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Marijn Kruijff
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Impish Nudes of the Transgressive Filmmaker Richard Kern

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Richard Kern was born in 1954 in North Carolina and raised there in a small town called Roanake Rapids. His father was the editor and chief photogrpaher of the local paper so he played with cameras as a kid. He also had a perfect attendance record at Sunday school until he was age 15.

Drug Pathos

Kern started taking naked photos after getting off heroin in 1988. It was a cheap way to replace the drug pathos he was missing. He doesn't consider most of his photos erotic; he sees them as portraits of the kind of quirky cute girls he has liked all his life.

Shot by Kern

For him, a perfect model is one that fits into his realm, who is intelligent and willing to do whatever he asks for a photo. These days they email him.He has a show on called Shot by Kern that somehow makes girls want to work with him.

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Fig.1. Lucy in Bed  (2003)

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Fig.3. Sasha Grey (2009)

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Fig.5. Crepúsculo (1993)

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Fig.6.  Erin 

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Fig.7. Still from an unreleased silent film by Kern

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Fig.8. A stripper Kern shot (1995)

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More of Kern's photographic work can be found on the artist's site

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Sources:,,,,, The New Erotic Photography by Dian Hanson