Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856–1931) was a German photographer who worked mainly in Sicily and the South of Italy. He is mostly known for his nude studies of Sicilian boys, which usually featured props such as wreaths or amphoras reminiscent of Greek antiquity, fascinated as he was by the Greek forms. In his work what is always noticeable are the perfect elegant poses of his subjects as well as the well manipulated light.
He is considered to be one of the most important gay visual artists of the pre WWI era and rightfully so. Already famous in his own day, his work had been buried for a while until it was fortunately rediscovered. In total he must have taken from 3,000 to 7,000 photographs which he left with his models. He also provided accommodation for the boys, living with them and shared the profit he made.
Many glass negatives were sadly destroyed in 1933 under the fascist regime, after having been deemed as pornographic, people used to be retarded back then just as much as they are today, and some 1000s more were destroyed later on after similar idiot accusations.
Unfortunately, we can’t post fully nude pictures he has taken, since we don’t want to have to deal with good-willing smartasses who would be quick to report trying to hide their own perverseness and pedophilia under the pretence of a watchful eye to guard children from nude exposure…