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Modern Amazons Hardcover

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (October 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822812919
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822812914
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 10.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,436,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dobbins presents figure studies of women bodybuilders and fitness competitors with text considering the meaning that this kind of body has for our society, our knowledge of the physiological possibilities of the female body and our sense of the erotic.

From the Author

The photographer:

Bill Dobbins is a photographer, writer, and video director. His artistic photographs, especially nudes, first appeared in Joe Weider's Flex Magazine, the world's leading bodybuilding publication. His work has also been featured in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, including this year's "Picturing The Modern Amazon" exhibition at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. In 1995, Dobbins published The Women: Photographs of the Top Female Bodybuilders (Artisan, NY); he has also written a number of books on bodybuilding training and nutrition and has collaborated with Arnold Schwarzenegger on three books.

More About the Author

Bill Dobbins is a photographer, writer, editor and video creator based in Los Angeles. He was the founding editor of Flex Magazine, author of 8 print books and has collaborated on 3 books with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Two of his book are fine art photo publications, featuring aesthetically developed muscular female bodies: women bodybuilders, fitness and figure competitors, athletes and amazing Amazons. As a commercial and advertising photographer, his work includes fashion, beauty and variety of other types photos. As a writer, he contributes articles to magazines world wide, and is working on two novels to be published in the near future as Kindle eBooks.

His fine art photos have been featured in a number of art galleries and two museums.

"I was in the right place at the right time," Bill says on the subject of how he came to become involved in photographing the "fit and fabulous" women of the fitness world. "Publisher Joe Weider asked me to become the founding editor of Flex Magazine, I was doing that job when the physique competition for women began and I simply started writing about them and shooting their photos."

Bill approached this subject with what he calls the "Ansel Adams Strategy": Do it first, do it best and do it the most.

The only drawback to his success in shooting this kind of photo, Bill has found, is that photographers can be every bit as subject to typecasting as actors. "I shoot a lot of fashion, beauty and lifestyle pictures as well as doing physique photos," he says. "I try to bring my particular style of graphic clarity to all my work. But when art buyers and creative directors see shots of female muscle they often have trouble visualizing how I can contribute to the kinds of projects they are developing. Fortunately, my portfolio is strong enough that I can often prevail when I have a chance to show my book.

Publishing eBooks is a more recent part of Bill's creative efforts. Because he is able to do graphic design in addition to being a writer and photographer, he realized he was in a position to be a "one man band" and put together books totally on his own. "I went through the same thing when I began designing web sites in 1999," Bill explains. "So I'm looking forward to experiencing the same success with Kindle books.

Meanwhile, Bill Dobbins continues to pursue commercial photography from his studio in Los Angeles, and welcomes inquiries from new clients. His commercial work can be seen at


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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By citan-uzuki VINE VOICE on November 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Inside this book you will find pictures of some of the most beautiful female bodies on the planet. Having said that, muscular women do not appeal to everyone. If Playboy centerfolds are your idea of beauty, then perhaps this book is not for you. But for those who can appreciate the aesthetics of a high performance body, then this book will certainly appeal to you. The modern amazons pictured on these pages are beautiful, in the same way that athletes are beautiful. It is a rare opportunity to see nude pictures of women bodybuilders. If you enjoy looking at muscular women in the nude, then this book is definitely for you.
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Modern Amazons is the highly anticipated follow-up to Bill Dobbin's first major publication devoted to the muscular female form - The Women. This new work, featuring the new women of bodybuilding, is sure to please Dobbins' devoted fans. Like its predecessor, Modern Amazons explores its beautiful subject matter with a level of respect bordering on awe, and the splendor, indeed the majesty of these women, is staggering. They are if anything, more impressive, their mass and muscularity more pronounced. And though Dobbins tinkers with a bit of cheesecake and glamour, his real strength is the more artistic approach where the beauty of the subject's body is the centerpiece of the portrait. These are the real gems, and there are enough of these in its 192 pages to make this a truly heroic book.
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