The Martyrdom of St Sebastian, by Oscar Rejlander circa 1867 - the earliest photographic representation of this saint in my collection, all three gathered here.
A self portrait as St Sebastian, by Elisar von Kupffer - this remarkable Baltic German man had many artistic and literary talents, photography a mere minor string to his bow.
Saint Sebastian has taken on such iconic status in our era, it is fascinating to look back to what must surely be one of his first photographic depictions, by F. Holland Day in 1906. An exquisitely beautiful young model (Nicola Giancola), the expected saintly acceptance of his fate leaving his fine features unsullied by obvious pain or distress - indeed the upper half of the picture could be mistaken for glorious gorgeous erotica if we were not aware of the binding ropes and arrow wounds below.
Though I’ve featured this image before, this is a much clearer and uncropped copy; I hope you do not mind such repeats when the improvement is so worthwhile!