When the New York Post published a photograph of 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han seconds before he was killed by a subway train after being pushed onto the tracks, photographer R. Umar Abbasi and the news rag attracted a lot of heat. We’re not going to discuss whether this photograph is “snuff” or debate on whether he was within photojournalistic privilege to do this. We’d like instead to draw attention to Abbasi’s actual work — a massive portfolio of nude and semi-nude models, most of them unpaid amateurs, some posing with handcuffs, draped in American flags and doing awkward contortions. Check the gallery above for more of his photos.

Behold the artistic statement of sorts on his methods:

I endeavor to find beauty in everything, and present it in a tasteful manner. Human beauty surpasses anything else, thus the human body is a world of discovery.

I have over three decades of experience, in different genres of photography.

Eroticsime is as old as time. While it exists in images of flowers to fruits, yet the human aspect of it, I find very reviting esp when done tastefully, and presented as such too. In my view at times less is more and more is less. The soft light dancing on the lips can be as erotic an image, as other parts of the human body. Yet capturing the essence has been a challege which, photographers and artists constantly endeavor to create.

I constantly look for new faces, forms of expression. Please dont be shy to contact me. If you have no experience before the camera, just know you are equally welcome.

I feel compelled to write this note about TF and paid shoots. I do not pay models unless I am being paid to shoot a particular person/model. In that event the model gets compensated. Please do not think that taking clothes off before a photographers camera deserves compensation. Photographers time is as valuable as a models/mua/stylist. IMHO taking clothes off before the camera is not what makes a shot nor should nudity be desirous of compensation over clothed shoots. At times the hidden is more alluring then the seen and vice versa.

Lastly anyone can get naked but not everyone knows how to be naked before the lens and communicate. Having said that let us shoot and create.

On another one of Abassi’s photography profiles, he writes “Please do not think that taking clothes off before a photographers camera deserves compensation.”

The above photos were found sitting pretty on iStudio.com, all watermarked and under the photographers name. We’re pretty sure this is the same guy, unless there’s another R. Umar Abassi professionally taking pictures in New York.