Ever since photography was invented almost 175 years ago, the human body has been a major source of inspiration for many of the artists who have used the medium.
The photography collection of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag includes dozens of variations on the ‘human body as image’ theme. Together they provide a rich and varied overview of the genre. The beauty and power of the human body is frequently the main focus, as in the photos of Wilhelm von Gloeden, Sally Mann and Jock Sturges. But just as often the subject is the vulnerability and transience of mortal man in all his nakedness, as it is in the work of Koos Breukel, Hendrik Kerstens and Hellen van Meene.