History of nude photography. Charis Wilson. Lake Lucerne It was after all less complicated to replicate a still photo than a life model. The photographic medium is somewhat different to other art forms in terms of its realistic approach and it really did change the landscape of nudity in art. Although thousands of erotic daguerreotypes were created, only around are known to survive; however, their uniqueness and expense meant that they were once the toys of rich men. Best Sellers. Two recently acquired photographs, made in the mids by an unknown French artist, are striking examples. The pictures were also sold near train stationsby traveling salesmen and women in the streets who hid them under their dresses. The poses that the models struck had to be held very still for a long time. Classic Johnston s nude portrait of unidentified model, most likely a Ziegfeld Follies showgirl. French photographs, erotic prints sold in shops in Holywell Street, a long vanished London thoroughfare, swept away by the Aldwychand printed literature. Art Journal. Betty Grable 's famous pin-up photo.