Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), Nude Model (Male), 1977. Polacolor Type 108, 4 ¼ x 3 3/8 in. Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 2008.40.57 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
The Polaroid has been a strategic technology for escaping darkroom surveillance, especially for the development of photographs deemed pornographic. The fracturing close-up of parts of the body is the vehicle of sexualized looking. But the close-up also begins to break apart the taxonomies of judgment and classification we might read into the photographic portrait. Instead of rendering a whole type, the photograph stages an exchange of looks and desires that implies other parts of the body and sides to the frame of encounter.