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Nightswimming Hardcover – December 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0944092552 ISBN-10: 0944092551 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Twin Palms Pub (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944092551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944092552
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,843,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ron Cowie on March 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great idea. Steven Barker went into the sex clubs of NYC and documented what happens there. Using only avalible light, the long shutter speeds transform human figures into shadow creatures and smoke shapes. Grainy, impressionistic photos are hobbled by a heavy handed design layout. It seems that some pictures were picked not on their strength but on the ability to fill empty space. I waited a long time for this book to come out and was disappointed with the product. I wouldn't buy this if I was able to flip through it beforehand. It's too bad because what intriqued me about this book was the subject matter and the mysterious world therein. What I got was overdone, dilluted, and, dull.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I was drawn to this book by its bold concept, and was pleased to see a beautifully produced book. Unfortunately, the potential of available light photography is stretched here beyond breaking point. The images are mostly nondescript blurs that could have been shot almost anywhere--except for the fleeting hints of naked men. I guess this book is sort of a Rorschach test. Apparently, some see genius in the writhing light and shadow. I see underwhelming photos in attractive packaging.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bentmax on August 3, 2000
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Sorry, hate to differ with the other reviewers but you have to really like barely visible images on black pages to appreciate this work. I don't. Dreamy? Perhaps. Or is just the latest gimmick to be differen? The book itself is handsome but the almost invisible characters inside are doing something but I can't quite make out what it is. I give it an "A" for presentation and an "F" for photographic content.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Parelli on April 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I'd heard about this book before it came out, and was excited to see it how somebody could picture a scene that for me was always intensely private, almost dreamlike. The result is everything I hoped for-not cheap or embarrassing, but erotic, evocative and provoking. Before I saw the book, I wondered about spending so much on something that was probably going to live with the porn magazines stashed under my bed. But this book is art, and I'm proud to have it in the open so that my friends can also enjoy these beautiful photographs, which take gay moments that are usually only discussed in sensationalist terms and capture the fleeting beauty, and often near-silent power. Barker is a genius!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Derek on April 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This gorgeous book is a collection of photos taken by Mr. Barker in places where cameras usually do not go: NYC sex clubs. It is not a pornographic account of his exploits. It's a romantic dream of disaggregated images, a book of hunger, longing and intense desire. There is a religious aspect to these images, almost ghost-like forms searching and longing. I highly recommend it.
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