Celebrating the Birth of an Icon 


Today marks the birth anniversary of a pioneer in the world of boudoir photography, Albert Arthur Allen. Born on May 8, 1886, near Grafton, MA, Allen is recognized as the father of boudoir photography, and his contributions to the genre continue to resonate with photographers and enthusiasts alike. Allen's journey began when he opened the Allen Art Studios in Oakland, California, in 1916. Devoting his efforts to refining photographic techniques, he created a unique style that set him apart from his contemporaries. His studio was later renamed the Allen Institute of Fine and Applied Art, and then became the Classic Motion Picture Corporation after a fire destroyed the original building in 1925.


Despite the controversy surrounding his work, particularly the nude portraits that were deemed scandalous during the Roaring Twenties, Allen continued to push the boundaries of boudoir photography. During that conservative time in America, his nude portraits were deemed scandalous and faced significant backlash. Allen was even indicted for sending obscene materials through interstate mail, leading to years of litigation. Despite these challenges, Allen continued to push the boundaries of boudoir photography, helping to shape the art form we know today. It wasn't until 1979, seventeen years after his death in 1962, that his first commercial exhibition took place, signifying the lasting impact of his work and the gradual acceptance of his once-controversial style.


The influence of Albert Arthur Allen's work can still be seen in modern boudoir photography. His emphasis on capturing the beauty of the human form, often in intimate settings, paved the way for us at Blush Studio as well as every other boudoir photography studio across the world to explore the sensual and emotional aspects of our subjects. Boudoir photography has evolved into an empowering art form that we are proud to continue, celebrating body positivity and self-love. 


Happy Birthday, Albert - and thank you!


all photos below are by Albert Arthur Allen