Reka Nyari’s debut book simlpy titled Female Erotic Photography took the world by storm when it was released in 2011. Three years later it resonates now more than ever. Admittedly this review is slightly self serving as a majority of the primary editorials shot for Papierdoll has been by Nyari. But if the book were terrible, it would have been just as difficult to review. Thankfully it’s not.
Nyari delves in the harder edge side of feminine beauty with extensive flesh throughout. There is no apology for the strong images, and there need not be, it’s what she shoots without compromise. Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart once said (and we’re paraphrasing here) that he knew the difference between pornography and art and when he saw pornography he would know what it is. I think Nyari, challenges that notion by merging what could be gratuitous images of the female form in a variety of interesting positions, possibly melding tiny bits of pornography with a whole heaping hand of art.
Now the question becomes, after reading the book can you tell the difference?
Female Erotic Photography
by Reka Nyari
Published 2011 / Tectum Publishers