... and erotic photography? When I was at AP in the 1990s, Bob Carlos Clarke was one of the darlings of the photographic world. His brand of stylised eroticism was hugely popular and his name on the cover was a guarantee of extra sales. He loved AP and was always happy to discuss his ideas and methods with the readers. For several years, I was responsible for putting together the annual Erotica issue – a bumper-sized edition dedicated to artistic imagery of the (mostly) female form – and Bob’s name was usually among the first on the list of contributors. His tragic death robbed the world of a technically gifted photographer with a singular artistic vision, but also a great sense of humour, which often came across in his work. Going through the images supplied for this week’s feature, however, I was struck by how few of them I considered ‘safe’ for publication in today’s AP. Even though most had been published in AP before, without complaint, I’m not confident that this would be the case today. Ironically, despite the increasing sexualisation of popular culture in the media, I sense that photography has become more conservative in its tastes. Or am I wrong? Head for the home page to vote http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/ on this week's poll - do you think AP should publish artistic nude and erotic photography?