...I just added a longish section with lots of links about male nudes as a reply to a Featured Comment on the Celebrity Portraits —> Soft Porn —> Love post, in response to a challenge (I think it was a challenge) from an anonymous reader.
...Also, The Guardian is debating with itself: in response to Jonathan Jones's petulant rants against photography, Guardian photography critic Sean O'Hagan wrote a good-natured and reasonable response called "Photography is art and always will be." (Numerous readers sent me links to this.) Even if you don't read the article, check out the lead illustration, a great Jane Bown portrait and a great portrait of Samuel Beckett. (Jane being one of my favorite photographers.)
(Thanks to Anonymous)
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Jim Bullard: "Since I have a degree in Fine Art I feel qualified to weigh in on the Guardian issue. Photography is a medium just like paint is a medium and marble is a medium, etc. Any medium can be used to create art although not every photograph, painting or object cut from a block of marble is art. They could be art or they could simply be a passport photo, a living room wall, or a kitchen countertop respectively. The question 'is photography art?' confuses medium with product, in my educated opinion."