Hermann Försterling is a German photographer born in 1955. His work is based on the female body belongs to a classic tradition making flesh and shapes human landscapes. But to this traditional approach, he adds a fetichist touch (notably bondage) making his work totally personal and, more importantly, strongly sensual and sexually evocative. Dirty and clean seem odd words in his visual universe. It's only the ever changing kaleidoscopic triumph of the skin. More to see here or there.
Vincent Gouriou is a (rather) young French photographer whose portraits raise a curious moving melancholy in the viewer's mood. But a strangely happy one since his pictures have a rare sensuality, surely due to the sense of intimacy we share with the model. There's not in his images, the sometimes freezed scenography of supposely so many poetic portraits, even some I have posted on this blog before. Gouriou shows a much greater empathy with the people than these "makers". I would say, although I'm not particularly found of the psychological specificities of my country, that he has something that French have shown in their history, this ability to thinks larger than his own self. To feel that he belongs not only to humanity, but to each individual of this humanity. I would be better inspired not to try to write about this work with such a poor level of english. What's important is to not forget this name, it's one that deserves to be known worldwide. His site here.
here, for the photographer's site, there. Don't think it's necessary I put the name of each character under the picture. I added the last picture with the 2 children I find cute and charming. Hope they won't believe these shitty tales after then. And please, click on the pictures to see them full size or you'll miss much of their power.