer home in Virginia, Sally Mann’s extraordinary, intimate photographs of her children reveal truths that embody the individuality of her own family yet ultimately take on a universal quality. With sublime dignity, acute wit, and feral grace, Mann’s pictures explore the eternal struggle between the child’s simultaneous dependence and quest for autonomy — the holding on and the breaking away. This is the stuff of which Greek dramas are made: impatience, terror, self-discovery, self-doubt, pain, vulnerability, role-playing, and a sense of immortality, all of which converge in these astonishing photographs. This reissue of Immediate Family is printed using new scans and separations from Mann’s original prints, which were taken with an 8-by-10-inch view camera, rendering them with a freshness and sumptuousness true to the original edition.
Sally Mann (born in Lexington, Virginia, 1951) is one of America’s most renowned photographers. Her work has been exhibited around the world and is held by such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art, all in New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. She has received numerous honors, including a doctorate from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, D.C., and a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship."
»Immediate Family«, Photographs by Sally Mann | Afterword by Reynolds Price
"[…] Sally Mann published Immediate Family (Aperture), a book of photographs of her children playing on their family farm in Virginia, which was called »disturbing« by the New York Times and »degenerate« by the Wall Street Journal. The children were often nude, as the secluded farm was miles away from strangers, and the children’s poses, innocent to her eyes, deeply disturbed many who saw them.
She said she and her children, collaborators, were trying to tell a story of growing up. »We tell it all without fear and without shame.« Later she said, »The fact is that these are not my children; they are figures on silvery paper slivered out of time. […] These are not my children with ice in their veins, these are not my children at all; these are children in a photograph.«"
At times she sounded defensive, at times uncertain why there was controversy at all. She had not prepared a standard response because she did not expect many people to see these photographs, much less for the pictures to become a cultural lighting rod. […]"
THE BLOG 12/31/2015 03:42 pm ET | Updated Dec 31, 2016 | Sally Mann: »Immediate Family«
»Marriage and Morals« (buecher.de)
Offers a cross-cultural examination of individual, familial and societal attitudes towards sex and marriage. Exploring the codes by which we live our sexual lives and conventional morality, this title sets out a fresh morality, shaped and influenced by dramatic changes in society such as the emancipation of women and the use of contraceptives.
»Radiant Identities« (buecher.de)
"Of course there's the curiosity. What do I look like? Sometimes disappointment, sometimes pleasure. But it's not just about me: Jock makes the whole world look remarkable – like heaven. He lets me see my own world in a new way."
– the voice of one of Sturges's subjects, from Elizabeth Beverly's introduction "[Sturges's] gelatin silver prints luxuriate in textures of sand, flesh, cloth, tide pools and gentle waves.
"… superbly printed, expressive in their modulations of light and joyful tonalities … the high mark of Sturges's work is its naturalness, its gentle attentions to the pleasure that can be found in life."
– "The Boston Globe"
"… Sturges's people are grave, well-formed, and poetic. Best to think of his world as an inviting fiction: one phtographer's Eden, where a little knowledge doesn't get you expelled from the garden."
– "People" magazine
»Fanny« (buecher.de 2019)
»Fanny« is an extended portrait of a young girl's transition from child to woman. Made over a period of 23 years, the images are at once beautiful in their detail of light and identity and also frankly anthropological in their descriptive effect. A naturist since birth, Fanny's comfort with nudity and her natural self has allowed Sturges to draw an engaging portrait of the evolution of a human being with few social distractions. His access to the girl's and woman's character is direct and fascinating. Long known for his extended portraits of children and adolescents, this work is strong evidence of Sturges permanent commitment to the people in his work.
»Der letzte Tag des Sommers«
»Der letzte Tag des Sommers« (buecher.de 2017)
»Der letzte Tag des Sommers« (eurobuch.de 2019)
Jock Sturges has captured people, who he loves and appreciates, with his photographs: mothers and daughters, friends, children. He shows them in the most melancholy of all seasons, the last days of summer, in which happiness, sweet heaviness, and a little bit of grief join. In front of the lens of his camera, people reveal their relationships, not only to the other, but also show how their inner nature has faced the world. Full of magic in detail, these images have arisen over years, in mutual trust, even admiration of the artist and his subjects.
In her introductory essay, Jayne Anne Phillips interprets the photographs and explores the complex emotional relationships between mother and child, the complexity of the feelings, that speak of Sturges' images. He captures in the photos the grace, warmth and beauty, a feeling of the dignity, that conveys to us.
»The Last Day of Summer«
»The Last Day of Summer« (buecher.de 2019)
»The Last Day of Summer« (aperture.org 2019)
"In the fifty-eight images of this handsome ... monograph, Sturges sustains a delicate balance on a very precarious wire ... His struggle is to observe and render his subjects in all of their complexities, trembling on the cusp of change. The result of this long-term, communal effort is one of the most clear-eyed, responsible investigations of puberty and the emergence of sexuality in the medium's history, making a metaphor of the metamorphosis from child to adult."—A. D. Coleman, The New York Observer
In 1990 the FBI entered Sturges's studio and seized his work, claiming violation of child pornography laws. Citizens, artists, and the media responded with outrage. With The Last Day of Summer, Aperture accords Sturges's vision the dignity and respect it so richly deserves.
Jock Sturges (born in New York, 1947) received a B.A. in perceptual psychology and photography from Marlboro College in Vermont, in 1974, and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1985. He has exhibited internationally, and his photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris. His previous Aperture books include Notes, The Last Day of Summer, and Radiant Identities.
»At the Edge of the World«
Jock Sturges: »At the Edge of the World« (buecher.de)
Alain Laboile lives with his family in a small village in the south-west of France. Originally a sculptor, he bought his first camera a few years ago to capture his sculptures. However, his six children and their free, wild lifestyle around the house and the garden went involuntarily into his focus. Laboile can be described as a natural talent of photography. His pictures show the freedom of childish play and are emotionally complex. Like no other, he understands, how to capture their interaction and push the trigger exactly at the right moment. Without any doubt, the photographes of Laboile, which capture the psychologically decisive moment, can be compared with the works of the great French photographers Jacques Henri Lartigue and Cartier Bresson. His works determine a new standard of photography, that deals with the life of children. Alain Laboile's photographs are almost euphorically received by a constantly growing international fan base.
(buecher.de 2017 – translated)
For a very long time, people are roaming nude in nature. Nude bathing is now quite self-evident. In the last few years, the trend of hiking in the buff has attracted more and more followers, so that, in May 2010, Germany's first signposted Nude Hiking Trail was officially opened in the Harz Mountains. Nicole Wunram describes the course of the route. People new to that lifestyle learn, how they can join a group and which preparatory measures are necessary.
(buecher.de – translated)