Tuesday, July 31, 2012




For the latest blog post, I asked several people to contribute an erotic Polaroid or Photobooth photo.  Some collectors were a little gun shy, while others were only too happy to contribute.  For this one, three collectors submitted more than one photo.  Enjoy!

Why would a young woman take a nude photo of herself? Narcissism? To send to a boyfriend? Or maybe just to preserve a record of how she looked when she thought she looked beautiful -- to freeze in time her fleeting youth.  Maybe she had no lover, had no sense of what she looked like, and simply wanted to see her body as if through another's eyes. Maybe nobody had ever complimented her on her figure, or someone had been critical of it, and she was trying to figure out why. In any case, this particular woman probably didn't mean to take an artistic image, or even an erotic one, but she did. The soft side light, the composition, the blur, the colors -- it's all perfect. But she probably didn't notice any of those things as she watched the image develop.

Pat Street

The Polaroid, or instant photograph, provided erotic thrill seekers with the opportunity to see themselves "in the act" almost immediately. Certainly, without access to a private darkroom, it had been impossible to capture intimate moments such as found above. The instantaneous nature of the Polaroid provided a newfound freedom in photographic expression, giving rise to an entire genre of sexual imagery. Meant only for personal consumption originally, this last image is one in a series of overt scenes which came from quite an unusual source. Discovered in the estate of a pair of nuns (actual biological sisters, too!) in Phillipsburg, NJ, the photos documented various forms of sexual expression, some of which could easily raise an eyebrow or two, maybe more! Instant pix of fevered encounters served not only as mementos of those heated events, but as catalysts for subsequent adventures for the participants. Today, as Polaroid slowly fades away, such prints are difficult to find and very highly prized.

Mark Lee Rotenberg

This is a single overall print the local smut sales gave to newsstand owners and other "under-the-table" sellers of nudie pics.
"Order as many as you like, I'll be by next week with your prints." (in a discreet, plain brown envelope, of course.)

What I like about this image is its straight-forward, direct photograph of (breasts, boobs, tits—choose one).  The girls head is cut off, her arms open and receiving.

It's like "Here they are, take a good look. Got it? OK."

John Foster
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I rented an old-fashioned photo booth for my 50th birthday. At the end of the evening, I was surprised to see not one but two erotic posings by friends. This one is humorous; as another friend told me she happened to walk by the booth as this strip was being taken. Through a gap in the curtain she noticed the body part placement was slightly off.  "Higher darling, you've got to lift it higher" she said casually as she strolled by.

This image isn’t vintage, but the 1960’s theme gives it an authentic vibe, and I’m perpetually amused by the sophomoric aspect of mooning the camera.

Sabine Ocker
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Here the intimate situation is palpable, but the face is really what's of interest.

Joel Rotenberg
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The commercial availability of Edwin Land’s “instant photography” in 1948 ushered in a wonderful era of amateur pornography. For the first time, couples were able to capture and preserve intimate moments.  Reliance on commercial processing and pornography laws had previously limited sexually explicit photography to those with access to private darkrooms.  The image above is a good example of the products of the new freedom and, like so many similar photos, includes evidence of having been kept in a wallet or manhandled.  For me, the framing, the man’s profile, the collection of objects balancing the image on the opposite side of the room, and, most importantly, the mood, combine to create a strong photograph.

The image below is a good example of another category of photos that sprang from the new technology: photographers proudly memorializing their own anatomies. Mirrors were often complicit. In this carefully staged image, the photographer has done his best to prepare for the moment and the hanging towel, the arrangement of dark and light tiles, and the “t-like” composition with the hint of the Polaroid camera do the rest.

The fertile Polaroid era ended abruptly with the advent of digital photography.

Mark Glovsky
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I have always liked this one.  I guess it's just your average barbershop smut pic.  I like the good humor of the two girls.  When i lived in Springfield, Missouri, some guy off the square, down near where the architectural salvage store was, had   thousands of these photos strewn on the floor in the back room of his shop.  They were a dollar a piece.  I wish I had bought them all.   This one was found on eBay.

John Van Noate
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