Carlo Mollino (1905-1973) started his career as an architect and engineer, designing homes and furniture throughout his native Turin. However, his passion lied in photography and he based much of his earlier work on architectural models and interior designs along with images from hobbies such as skiing, driving, and flying. By the 1950s, Mollino focused on the objectivity of women, and began displaying their provocative nature in semi-pornographic polaroids for New Year's cards and personal archives.
Like every polaroid, its beauty lies in the authenticity of the moment captured; the one-of-a-kind snapshot that can't be duplicated without damaging the entirety of its appeal. Mollino's subjects were prostitutes, baring full-figured bodies positioned by his mastered vision in a backdrop of his own apartment setting. Each polaroid portrays a raw, abounding complexity which places an emphasis on natural aesthetics and its relationship to beauty and sensuality. Some of his work may expose more nudity than others, but what it really comes down to is this: women embody all human emotions, and with each portrait comes a story of lust, romance, hate, rebellion or sin that anyone can relate to.