Friday, 30 July 2010

Jeux De Dames Cruelles



1930

More from the delightful book - 'Jeux De Dames Cruelles'
Photographs from 1850 - 1960

1930

1900

1905

1930's

This picture is one of only two that show men. Of course these pictures were taken by male photographers and were initially intended only for men.

1850


The texts are in French and German. Maybe one of our friends could help us out and translate this little piece of French and I can post the translation for us all to read.



Our good friend Chross has translated the German text for us. Thank you.


Female sadomasochism and Photography

"Jeaux de dames cruelles" deals with sadomasochism among women as it appears in the already long history of photography. But let's not forget, those pictures were taken by male photographers and were primarily targeted at a male audience. It's not surprising that this topic had been illustrated from the very beginning of photography since it - in a mild form - is part of a passion that - as Georges Bataille discovered - stands at the center of our lives. After Daguerre had made his discovery public, it at first took a century of progress on the field of this totally new art form until photographers could accomplish depictions of real people without problems. The earliest sadomasochistic pictures are extremely rare; and the spanking depicting daguerreoo-model (Remark: difficult to translate and hardly making sense in German, too...) which certainly happened, has yet to be re-discovered. The strict morals explain the rarity of such pictures which - sold only underhand - were hard to market. On the other hand certainly many of these picture have been destroyed, partly due to shame, partly due to negligence.



Hope you have a good weekend.

Ronnie
xx

11 comments:

BabyMan said...

Thanks Ronnie. I thinks vintage pictures are wonderful. I wonder how they felt without benefit of the internet companions we have? I guess we'll be vintage one day, huh?

Hermione said...

Lovely pictures, Ronnie. I imagine the photographers had a wonderful time taking those pictures.

Hugs,
Hermione

Bumtickler said...

Love the old photos.
Lot of nice bums back then.
Thank you.

Florida Dom said...

ronnie: Love the old photos. Thanks for sharing them. Shows pictures like go way back before Irving Claw and Bette Page came on the scene. And hope somebody translate for us.

FD

Chross said...

If you posted the German version, I'd be able to help :)

Chross said...

The text reads:

Female sadomasochism and Photography

"Jeaux de dames cruelles" deals with sadomasochism among women as it appears in the already long history of photography. But let's not forget, those pictures were taken by male photographers and were primarily targeted at a male audience. It's not surprising that this topic had been illustrated from the very beginning of photography since it - in a mild form - is part of a passion that - as Georges Bataille discovered - stands at the center of our lives. After Daguerre had made his discovery public, it at first took a century of progress on the field of this totally new art form until photographers could accomplish depictions of real people without problems. The earliest sadomasochistic pictures are extremely rare; and the spanking depicting daguerreoo-model (Remark: difficult to translate and hardly making sense in German, too...) which certainly happened, has yet to be re-discovered. The strict morals explain the rarity of such pictures which - sold only underhand - were hard to market. On the other hand certainly many of these picture have been destroyed, partly due to shame, partly due to negligence.

missptunia said...

Thanks for the lovely pictures.

ronnie said...

Thanks all, Chross has very kindly translated the text for us.

BabyMan - I do love these vintage black and white pictures.

Hermione - Thanks. If you have time take a look at the translation that Chross kindly did.

Bumtickler - Hello and thanks. Some very nice ones around now :)

FD - Your welcome, more another time. Chross has translated.

Chross - Thank you very much.

Missptunia - Hello and welcome. Thank you.

Appreciate you stopping by.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Love,
Ronnie
xx

琳楊楊義 said...

Pay somebody back in his own coin...................................................................

redxxx said...

Great photos. It reminds us of the eternal nature of spanking, that as photography developed, then pictures were posed to excite people.
Now, with the internet, they are only a moment away.
cheers
Red

ronnie said...

Thanks for stopping by Red.

Not quite the same looking at these type of pictures on the internet.

Love,
Ronnie
xx