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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books; First edition. edition (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576872491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576872499
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.4 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Calvin dresses them; Bryan takes their pictures. Ranging through New York and L.A. over much of 2004, Adams set up a plethora of shoots of famous women wearing Klein's clothes, with proceeds from book and photos going to breast cancer research programs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Scarlett Johansson leads off; Cindy Crawford, Paula Zahn, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lauren Bush, Nia Long, Liz Smith, Hilary Rodham Clinton and 82 others follow. Since Adams seems to be after the glowy, stripped down wattage of the staged b&w magazine celeb shot, the photos are not always inspiring, but they are all lovely and competent. Some are full-page bleeds or spreads; others are centered or off-set; most focus on the faces of the famous, rather than on Klein's austerely classic designs, which seem to take second place here.
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"A cross section of influential American women, [and] a tribute to their beauty, strength, and character." -- Vogue, July 2005

"Direct and unpretentious..." -- Vanity Fair, June 2005

"Iconographic…starkly elegant…there is a freedom to [the pictures] that is just so wonderful…" -- Harper's Bazaar, May 2005

"What makes American women American? It’s a tough question Bryan Adams answers brilliantly with [these] gorgeous shots of independent gals." -- Marie-Claire, July 2005

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn D'Amico VINE VOICE on July 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Bryan Adams (Summer of 69, Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman) lost someone close to him to breast cancer and decided to become a force in raising money to combat the disease. Having already published two books on women in the UK and Canada, Adams turns his attention to the U.S and dedicates the profits of "American Women" to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. That effort alone earns it all the stars in the sky. This is a very talented artist who is more famous for his music than photography. You won't find any award winning photography between these pages but that wasn't the point. I believe the point was to focus on women, their strength, beauty and their value. Bryan Adams has accomplished that with a touch of class. "American Women" is worth every penny, especially if "You Ever Really Loved a Woman."
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Linda Black on July 19, 2005
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Beautiful photographs laid out well with a good mix of celebrity/socialite/political women who effect our lives. Very good value for money
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I thought of Bryan Adams as a musician so I was surprised to see that his photographic work was highly rated. When I got this book, I found out why. He knows how to light and pose but above all he has a feeling for portraying female subjects respectfully yet beautifully.

The women in this book are celebrities. Some of the pictures are sexy but not in a way that's tasteless. It's funny that a classier approach can seem fresher than the all-too-common sleazy approach that we see in the media to the extent that it's tiresome.

This is a coffee table book that photographers can appreciate. The print quality is very good and the book is a pleasure to view.
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Great job! The book contains some gorgeous photos, even for women who are not extremely young and beautiful. the book
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