These examples of sleep photography depict humans in an extremely vulnerable state. Whether they were meant as an artistic expression, or an eye-catching print advertising campaign, slumberous captures are becoming increasingly popular.
Some of these photographic series use long-exposure techniques to create a blurry effect, while others require creative ladder use to get the perfect shot. On the artistic end of things, one of these trends involves an award winning actress in a glass box as a part of an exhibit. These are often candid and realistic images of real people asleep.
On the other hand, many of these sleep photography finds are marketing campaigns. Sleeping Beauty editorials are prevalent, but few feature models who feign sleep in every shot. Other ads promote libraries, mattresses and hotels. Sleeping infants are also commonly used to amp up the adorable factor.
From Fictional Morning-After Ads to Candid Slumber Captures
Exhausted Subway Captures
Nicholas Barker’s Sleeping Video Showcases Human Vulnerability
Contorted Sleeping Captures
The 'Thought I Was Awake' Photos by Ting Cheng are Surreal
Candid Slumber Captures
Michael Cinque's 'Sleeping in Public' is Sweet, Dreamy and Honest
Snoozing Celebrity Installations
Tilda Swinton Sleeps in a Glass Box as a Pop-Up MoMa Exhibit
Fictional Morning-After Ads
This Series of Book Ads Shows Readers Sleeping with Iconic Characters
Blurry Entangled Photography
Paul Schneggenburger's The Sleep of the Beloved Series is Clouded
This Comforta Mattresses Campaign Markets Sleeping Like a Baby
Religious Sleeping Positions
The Chapel Bar & Bistro Ad Celebrates '7 Years of Almighty Nights'
Sleeping Long-Exposure Photos
A Photographer Shot a Timelapse of Beloved Couples' Movements
Quirky Narcoleptic Editorials
The Tush Magazine 'Sekunden Schlaf' Photoshoot Stars Dempsey Stewart
Bodacious Sleeping Beauties
The Madame Figaro China April 2013 Issue Boasts Fairy Tale Inspiration
Sleeping Newborn Photography
Sweet Bambini Studio Captures Calmly Smiling Infants
Sleeping Pregnancy Photography
Jana Romanova Captures Expecting Couples Asleep in 'Waiting'