The Philosopher Illumined by Candlelight  

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One of Alva Bernadine's best-known works is The Philosopher Illumined by Candlelight[1]. The photo depicts a man in a suit sitting in a darkened bedroom reading by candlelight. The lighted candle is protruding from a woman's vagina. The picture has elicited comments of sexual objectification and misogyny.

Bernadine explains:

"I once listened to a late night BBC Radio 4 programme called Sex in the Head where people described their sexual fantasies and on it a woman described how she enjoyed her partner reading his newspaper by the light of a candle placed in her vagina.
The image stayed in my head and 2 or 3 years later I was able to find a couple who agreed to model for the picture.
The book the philosopher is reading is entitled The Destiny of the Mind East and West. "

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