Just another day in the office: Playboy art director reveals awkward and humorous side to producing magazine's risque photos

By Jessica Jerreat

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From the glossy pages of Playboy magazine, the voluptuous models look sultry and confident, but creating that sexy facade can be an awkward process.

An art director for the Dutch edition of the iconic magazine has revealed a behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoots, showing the hard work that goes into creating the perfect image.

Patrick van Dam's images show models posing in hay barns, on beaches and in forests as a team of stylists, lighting assistants and photographers gather round.

Glimpse: Patrick van Dam's shots offer a rare behind-the-scenes look at Playboy

Glimpse: Patrick van Dam's shots offer a rare behind-the-scenes look at Playboy

Revealing: The scenes of photo shoots gives a glimpse into the reality of the glamor magazine

Revealing: The scenes of photo shoots gives a glimpse into the reality of the glamor magazine

Van Dam was responsible for the production of all the nude shoots with Playmates and celebrities during his eight years with the magazine.

During his time with Playboy he took a series of images showing the glamor shots being set up, which offer a rare insight into the inner workings of the iconic title.

He said his team quickly got used to working around naked women, adding: 'For Playboy photo crews it's like a day at the office.'

 

'It's no longer odd or uncomfortable being surrounded by nudity,' van Dam said.

'Of course the results after a day's work were most important but all the stuff that happens to create the perfect picture is much more interesting.'

The art director's images have been turned into an award-winning book, Playboy Behind the Scenes, which displays 150 revealing photos.

Poised: Final adjustments are made to a model's pose as she writhes in the surf

Poised: Final adjustments are made to a model's pose as she writhes in the surf

Perfectionist: A stylist, armed with large cans of hairspray, adjusts a woman's hair as she sits in a hay barn

Perfectionist: A stylist, armed with large cans of hairspray, adjusts a woman's hair as she sits in a hay barn

Step up: This pair of satin ribbon heels stand out against the drab surroundings

Step up: This pair of satin ribbon heels stand out against the drab surroundings

The limited edition book, which was awarded Best Photo Book' in Communication Arts' Photo Annual 2012, has an introduction by Hugh Hefner.

Hefner, editor-in-chief of Playboy, wrote: 'In these compelling images, Patrick has captured the soul of the Playboy shoot and offered a true celebration of, and homage to, the people who make these beautiful things happen. 

'Vividly here is the intimacy, the fun, and the dedication it takes to create the very best in contemporary erotica. 

'And along the way, true to his calling, he gives the reader a peek behind the curtain of the Playboy lifestyle.'

The book was released as a limited edition of 1,500 copies, which sold out quickly. Those interested in buying a second edition can register their interest on van Dam's website.

Back drop: Working on a Playboy shoot puts photographers and their assistants in usual situations

Back drop: Working on a Playboy shoot puts photographers and their assistants in usual situations

Behind-the-scenes: A model holds her pose in front of a window while an assistant adjusts equipment

Behind-the-scenes: A model holds her pose in front of a window while an assistant adjusts equipment

Awkward: Sometimes getting the perfect photo can be a difficult process

Awkward: Sometimes getting the perfect photo can be a difficult process

Close up: Getting the perfect Playboy shot can put photographers in occasionally embarrassing positions

Close up: Getting the perfect Playboy shot can put photographers in occasionally embarrassing positions

Artistic eye: The crew gather around a model to make sure they have the right light and angle

Artistic eye: The crew gather around a model to make sure they have the right light and angle

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Man, those are some serious bunions in the third picture from the last!!!

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Do people still buy this rag? Playboy is so pathetically dated it's a dinosaur, along with the other pathetic lads mags. And I'm a bloke saying it.

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What a strange name you have, lad.

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Oh dear me sides are splitting...what fun.

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LOL, It's funny how we'll pay to see one person's butt, but be grossed out by anothers'.

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What a sordid and soul-less profession.

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I would not mind being a photographer and taking pics of almost naked gorgeous men all day long :) Blonde Eriks wearing nothing but a winter hat... Eduardos with just heavy boots on...

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I found some of the photos really hilarious. That second photo with the butt jutting out on the left and the fourth photo of the guy propping a girl naked from waist down with his own plumber's crack showing. Neither is anywhere near erotic!

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"The photographer adjusts his equipment". I bet he did!

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I thought it is "self-adjusting" ....

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The tattoo in pic 8 looks like Nicole Richie's. And they are very thin, too.

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Nicole Richie tattoo is on her left foot but yeah same tatt.

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How degrading some of these pics look.

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Spoken like a fat chick!

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