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Baumann's Little Black Book

In the 1980s, Arnaud Baumann set himself a challenge: to take nude portraits of his friends, which he would publish in the book “Carnet d’adresses” (Little Black Book). The first photo, to convince others, was a leaping self-portrait in his apartment. Nudity in photography was not so common, especially among men. Reiser’s photo dates from November 11, 1982, a year before his death [on November 5, 1983]. Reiser had told the photographer a few years earlier, “If one day you make a portrait of me, I would like it to be as a knight.” The series ended with a self-portrait in flames, an ultimate act of acknowledgment towards the models laid bare.

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