Back to Writing / 11-27-2007



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Iconic French photographer Dahmane feels a natural connection between urban landscape and nudes. The lines, shadows and form of his exquisite architectural and cityscape work make for a perfect match with the sensual beauty of his Parisian models in his definitive photo montages.

Raised in Paris by an artist engraver father and a poet mother, his openness to art, beauty and sexuality led him naturally to erotic photography by the time Dahmane was fifteen.
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Set in public environments, from a Bourgeois dinner party to urban streets, from the shipyards to factory warehouses, from under a bridge to deep in the woods, the montaged images Dahmane creates juxtapose a naked intimacy with public exposition.


Dreamy French sexuality combines with svelte dominatrices and nymph-like subs in his manufactured dreamscapes. The nude is simultaneously the focal point of desire and a surreal symbol.
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Dahmane began exploring cityscapes on a trip to Vienna, where he saw perfect light play with and slowly reveal the city. Ever since, he sees each cityscape as a secret setting for his erotic compositions, whether it's in Delhi, Prague or Los Angeles.


The process of creating his photomontages is painstaking. Dahmane shoots his models in open air over the course of a day with a Leica reflex camera, a 55mm lens and conventional film. After traditional photo printing of what he feels are the best shots, he brings them into his computer for endless Photoshop work to match proportions, luminosity, perspective, texture, etc.
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His first erotic book was published with Taschen, simply entitled Dahmane, followed by the more extreme Porn Art series in 1996 and 1998. In 2005, two portfolios of his photomontages in a limited edition are released, entitled Nude Addict 1 & 2.

To learn more about Dahmane visit Dahmane.com.

Dahmane - by Sez G.