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Jacques Bourboulon (born 8 December, 1946) is a French photographer, specializing in nude photography of teenage girls. He started as a fashion photographer, but switched to nude photography in the mid seventies. The summit of his career was in the late seventies and early eighties.

Contrary to David Hamilton, who photographed the same subject, Bourboulon's pictures focus on bright light and sharp contrasts. His most typical pictures were shot on the Spanish island of Ibiza, playing on the juxtaposition of blue sky, white walls and sun-tanned skin. His pictures also include fetishist details, such as white socks or underwear, and oiled up bodies. The models often take very similar poses.

The most famous model of Jacques Bourboulon has been French actress Eva Ionesco. Bourboulon is also known for always working with a Pentax.

Jacques Bourboulon is very representative of a time when the image of nude young girls was much more acceptable than today. Bourboulon was in no way an underground photographer, and his pictures were widely distributed in books or displayed in mainstream magazines such as Photo. Due to growing concerns over child pornography and abuse at the beginning of the 21st century, such widespread distribution was no longer possible.

The result is that Jacques Bourboulon is no longer mainstream but that his pictures and books are actively traded among amateurs on the web.

Selected Books by Jacques Bourboulon

  • Des corps naturels, 1980 - Éditions Filipacchi - ISBN 2-85018-184-6
  • Eva (portfolio), 1981 - AGEP Ed.
  • Coquines, 1982 - Kaktus Ed. - ISBN 2-85949-043-4
  • Attitudes, 1984 - Paris: Carrère - ISBN 2-86804-010-1
  • Mélodies, 1987 - Paris: JMV - ISBN 2-86660-025-8
  • Photographier le nu, 1996 - Editions VM - ISBN 2-86258-169-0







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