Friday, December 3, 2021

Late 19th C., Part 1 - Italian Photographs

In the late 19th Century, the lives and work of Wilhelm von Pluschow, Wilhelm von Gloeden, 
and Vincenzo Galdi intersected in ways too complicated to adequately describe here. 
The seaside photo above is one of my personal favorites by von Gloeden. 
In a nutshell:  The German cousins moved to Italy separately where they took up 
photographing (and bedding) young men.  Galdi was a model who took up photography 
himself after having an affair with von Pluschow.  The Germans got separately kicked out 
of Italy for having sex with young men.  Then Galdi married a woman.  Confused yet?



  1. Interesting set up...looks like they're wondering if the man lying down has drowned.

    1. Yes, that was the first thing that came to mind. Of course we're left wondering why they're just staring at him.

  2. All it needs is a Greek.chorus.

  3. Should have seen the one that got away!