The Grotesque
in Photography

 
Diane Arbus  (Power Point)
Richard Avedon
Helmut Newton
Robert Mapplethorpe
Weegee
Wisconsin Death Trip
Without Sanctuary: Postcards and Photographs of Lynching in America
by Jackie Gardner

A Bibliography/Webography of Grotesque Photographers
Diane Arbus Arbus, Diane. diane arbus. New York: Aperture, 1972.
Interesting collection of portraiture with an essay by Arbus.

Arbus, Diane. Diane Arbus Magazine Work. Ed. Doon Arbus and Marvin Israel. New York: Aperture. 
More portraiture, some of celebrities. Text by Arbus.

Bosworth, Patricia. Diane Arbus: a biography. New  York: Knopf, 1984.
Details Arbus' life beginning with a history of her family. Her life, her work and circumstances leading to her suicide.

Diane Arbus
18 of Arbus' photos.
COSMIC BASEBALL ASSOCIATION
-Diane Arbus Plate
A strange, but interesting site with links to other Diane Arbus websites.
Masters of Photography: Diane Arbus
An excellent site with articles and links.
Richard Avedon Avedon, Richard. In The American West. New York: Abrams, 1985.
Black and white portraits of everyday people taken throughout the western states between 1979 and 1984. Not disturbingly grotesque, but       interesting. Includes an essay by Avedon about the  circumstances of the portraits. 
Note: This includes three photos of slaughtered animals.

Avedon, Richard. Portraits. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1976. Contains not necessarily flattering portraits of famous, not so famous, and hardly famous  people. With an essay about truth in portraiture by Harold Rosenberg.

Richard Avedon
A few interesting celebrity photos. Also conversations 
with Avedon, lists of exhibitions and locations of some
collections.
Charles Gatewood Nerve.com - photography - Charles Gatewood
Contains photos of freaks, homosexuals, transexuals, etc. Some photos are sexually explicit.
Peter Hujar Hujar, Peter. Portraits in Life and Death. New York: Da Capo, 1976. Black and white portraits of subjects sitting, reclining, and lying down. The most grotesque images are those of people lying in death. DoubleTake 14 | Peter Hujar
A good article about Hujar. Photos are of handicapped children.
Stephen Cohen Gallery
Another site about Hujar with a few of his photos and a short blurb.
Robert Mapplethorpe Mapplethorpe
A collection of six photos which is probably the largest of any Mapplethorpe exhibition available on the Web. Unfortunately, these are not his controversial work.
UCR/CMP: Garden of Earthly Delights
Only two or three photos are available here--florals.
Art on the Margins | Mapplethorpe
Two of Mapplethorpe's photos.
Web_de_Jaime_Montes
Site is in Spanish and probably violates copyright law, but it does contain some of Mapplethorpe's more controversial work
Ralph Eugene Meatyard Meatyard, Ralph Eugene. The family album of Lucybelle Crater. Millerton: Jargon Society, 1974.
Casual portraits of Lucybelle (always a woman in a very ugly Halloween mask) with other people, some of whom wear masks. Very unusual.
Arthur Tress Tress, Arthur. The Teapot Opera. New York: Abbeville, 1988. 
Photos of knickknack objects against the background of a child's toy theater with a story about  each photo. Very different!
Jerry Uelsmann Enyert, James L. Jerry N Uelsmann: Tewnty-five years:  A Retrospective. New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 1982. Traces the evolution of Uelsmann's photography beginning in 1954. Photos are constructed using darkroom techniques to create images of objects  that do not necessarily go together. Jerry Uelsmann
Strange and interesting photos created in the darkroom.
Weegee Weegee. Naked City. New York: Da Capo, 1975. 
Life and death in 1930's to 1940's era New York City. Text and captions by Weegee. This is very interesting!

Weegee. Ed. Louis Stettner. New York: Knopf, 1977.
Similar to above, same time span. A good look at New York City from an insider's perspective.

Weegee's World Home Page
Photos of New York and all that is unique to it. Many quotes from the photographer.
Joel Peter Witkin Celant, Germano. Witkin. Zurich: Scalo, 1995. 
A very disturbing collection of Witkin's photography with text by Celant. Nude transexuals and cadavers of various age.
Photography - Joel-Peter Witkin
Ten photos by Witkin featuring transexuals, freaks, cadavers. Some of this work is disturbing.
Joel-Peter Witkin - Zonezero.com
Contains an essay by Witkin and some more photos, some duplicates of above.
MetroActive Arts | Joel-Peter Witkin
An article about Witkin. Very informative.
Note: I would not suggest viewing any of these sites if you are the least bit sensitive.
Various Coleman, A. D. The Grotesque in Photography.
New York: Summit, 1977. A good introduction to grotesque photography, although dated. Discusses early grotesque photography, photographers of grotesque reality, and constructed grotesqueness.

 
 
Grotesque Photography on the Web
The Art of the Grotesque by Emma Barrett
Photos of the human body.
M. Richard Kirstel
Features erotic nudes and nudes with dolls.
DAGUERREIAN DEATH: POSTMORTEMS AND PEOPLE FACING DEATH
Very early photography featuring death.
Dan's Gallery of the Grotesque: Index
Medical and police photos of dead bodies. This really shows how depraved humans can be. Note: Sensitive viewers should avoid this site.
Zone Zero: Exhibitions by description of the work
Various photographers displaying work that could be considered grotesque. Too much to describe it all.
Great War Death & Destruction Photos
World War II photos taken by soldiers.
Sgt.William Heller's World War II Memoirs-3rd Infantry Division
World War II Photos. (Scroll down to the table of contents and see "War is Hell," "Death and Destruction," and "Inhumanity." Note: Contains photos taken at Nazi death camps.