Erotic Editorial

Erotic Editorial

“The art of telling a story without words”

Curated by Belladonna Del Rio

 

Erotic Editorial Photography technically doesn’t even exist. Why? Because editorial photographs are images that are for magazines, papers, and other media outlets which are NOT for advertising. There are no real erotic magazines other than Soft Screams Magazine which is why we are going to be featuring images like that.

There is a subtle art to editorial photography and that is the ability to tell a story without using words. Which basically means that it is extremely composition based photography. These are some of my favorite examples of editorial photography, however, the twist is that these images have to tell a story while still retaining their erotic aesthetic.

 

The first image in this collection is by the brilliant Russian photographer Ruslan Lobanov. I adore how he captured three entirely different narratives being executed. What makes him brilliant is how all three narratives appear to be synced simultaneously. Yet, the most erotic aspect of this story line is the subtle placement of the woman’s hands near the other woman’s vaginal area. That makes this image very suggesting, very provocative, and extremely erotic.

 

The image below by Mavrin tells a story about the seductive nature of this woman and what happens behind closed doors. This is clearly an office building and while having a gorgeous seductress remove her breasts from her gown for your pleasure behind the closed door was only meant for you. Mavrin used the fantastic depth of field to tell the story for him.

 

This would be one of those “grey areas” of editorial photography. Remember, an editorial is supposed to be images not used in an advertisement for the magazine. However, when it comes to fashion editorials, there is no greater area of grey than what constitutes editorials for them. This image fascinates me because it is using words in the image to establish a brand more so than to tell a story, although it does clearly tell a story. The eroticism of this editorial is obvious with the cute young Abbey Lee Kershaw, lounging around in her Calvin Klein panties and socks looking up at you. What is not obvious is how you are falling into their brand entrapment campaign.

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Abbey Lee Kershaw for Calvin Klein

 

This image by the legendary fashion editorial photographer Steven Klein is one of my faves! Steven klein weaves a surreal story into the aesthetic of his composition with his choice of make-up for the gorgeous model Karen Elson. Do I know exactly what story he is telling? Of course not. Do you know what story he is telling? Of course not. Can either one of us deny that he is telling a story? Absolutely not! We know there is a story even if we cannot read the story ourselves. This is one of the great aspects of erotic editorial photography that I love.

Erotic Editorial Photography

Mad-Magic-Magnificent- Karen Elson by Steven Klein for Vogue Italia March 2004

 

Here are some other great examples of Erotic Editorial Photography. Feel free to share with everybody in the comments below, what you think the story is that the photographer is telling.

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Julie by Sylvio Testa

 

 

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Gisele Bundchen Dior Spring Summer 2002 by Nick Knight

 

 

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Elizabeth Debicki by Will Davidson for Vogue Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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