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David Hamilton and the sexuality of the nymphet (ii)

David Hamilton’s work did much to glamorise the sexual transition of the nymphet to the butterfly. His is not the world of pimples and awkwardness but of fabulously long-legged and beautiful young blondes floating around the etherial French countryside bathed in soft light and muslin dresses. 668 more words

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David Hamilton and the sexuality of the nymphet (i)

Like Humbert Humbert, Nabokov’s narrator in Lolita who says “Between the age limits of nine and fourteen there occur maidens who, to certain bewitched travelers, twice or many times older than they, reveal their true nature which is not human, but nymphic”, Hamilton acknowledges “some rare beings who are able to exert a powerful erotic attraction upon certain much older men”. 617 more words

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David Hamilton's vision of young women

Much of the discussion on the use of young women and girls as models in photography that purports to capture the delicate transition between childhood and adulthood is not only bedevilled by his accusations of pornography (often not supportable) but also discussions of the impact that the photograph has on the subject. 558 more words

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Men and their muses (i): two ends of the spectrum

In reviewing the work of David Hamilton there is an interesting and intriguing photograph. It is a picture of Hamilton with one of his favourite models, Mona Kristensen, who featured in most of his best work. 1,176 more words

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David Hamilton: bringing a soft focus to soft-core porn

Much of David Hamilton’s work celebrates the sensuality of young pre- and post-pubescent women. It is also the celebration of the exceptional beauty and of his young models and also a celebration of of many of the women. 744 more words

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David Hamilton: The nymphets and the line between art and soft-core pornography

It is first necessary to place the work of David Hamilton in its context and a good point to start is his lifelong preoccupation with the nymphet. 773 more words

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