Photo courtesy of Steven Klein.
"To me, intimacy is born out of love. It's the passionate kind, just like the color red. A moment of two becomes one." – Leslie Zhang Jiacheng
Mica and Mitch (Towel Hug), 2017. Photograph by Chad Moore.
"A greeting between Melvin and his dog Samson, from Adam Pape's first monograph, Dyckman Haze, that uses the green spaces of New York for a narrative that unfolds between day and night, wild and domestic." – Adam Pape
"My work is more about alienation than intimacy—the only type of intimacy might be with oneself and not the outside world or even with others. But even so, my work might be more about feeling alienation from oneself, too.* – Eva O'Leary
"This is my nephew Rudi; I took him out skateboarding and the graze on his hip was the result of his first slam. Documenting experiences like these are always a form of connecting or bonding with someone—intimacy and trust are therefore implicit in the image-making process." – Andreas Laszlo Konrath
Summer Nights, New York City, 2017. Photograph by Andre Wagner.
"This is a candid image I made of my friend and her partner at the time. I posted it to Facebook, and later found that unbeknownst to me it had become a spam ad about 'Weird Things Guys Really Do in the Bedroom'... the public bastardization of private intimacy. The weird things the internet really does to the bedroom!" – Charlie Engman
Charlie and Kayla, Long Island City, New York, 2012. Photograph by Danielle Levitt.
"When photographing my children, they often give me, and my images, the gift of honesty, the gift of beauty, of truth. They do so just by doing what they would do anyway, being who they are, as children so often do. I love this photograph, Eden peeking, 2008. I love that in spite of my plan to photograph something completely different, Eden gave me this wonderful, spontaneous moment when he peeked into my underwear, so lovingly and comfortably. And so this photograph becomes about curiosity, closeness, playfulness. About a moment that reflects the beauty of being a child, and the beauty of being a parent, the intimacy and love in mother-child relations. The beauty of letting your children know they can explore, they can ask questions, they can dare to see who you are, and to find out how an adult body looks like—in this specific photograph, the body of a mother, the body we all come from. We will forever be connected to our mother's body, and keeping this connection is a great thing. Knowing and accepting this body, I believe, is a healthy part of our childhood and adulthood, helping us also to accept who we are, our bodies, our moments of embarrassments, and our flaws. And being comfortable and open with who we are when we are together, the family, is where it starts. This is love, this is family love, the greatest love of all.* – Elinor Carucci, Eden Peeking, 2008.
Chiki in Brooklyn, September 2017. Photograph by Ysa Pérez.
Dave. Brooklyn, 2019. Photograph by Mara Corsino.
"This is a portrait of my husband, Roman, in Sicily. I love photographing him—it allows me to see him a new light every time. I took this image a few days after we got married, in 2016." – Rose Marie Cromwell
"This is my mother with our late dog, Lucinda. After Lucinda passed, my mother said she walked her coffee cup around the block in the mornings to fill the void, such was the intimacy of their mutual care-taking." – Charlie Engman
Colby and William, Brooklyn, New York, 2017. Photograph by Danielle Levitt.
"We tend to think of intimacy as good or sweet things, but in reality, intimacy with someone also means allowing them to see you at your worst and most vulnerable." – Ahndraya Parlato
"This moment was an outtake, one devoid of humor unlike the images Suzi and I usually create together. Although more somber/softer than usual, it's become one of my favorite images we've worked on." – Romain Duquesne
"This image is a part of my series MOTHER (book published by Prestel, 2013), a decade-long body of work in which I documented the highs and lows, the layers and complexities of being a parent. I do believe that mother's love is the greatest, most intense love, and in it is also the foundations for what later will be our romantic love, our relationship with our partners, and later our children. Love, 2011, is one of the images I love most from all the pictures I ever took; a moment so true, intense and deeply intimate. A photograph about love, and pain, compassion and forgiveness, a photograph about the need to be loved and protected in our darkest or saddest moments, to be loved, as we are. To be loved when we are hurting and vulnerable, unconditionally, the kind of love we will keep on seeking for the rest of our lives, even long after our mothers are gone." – Elinor Carucci, About Love, 2011.
"Whilst I was traveling in India, I noticed the way male friends would be openly affectionate towards each other in public, often holding hands and hugging. This image capturing a pair of hands uniting between two businessmen in Delhi city feels so intimate—amongst the hustle and bustle of the city they stroll down the street in procession, hands clasped as if to assertively and tenderly display their friendship towards each other." – Sophie Green
Couple on the beach in Canouan, 2016. Photograph by Gilleam Trapenberg.
"This photograph, Warmth, is from a new series exploring the tonal abstraction of the female body." – Olivia Malone
"My mother and sister prepare to help my grandfather out of bed on Thanksgiving Day. My mother is a vision of overflowing, innate intimacy." – Mark Sommerfeld
"I took this photo early into a relationship, during the time when you push and pull trust. Our relationship, like a small house built on stilts—I think he wanted to be the exhibitionist and I wanted to be the voyeur. What's more intimate than freedom?" – Caroline Tompkins