Nudity brings a sense of vulnerability ... of being unguarded. And that’s what I’m really interested in exploring: emotional essences, internal realities, things that are common to all of us. I try to use the nudity as a kind of window on the psyche, the inner self. I want the viewers to empathize with the openness of the figures, the lack of self-protectiveness, and I guess I’m hoping that they will see themselves there.
— Joyce Tenneson
In photographing the nude, it is my aim to transform the complexities of the figure into harmonies of simplified form, illuminating the innate life force and spirit ... My quest, through the magic of light and shadow, is to isolate, to simplify and to give emphasis to form with the greatest clarity. To indicate ideal proportion, to reveal sculptural mass and the dominating spirit is my goal.
— Ruth Bernhard
[ For my views on the subject, see my essay "On Photographing the Nude" ]