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Samuel Masters for Art-Sheep

All of us, whether fans or not, must have at least once in our lives happened upon one of Playboy’s highly erotic, quite NSFW pictures. Photographer and art director Patrick Van Dam, however, provides us with a very different perspective into the famous magazines saucy photo shoots. A photography director for the Dutch Playboy for 7 years, Van Dam in his Playboy Behind The Scenes photo book published in 2011, allows us to sneak a peek into what he describes as “unexpected, undirected and natural responses—humor, disillusionment, absurdism and vulnerability in an erotic setting.”

The book, of course, opens up with no other than Hugh Hefner’s own words, “In these compelling images, Patrick has captured the soul of the Playboy shoot and offered a true celebration of, and homage to, the people who make these beautiful things happen. Vividly here is the intimacy, the fun, and the dedication it takes to create the very best in contemporary erotica. And along the way, true to his calling, he gives the reader a peek behind the curtain of the Playboy lifestyle.”

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