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Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Christopher J Johnson Christopher J Johnson selects Copyright/Archive by Sanne Sannes as Book of the Week.

Copyright/Archive. By Sanne Sannes. Cannibal Publishing, 2015.
Christopher J Johnson selects Copyright/Archive by Sanne Sannes from Cannibal Publishing as Book of the Week.

“A monumental publication in the realm of Fine Art Nude Photography, Copyright/Archive is a long overdue look at Sanne Sannes and his place in the medium – which is a large one.

Engaging with these pictures I constantly ask myself has Fine Art Nude Photography really gained any ground since Sanne Sannes took these amazing, light-filled and intimate photographs?

Eroticism in a Sanne Sannes photograph is not the garish compartmentalized bodies we so frequently see today; they aren’t photographs of groins and free floating breasts, but rather his erotic work seems to capture the moment of eroticism, the act of the erotic itself.

The majority of the works are double-exposures and close-ups of female faces; they express the closeness of the erotic (literally, the closeness of an erotic act) and the movement involved. The pictures evoke the act of sex, but not like a D’Agata image does; rather, Sanne Sannes’ photographs do not make you question the nexus between the erotic and the violent or grotesque – instead they remind the viewer of all the qualities of nearness that eroticism takes in tow: the heat of breath, the delicate touch of stray and long hanging hair, the overwhelming claustrophobia of flesh on flesh and a complete and utter collapse of selfhood as two forms become one.

Adding to their strangeness and, certainly, increasing the quality of these images is that they lack any sense of the voyeuristic; you don’t witness these photographs, you ‘recall’ them; these images help you remember what you already have a knowledge of from personal experience.

This beautifully produced book of black-and-white photographs will make obsolete all your other books in the field and re-align you to what Fine Art Nude Photography should be – an intimate experience.”— Christopher J Johnson

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Copyright/Archive. By Sanne Sannes. Cannibal Publishing, 2015.
Copyright/Archive. By Sanne Sannes. Cannibal Publishing, 2015.


Christopher J Johnson lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a resident writer for the Meow Wolf art collective and book reviewer for Garth Clark’s Cfile Foundation. His first book of poetry, &luckier, has been released by the University of Colorado. He is, as of 2016, Manager of photo-eye’s Book Division.







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