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Fetish art is art that depicts people in fetishistic situations such as bondage, BDSM, transvestism, transsexuality, domination/submission scenarios etc. -- sometimes in combination.

Many of the 'classic' 1940s, '50s & '60s era fetish artists such as Eric Stanton and Gene Bilbrew began their careers at Irving Klaw's Movie Star News company (later Nutrix) creating drawings for episodic illustrated bondage stories.

In the 1970s and 1980s, fetish artists like Robert Bishop were published extensively in bondage magazines. In recent years, the annual SIGNY awards have been awarded to the bondage artists voted the best of that year.

Many artists working in the mainstream comic book industry have consistently included fetishistic imagery in their work, usually as a shock tactic or to denote villainy or corruption. However, the effect of depictions of beautiful women in fetish situations in tight fetish outfits on the sales of comics to the mostly teenage male comics-buying audience may also be a factor. (See Wonder Woman).

Mainstream fine artists such as Allen Jones have included strong fetish elements in their work.

The works of contemporary fetish artists such as Roberto Baldazzini and Michael Manning are published by art book companies like NBM and Taschen.


A fetish photographer takes photographs of people in fetishistic situations, such as in bondage, or wearing rubber or leather clothing. More extreme fetish photography depicts paraphiliac acts such as urination, enemas, or SM activities. Depending on point of view, fetish photography can be considered as fine art, erotica, or pornography. Once only published in bondage magazines, fetish photography is now also published as "art books". Taschen is one prominent publisher printing fetish books on a mass scale. Bondage and fetish imagery has also made its way into mainstream pornographic magazines.

Pioneering fetish photographers include John Willie, who published a famous fetishistic magazine, "Bizarre" from 1946 to 1959. Another pioneer photographer includes art photographer Paul Outerbridge who introduced fetish elements into his color photographs as early as the 1940s.


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