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The project has started to collect vintage photographs from the 1850s to the 1920s which deal with subject matter related to “Beauty, sex, and shame.” In addition it will print limited edition reproductions of photographs from the collection which will be for sale.

Anonymous Scarlet Woman Paris 1870 – The Olympia Project Collection

Olympia Project Original Series:

The project will create its own original photography series which draws inspiration from these vintage photographs and aims to revive this period with a fresh and modern lens, creating a photo series focusing on gender and sexuality as a reflection of contemporary mainstream and underground themes.  

Future plans:

The Olympia Project would like to designate a researcher and writer to write and publish a book containing The Project’s collection of photographs and write about these photographs in the context of “Beauty, Sex, and Shame,” photography, and fashion spanning from the 1850s until today.  Ideally the writer or The Olympia Project will receive a grant in order to fund this endeavor.

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Scarlet Woman B.K. Paris 1870 Hand Painted "French Tissue" - Olympia Project Collection

Scarlet Woman B.K. Paris 1870 Hand Painted "French Tissue" - Olympia Project Collection

1870 Hand Painted "French Tissue" Market Woman Spurns Villian's Unwanted Advance - Olympia Project Collection

DIABLERIE TISSUE STEREOVIEW HTL ca1870 SKATERS From HELL! Devils & Skeletons - Olympia Project Collection

1870 STEREOVIEW Paris Roman Gate - The Olympia Project Collection

DIABLERIE TISSUE STEREOVIEW HTL 1870 INFERNAL RAILWAY Purgatory Devils Skeletons - Olympia Project Collection

Tissue Stereoview 1870 Photo cdii Rue de Rambuteau Paris Instantane France 84 - Olympia Project Collection

Edouard Manet's painting Olympia that is hung in the Salon of Paris in 1865,
Olympia's confrontational gaze caused shock and astonishment when the painting was first exhibited because a number of details in the picture identified her as a prostitute

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The title “Olympia Project” stems from Edouard Manet’s 1865 Olympia, a painting influenced by photographs taken within Parisian brothels during this time period. The artwork subsequently shocked the world upon it’s release at the prestigious Paris Salon, as it depicted a courtesan gazing directly at the viewer while at the same time resembling the mythological Venus within Titian’s, Venus of Urbino.

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Edouard Manet's painting Olympia that is hung in the Salon of Paris in 1865, Olympia's confrontational gaze caused shock and astonishment when the painting was first exhibited because a number of details in the picture identified her as a prostitute
Edouard Manet’s painting ‘Olympia’ that hung in the Salon of Paris in 1865.
Olympia’s confrontational gaze shocked and astounded the public during it’s first exhibition since a number of details in the picture identified her as a prostitute.

1854 photo of an anonymous a prostitute (“confrontational gaze”)
1854 photo of an anonymous prostitute (“confrontational gaze”)

 

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