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Physique: Classic Photographs of Naked Athletes Paperback – May 24, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; First Edition edition (May 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 050028475X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500284759
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,034,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Kuhnst is on the university faculty as Professor of Sports Science at the University of Bochum. His post-doctoral dissertation Sports: A Cultural History in the Mirror of Art, published in 1996, earned him considerable critical acclaim.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Doran on September 3, 2005
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Contrary to what one might suppose from its title, this lavish portfolio does not compile nude portraits of celebrity sports figures or body-builder enthusiasts. Rather, most of the pictures included portray the health/hygiene and nature spirituality aspects of the multiform clothing-free movement from its earliest days. Together with a highly informative text, the pictures make evident the relevance of the values and practices of naturist/nudist groups for modern dance, film, art, gymnastics, and the recreational conventions of the larger popular culture. The high quality reproductions are printed on heavy photographic-quality paper and bound in an oversize volume by a firm in Switzerland specializing in the publication of art books. Kuhnst is Professor of Sports Science at the University of Bochum (Germany).
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By thatrebelcomic on June 13, 2006
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I purchased this book hoping for some artistic pictures such as might be suitable for framing. What I found instead is a jumble of photos that are anything but. A completely disappointing collection at best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brad J. Horton on September 27, 2008
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This book is one of my favorite out of the last 4-5 that I ordered. It had a ton of good writing about the photography, as well as the photographs. They had explanations as to why a certain photo was natural, or taboo. I really recommend this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George Spontak on September 8, 2010
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I received this book in my mail today. It's a great compendium of naked male and female athletes. There are some especially beautiful shots of athletes in motion. I think that's the best part of the book. Look at the photos of the Danish National Gymnasts - they are exciting to see in mid air. Although I've seen some of these photos jn other collections, there are a lot of new shots that help me appreciate the naked human body.
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