|02614. Roye - Nude 1950|
Original photograph black and white of untouched unadulterated photograph of nude model by the famous 1950s photographer Roye. Excellent condition. 160mm x 215mm. (Please note this is the same item as 02637.)
NOTE: London Times, obituary, June 18, 2002 has the following edited entry: Horace ROYE (1906 - 2002) born Horace Roye-Narbeth was the flamboyant photographer famous for his nudes of starlets and stage stars during the war years. He successfully contested the prudish obscenity laws of his day, paving the way for others to publish work that Roye himself considered to be pornographic. He lived in South Africa, Paris, London, Ireland and Portugal before finally settling in the 12th-century Kasbah of Rabat, Morocco. In 1935, he established a photographic studio in Chelsea, where he took conventional portraits of the likes of Cecil Beaton, James Mason, Arturo Toscanini and Sir Henry Wood. But he was back at his best in 1938, when George Routledge commissioned Perfect Womanhood, a collection of nudes. Before the war Roye had become the first photographer to have a nude published in a national newspaper, the Daily Mirror. The Rank Organisation commissioned him to picture Diana Dors in 3-D. Roye claimed to have seen more than 10,000 naked women through the lens. He was prosecuted when he refused to airbrush out pubic hair from the image of a model in his Unique Edition collection. He successfully defended himself in court, arguing that the representation of beauty should be untrammelled by prudery. The 96 year old expatriate living in Morocco, was murdered there in 2002. He is said to have been involved in a struggle with a painter who allegedly broke into his bedroom and stabbed him 14 times with the knife that Roye kept beneath his pillow.