In the 1990s, by way of a friend, Seidemann, looking for an interesting project to photograph, was introduced to the world of BDSM. It was after this introduction that he created the present series, Unspeakable Beauty. Seidemann attended 'scenes' and with consent and participation from members of the BDSM community, he recreated the environment of roleplaying and bondage in his studio. Of the series, Seidemann wrote, ‘This work explores the psychosexual undercurrents in society during the last decade of the twentieth century using a particular vocabulary of imagery seen in American popular culture.’ Although Seidemann produced editioned prints from Unspeakable Beauty, the series was never officially marketed during his lifetime.
The 46 prints offered here represent the first time a significant group of photographs from this remarkable series have been offered at auction. They come from the collection of the late Bruce Bard, a California-based patron of artists.
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