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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: teNeues; Mul edition (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
  • ISBN-10: 3832795790
  • ISBN-13: 978-3832795795
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 11.4 x 14.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With an eye for forms and lines, Sylvie Blum encompasses the perfection and strength of the female body. Her models are not just naked, they resemble a masterpiece of a sculpture." ~Digital Photo Magazine

"Sylvie Blum rose from model to master of nude photography. Included in this book are poses that will appeal to all of our senses. Uniquely, they are a woman's poses, as seen by a woman--and a woman who happens to be the most promising nude photographer today." ~Foto Magazin Germany

"...the beauty of naked bodies that capture our attention." ~Harper's Bazaar

"Naked beauty will inspire you with these sensual and sensitive perspectives. Bodies, perfectly displayed under lights and shadows, command the viewers' trust and respect--delicate, graceful, and grandiose." ~Der Standart

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And it is very exciting to witness the development of photographer Sylvie Blum.
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The surroundings are a very light or dark gray tone, the subject has an amazing range of fine tones from perfect black to snow white.
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The photographs in this collection are equally noteworthy for their photographic excellence as for their artistic merit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Lebryk TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Naked Beauty is the fine art of black and white photography, classic nude poses, and publishing.

The photographs are almost all taken in a studio with a white background and white floor, or the negative of a black wall and black floor. Sylvie Blum has mastered the technique of high key photography. The surroundings are a very light or dark gray tone, the subject has an amazing range of fine tones from perfect black to snow white. This is an almost impossible technique. Lighting and exposure are perfection in every single image.

The book is laid out with absolutely no distractions from the images. There are no page numbers, no captions, simply a white border around the photographs. The book is an oversized 11 x 14 inches that shows off each image's high resolution and detail. Great care was taken to choose images that would face each other on two pages that the composition would flow from one image to the next. There is almost a two page pallet used to display the images. The rhythm of images facing each other is occasionally broken with only one strong image facing a blank page.

The last pages of the book are thumbnails on the right-hand page, with the Plate list on the left-hand side. The list is sometimes a title, sometimes the model name, sometimes no title, but always followed by the year of the photograph. Seeing 20 of these images in smaller form all on one page is also an interesting way to view the photographs. Another rhythm shows up, one of tone, form, and series.

The pictures are not erotic, but sensual in their flow. Unlike Mapplethorpe or Helmut Newton, these are pictures of women that happen to not have clothes on. It is a more organic pure study of form, light and shadow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The naked female body is one of the most pervasive subjects in the history of art. Based on the archeological evidence one could actually argue that it is perhaps the oldest art subject. It has been explored over the millennia in various forms, and in the age of photography has assumed a new and distinct direction. Sylvie Blum's "Naked Beauty" is the latest addition to that art form and it's destined to become a classic.

The images in this book, although in black and white, have a very modern look to them. The stark, minimalist setup of these photographs reduces the female body to its bare essentials. And yet, Sylvie Blum is very innovative and creative with the kinds of photographs that she takes. The nudes are photographed almost exclusively in a studio, without any props aside from an occasional use of a stool. The poses that the models assume are contorted in every sense of the word. They help elevate their subject almost to the level of abstract art. The women are studiously devoid of sexual charge and seductive power. Although the models are exceptionally feminine, this lack of overt eroticism makes them feel almost androgynous. Perhaps this distance from the erotic connotations of the naked female body helps us appreciate it more in its purest essence.

The photographs in this collection are equally noteworthy for their photographic excellence as for their artistic merit. They are a study in creative and deliberate use of lighting and perspective for the purpose of accentuating the subject. Even though they are static (vary few photographs are in motion) they project a certain form of dynamism that jumps at you from every page. The book is beautifully designed, the photographs are large and well arranged, and the hard cover adds to the overall artistic merit. This is an exceptional coffee-table book that would also serve as a great source of ideas for art and photography students. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 28, 2012
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Women's figures offer endless variation, not just between individuals, but within the individual herself. Lighting shifts to emphasize different curves and contours. Her body shifts, too, showing grace, softness, broad planes, complex details, and flexing muscles. So, when Blum takes this marvelous material and abstracts it into form and composition, the result gives multiple layers of meaning.

The first, of course, is simple love of that form, in all its variations. The women themselves carry their native beauty effortlessly. Then at another level, Blum uses women's figures for plays of shadow and light. Skin tone changes the meaning of chiaroscuro: her paler models reveal their form in the shadows, but the darkest tones glisten with highlights that trace out the feminine structure. And, between those extremes, some women of middle skin tone combine the two, defining their shapes as much with the high notes of brightness as with their deeper tones and shading.

The next layer of each B&W photo truly sets Blum's work apart, though. That human material, with it complex play of light, carries the visual composition and abstract forms that Blum coaxes from these gorgeous models. Angularity and curve, plane of thigh or ridged landscape of hand, defined shape of muscle or suspended softness of breast - each has its part in some photographic construction or other. It's this sculptural use of form, while retaining each model's unique character and grace, that I find so compelling in Blum's work.

It's gratifying to see such a wide palette of human coloring in this collection, with a matching range of features and personal details. The models all fit the toned, slim, twenty-something mold. It's an easy look to like, but sometimes too easy.
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