THE OPÉRA Annual Magazine For Classic & Contemporary Nude Photography Volume II

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Nude photography: the most direct portrait of a person is once again the focus of the second edition of “THE OPÉRA magazine” – and presents the body at once as performer and stage. In numerous intimate encounters, international photo artists document and direct the wealth and individual aesthetic of the human body. They retain the histories of the people depicted in the images in an almost physically palpable way. In this second edition, editor Matthias Straub gets a step closer to these people without losing the deferential distance between object and artist.

Artists (among others):
Olivier Ameur, Olaf Breuning, Hannes Caspar, Alexey Dubinsky, Bill Durgin, Trude Fleischmann, Luis Gispert, Torkil Gudnason, Nicolas Guerin, Li Hui, Andrea Hübner, Rachel de Joode, Ilja Keizer, David Leventi, Jim Mangan, Shinichi Maruyama, Stefan Milev, Anouk Nitsche, Yves Noir, Polly Penrose, Grace Vane Percy, Carla van de Puttelaar, Neda Rajabi, Pascal Renoux, Brian Riley, Christy Lee Rogers, Sam Scott Schiavo, Fridolin Schöpper, Michael Taylor, Jessica Tremp, Spencer Tunick, Igor Vasiliadis and many more.


Published in November 2013

Available at Amazon

edited by
Matthias Straub

Matthias Straub

graphic design
Yuan Peng und Jakob Wessinger

READY FOR TAKEOFF – Daily Candy NY Sept 2006



The last time someone offered to take nude photos of you, you declined because:

a) There is no way in hell you’re allowing your baby varicose veins to be captured on film.
b) Last time, Stupid Jerko Ex posted your bedroom shots on MySpace.
c) The man on the subway seemed nice, except for that a nervous eye twitch.
d) You couldn’t get ahold of Grace Vane Percy.

Excuses, excuses. But not for long. Notting Hill-based photographer GVP is in town for a week to shoot your sexy birthday suit (with you in it).

A two-hour session involves you (in all your glory), good lighting, Vane Percy’s lens, and expert staging. The result? Subtle, natural, feminine portraits that are more French Vogue than Stuff. (Don’t run for cover — you really do look good from that angle.)

When it’s done, you get a link to a (private) online proof gallery. You can order in bulk (for lovers, partners, fans of the AANR) or simply for yourself.

But act fast.

Gravity, it turns out, has been plotting against you.

You’re So Vane by Erin Skrypek for FASHION WIRE DAILY NY, 2006


Ever had a moment where you’ve looked at yourself naked and said to the person in the mirror, “You are so fine…”

Maybe you’d never admit it, but you know it has happened. The lights might be have been dim and half of your bottom hidden in the shadows, or you may have just survived an acute case of food poisoning, or are perhaps you are just completely secure in your own skin and the sight of your unclothed self, under any light, makes you ebullient.

Whatever the case, these nudist moments seem to be scaring fewer and actually inspiring women of all sorts to seek out ways to permanently capture themselves in various states of undress – in, of course, the most favorable light possible.

Which where Grace Vane Percy enters. As a former landscape photographer, she knows how to capture hills and planes in the most idealistic circumstances and has now made a business out of it doing the same thing; only the hills and planes are attached to female bodies.

The London-based photographer has, via word of mouth, gained the trust of an array of successful and dignified British ladies that you’d never suspect would ever let a bra strap show, never mind get intentionally naked on a whim. But, their secrets are safe with Ms. Vane Percy.

Grace Vane Percy will be in New York City from September 15th to 25th, so if you are feeling a little saucy, but in a tasteful way, check out Vane Percy’s work at and drop your guard.