Nudes of Akte Von Nus De Jean Straker. Jean Straker.
Nudes of Akte Von Nus De Jean Straker
Nudes of Akte Von Nus De Jean Straker

Nudes of Akte Von Nus De Jean Straker

London: Charles Skilton Ltd 1958. Not paginated. Red leather with titles in gilt on spine and author's signature in gilt on front cover. 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Spine sunned. Marked "My own special edition ~ bound in leather ~ is limited to 110 copies. This copy is numbered 81 (Eighty-one) Jean Straker 12 soho square london january 1958" on the second endpaper. Full leather binding with bumped corners and wear at the extremities. Photos are not plates and therefore are not blank on the back. The photos have either have other images or text. Very Good. Boards. [14230]


Lots of black and white photography, mostly nude women. The book is divided into 7 sections "each representing a particular approach to the problems of photography as practised at my lecture demonstrations."

"Ethelred Jean Straker (20 April 1913 - 1984) was a British photographer and campaigner against censorship. Born in London, to a Russian emigré father, his mother was an English ballerina. After leaving school he went to work in a film publicity office. Turning freelance, he ghosted articles for film and theatre magazines, which he illustrated with his own photographs. During the Second World War he was a conscientious objector, but he combined his duties as an Air Raid Precautions (ARP) Warden with that of a surgical photographer for the Ministry of Information. He bought a studio in Soho Square in 1945 and set up a firm called the Photo Union. He liked to experiment with colour photography, but this proved expensive. He also quickly bored of having to deal with clients. This motivated him in 1951 to turn his studio into the Visual Arts Club, the aim of which was to allow him, through lectures and demonstrations, to pass on his ideas to others as well as to provide nude models for amateur photographers. Straker came up with the term “appraisers” for those who just wanted to watch and learn. Life drawing classes were also a major part of the club. The club would often take part in London's Soho Fair with a float of their own and an exhibition called Femina. In 1961 the name of the club changed to The Academy of Visual Arts. On 22 May 1958 the BBC Third Programme broadcast a discussion on Pin-ups and Figure Studies with Jean Straker and fellow photographers Jack Eston and Walter Bird. The passing of the 1959 Obscene Publications Act in 1959 resulted in a continuous cycle of prosecutions and appeals as Straker refused to compromise his artistic integrity. He became instrumental in changes to the censorship laws of the United Kingdom in the 1960s. After nearly a decade of litigation, he retired to Sussex. He died in 1984." (wiki)

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