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Old 08-21-2018, 12:25 PM   #181
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I do agree with Pepper's view about sorting out the credits: to me it's mainly a work intended to "give unto Caesar what belongs to him". Regarding the "anonymity" of photographers, I think that they already thought about it when they entered the business. Since making up an artist name and selling one's works under an alias is even more simple than choosing and registering a brand name, I believe that many photographers who wanted to keep their real name private did so.

Although far from being an expert in that matter, I can tell about the case I know best : "Serge Jacques", who has a very long career in erotic photography, used dozens of pseudonyms (some frequent, others disputed or still unknown). The interesting fact is that his "real name" is just as real as his other aliases: only the forename is real, so we can consider his full name as a "main pseudonym" and not as his real name (that I will not disclose, for the same privacy reasons exposed above by TheFool).
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I have found (on a well-known auction site) a collection of letterhead papers that once belonged to Serge Jacques:


What is interesting here is the presence of some names on these papers. That confirms two already known pseudonyms (Stephane Jourdain and Sarah Joyce), while revealing two new ones, still unknown to my knowledge: Ronald Collins and Barbara Vincent.
On my part, I must admit I never saw any of these names in a photo credit, but maybe another VEF member did?...
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What could be the motive for the use of multi-psuedonyms ?

If the artist had self-respect, why deny or defer their work? Why avoid praise in their career?

Personally I think it's 'money'

And a striking paralell is film director Jesus Franco. With his resurgence as a cult director in the late 90s onwards, he was quite straightforward about his earlier works under various psuedonyms. Tax.
As Jess Franco he paid tax in Switzerland for films he shot in other countries.As his employer was Swiss based and filed returns. Under his numerous psuedonyms he openly claimed he never filed any tax return in France/Switzerland/Italy etc.

The Agencies/Companies that purchased a phototographer's product, would seemingly be very blase or complicit if they knew who the photographer was, and filed under his/her main name. Filed returns for the pseudonyms as well, but only the real name paid tax. The pseudonyms,used, like Jess perhaps never admitted or filed a return on those earnings.

Just my opinion

But I can't think of a genuine reason for an artist ~ and they are artists ~ refusing praise or acknowledgement for their work.

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