The Poignancy of Old Pornography

People have been making pornography for a very long time. It’s been on the sides of temples in India on Greek vases in Roman bedrooms and German drawing rooms. But a decisive moment in its history came in 1839 with the French artist Louis Daguerre’s invention of the photograph, known as the daguerreotype, which transformed the availability and realism of sexual imagery. It was not long before the new technology was being put to use to explore a variety of explicit scenarios…

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