Naked Pictures of My Ex-girlfriends: Romance in the 70s
Cultural nostalgia is omnipresent as we enter the new millennium, and much of the looking back is focused on the 1970's. It was a time when hedonisim ruled, when being young and American meant a world of sexual freedom in an era untainted by AIDS. For photographer Mark Helfrich it was a time to not only explore these freedoms, but also to document them.
In 'Naked Pictures Of My Ex-Girlfriends', Helfrich shares with us what most have either hidden away or have long ago destroyed - intimate, private pictures of his ex-girlfriends, a decade's worth from 1970 to 1980. Helfrich explains "...It was no big deal photographing my girlfriends topless or nude, almost all of them were thrilled to pose for me, because they knew I was so into it. It was fun. It was like playing a game. It was like living Antonioni's "Blow Up".
This collection of black & white and color images is presented as a nostalgic diary from the carefree sexual seventies, a glimpse at a time and life many wish they could have lived.