Jean Cocteau described Clergue as “a poet with a camera.” Pablo Picasso proclaimed Clergue “the Monet of the camera.” Nudes are one of the most difficult subjects to get just right, and each viewer will have his or her own personal definitions of what is graceful, or tasteful, or altogether too much. Clergue’s nudes however walk the tightrope of exquisiteness and provocation.
Mike Nelson – 2008
Image from “Lightning Fields,” n series of photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Each image is a unique document of an electrical current. Hiroshi Sugimoto uses a 400,000-volt Van De Graaff generator to apply an electrical charge directly onto his film. © Hiroshi Sugimoto