He went to Italy around 1878 for health reasons (possibly tuberculosis) and remained there the rest of his life (except for a few years during World War I).
Gloeden's villa and studio in Taormina, Sicily, was a mecca for local Italian youths whom he
used as models for his photography.
After Gloeden's death, his studio was raided by Mussolini's Fascist Police who seized and destroyed thousands of photo prints and glass negatives (for being deemed "obscene"). Consequently, only a fraction of Gloeden's vast photographic output remains today.
I've decided to keep most of Gloeden's models "under wrap" in the following collection: mostly portraits - and no full frontal nudity.
I'm not a prude - - I'm just too lazy to change my blog settings to "adult content".
One of Gloeden's models, with Mt. Vesuvius smoking in the background.
Portrait of a boy, 1899
.. ...and now and then, a boy dressed as a girl.....
Photo taken in Gloeden's villa at Taormina