One indication that we have truly entered a new era of creativity are the photographs
of John Casado. His nudes, reveal new attitudes and new visions that stamp him firmly
as an artist who differs from his predecessors of the past 170 years. In the past two
centuries, from the earliest days of photography, the nude has evolved slowly, but there
is now a decided change.
Photography was used to replicate art in the first years. For the most part, photographs
of the nude figure were used as inexpensive substitutes for live models by painters.
Towards the end of the Nineteenth century photographers, like the Baron Wilhem von
Gloeden in Taormina, Sicily, began to see their work as an art form in itself. But even
these softly homoerotic depictions of the days of Greece still strongly related to classical
concepts of the nude body. The various forms of presentation recalled the statuary of
the Greeks and Romans, the re-evocations of the Renaissance, and the continuing
classical manner of showing the body through the Seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
By the mid-Twentieth century, when the art photograph had been firmly stablished,
names like Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham and George Platt Lynes were
recognized and respected. However, there was still little deviation from presenting