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Male Nudes (Passionate Pursuits S.) Hardcover – Illustrated, October 25, 2005
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If you prefer to look at beautiful naked males then do not buy this book!
Of course taste is different from person to person but using a general guide line I would say the beauty of the models is ranging from average to below average with a few exceptions.
There are around 90 pictures in the book. Around 40 of those pictures are just pictures of faces. I still fail to see how a picture of just a face can be considered a "nude" picture.
Of all the pictures in the book, none of them have complete frontal nudity! Yes, none! So there are no pictures in the book where one can see genitals of the models.
There's a flood of photography books currently in the market and most of the ones loosely categorized under the `male photography' banner are, unfortunately, pretty bad. They're either too pretentious or lacking in taste. Some of the best in this group include "Fun?Game" by Lalli, "Dieux du Stade" also by Rousseau, "Just Between Us" by Gorman, "Chop Suey Club" by Weber, and "Summer Souvenirs" by Haak. The following titles not only are superlative but also veer away from the typically Eurocentric male photo book by focusing on or giving equal time to Asian, Latino, Middle Eastern, and/or African male bodies: "Torero" by Afanador, "Pierre et Gilles: The Complete Works" by Marcade, et al., "Body & Soul" and "More Body, More Soul" by Thomas, "Midnight" by Gottfried (a photo essay with a lone male subject dealing with mental illness), and the particularly exceptional "Athlete" by Schatz.
"Male Nudes" is the latest addition to this short list. Rousseau is known in the States for photographing the Dieux du Stade series (horribly called "Locker Room Nudes" locally). These 2 books and 1 other, "Prince of Tides", solidify his status for me as the most interesting photographer of the male form at the moment. (He has another book, "Amor Causa", which I have yet to see.) Rousseau always manages to successfully tiptoe the line between eroticism and pornography. The mood is more sensual than sexual. You get hints and suggestions rather than sensory overload.Read more ›
While the book is quite beautiful, it is not the kind of book I am going to hang on to because I mostly appreciate the photography, painting and sculpting of the female form. I particularly like the absence of distinct lines and the necessity to represent weight, shape, volume and other subtle nuances without as many clear lines and contrast. In short, the cost/benefit ration isn't there for me once I've reviewed the book. However, if I was drawing more these days, I would reconsider because of the way the musculature, bone structure and three-dimensional aspects of the photograph are represented.
If you are looking for art and not pornography, you will probably appreciate this as a coffee table type book. If you have a high interest in photography and fine art, you will appreciate it even more.
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MALE NUDES/ PASSIONATE PURSUITS is an art book by the gifted photographer François Rousseau (Dieux du Stade: The French National Rugby Team, Princes of the Sea, Amor Causa, Men in... Read morePublished on January 21, 2012 by Grady Harp