Much like the female figure, the male figure has always been a subject of interest for artists, but contemporary culture has not embraced the exhibition of the unclothed male body as warmly. Male nudes have been shown privately since the birth of photography, but have been publicly banned or seen as inappropriate. The female nude, since Impressionism, has been glorified for its beauty, but the power of the male was shown clothed. As time has progressed, however, and certain conformed ideals have been broken or shattered, images of the nude male have been more accepted in the world of fine art. The male form is as ripe for admiration and photographing as the female.