Wilhelm von Gloeden: Boy, Taormina, Sicily, 1908 (vintage albumen photo, signed). Very rare.
Signed in the negative: “W. v. Glöden, Taormina, 1908 1/6 fecit”.
Stamped: “W. v. Gloeden, 5-6-06 Taormina, Sicilia, Piazza S. Dominico 10”
Vintage, albumen, original. Very rare.
Size approx. 17 x 22 cm.
Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856-1931) was a German photographer who lived most of his life in Taormina, Sicily. He is famous for his photographs of the male nude, in which he posed boys from Taormina.
His photos are rare because in 1933, some 1000 glass negatives from Gloeden’s collection (inherited by his model and lover Buciuni, “Il Moro”) and 2000 prints were confiscated by Benito Mussolini’s Fascist police under the allegation that they constituted pornography, and were destroyed; another 1000 negatives were destroyed in 1936. Most of the surviving pictures (negatives and prints) are now in the Fratelli Alinari photographic archive in Florence (which in 1999 bought 878 glass negatives & 956 vintage prints formerly belonging to Buciuni to add to its existing collection of 106 prints) and further prints are in private collections or held by public institutions such as the Civico Archivo Fotographico in Milan.
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