The Mammoth Book of Erotic Photography (Volume 4)

Enjoying erotic photography presents a bit of a dilemma for the modern man.

On the one hand, we can appreciate the tone, composition and emotion resonance of the art as much as the next V&A card carrier. On the other, it is an awful lots of bums and breasts to be staring at, particularly in public.

Not that you'd lug The Mammoth Book of Erotic Photography, Vol. 4 out and about with you anyway – not without a wheelbarrow. Maxim Jakubowski has compiled a massive collection of erotica (hence the name) shot by artists from around the world, that vary hugely in style and setting.

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He's also asked each photographer to explain their background and what inspired their featured work, the results of which vary – as they often do with creative types – from the bewilderingly esoteric to the geniunely insightful.

We've gathered a few of the pictures that caught our eye, and included a little of that information, but for the full collection you'll have to buy a copy. Just don't try and read it on the tube.

The Mammoth Book of Erotic Photography, Vol. 4, out October on Constable & Robinson