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Over thirty photographers present samples of their black and white work in this collection. As a result, vision and style cover a wide range - but, surprisingly, the models themselves do not. With a very few charming exceptions, every photo depicts a single female model, twenty-something, with anglo features and coloring. Erotic appeal wears many more faces, some in different tones and some at other ages. The kinds of beauty missing detract only slightly from the kinds present, though.
My favorites in this collection emphasize the person and the human material of the model herself. Cabon's startling, elegant geometry opens this collection, an understated study in line and form. Other photographers also follow this less-is-more route, tending either toward sculptural studies (Bolk, Zurmuhle, Wantuch, and Hutterhein, to name just a few) or portraiture (including work by Carre, de Haan, and Moss). Farther from my own tastes, some photographers emphasize budoir, landscape, and cityscape compositions, with often with exhibitionistic and voyeuristic slants. Relatively few photographers here center their work on fetish attire or bondage - rarity of these genres suits my preferences well.
I found a few truly memorable images between these covers. The other pictures, even if not boldly challenging or innovative, rise to a high standard, too. This might not be a must-have for any collection of figure photo, but many viewers will find it a welcome addition.
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