- Hardcover: 250 pages
- Publisher: Graphis Inc; First Edition edition (January 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 188800147X
- ISBN-13: 978-1888001471
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 10.8 x 14 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,885,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By the way, it is interesting to note that some people I know who are offended even by what many would consider artistic nudes are surprisingly not offended by the nudes in this book. So, if you tend to be offended by artistic nudes, perhaps you may find this book opens your eyes to the beauty of the nude as an art form. I suspect with this book that Howard Schatz may have made a significant contribution to the acceptance of nudes by the general public.
Less a book about dancers than about the incredible beauty of the human body, "Pool Light," transcends the very things which frustrate us as movers. In this book, the photographer and his models make us believe in both flight and fantasy. They inspire us to see shape unihibited by gravity or earthly confines. And they succeed in taking nudity, within a photographic environment, out of the controversial realms of "indecency" and restoring it to art in the way the great painters have seen it.
Technically, the work is nothing short of a marvel. Great photography, like any great art, deceives the viewer into believing that what they see is so easy, so natural, as to be routinely simple. In "Pool Light," we see none of the sweat, none of the frustration and aches (and presumably water-logged participants), which must certainly have gone into each image. Instead, we are invited simply to see that most classic of forms, and ancient of muses, the human figure, shown, through the most contemporary of techniques, in a way which celebrates both even as it transcends our sense of their limitations.
Photographer Howard Schatz has advanced beyond "Water Dance" to perfect his art of underwater photography through a more effective use of the pool's characteristics to portray motion, suspend animation, and produce some of the most fantastic images of the human body. Every one of the 120+ photos is worth a long look. The bodies of the dancers, models and swimmers are not all there is to admire, but take a look at how Mr. Schatz uses the surface of the pool as a mirror or as a screen to either reflect or shield portions of the physique. Every aspect of each image seems to be perfectly in place, even air bubbles and ripples of the pool's surface, which add an interesting quality of depth and lighting.
As a nice complement to the images, there are several pages of commentary which describe the artists' (photographer, collaborators and models) inspiration and efforts, as well as some of what goes into making a book like this. For example, it's noted how Mr. Schatz prepares his "liquid studio" to be more tolerable to the subjects, such as using ozonated (not chlorinated) water, and matching the pool's pH balance to that of human tears so that models can keep their eyes open longer. Interesting reading indeed.
"Pool Light" is one of my favorite photography books of all time, and I would recommend it to anyone.
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Beyond time and space images, each is an example that we have not run out of subject matter to photograph. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Donald D. Farra
Fantastic Photography Great Work Nice binding Work Nice Photography Great Work Nice Photography What Can I Say its a Really great bookPublished on May 6, 2013 by aubrey harding
A magic delight to any person with or even without sensibility.
A must see for photographers and artists. It is a source of inspiration for my paintings and sculptures. Read more
I have now bought three copies of this book, one for my house in London, one for my house in the country, and one which I cut up - so I could frame and hang my favourites. Read morePublished on October 16, 2001 by Machiavelli
Absolutely beautifully photographed book. Schatz captures the God given beauty of the models under water with perfect taste. This is his best book by far. Read morePublished on May 25, 2001
With production values like a Hollywood movie, this book still manages to be intimate, and at the same time, otherworldly and unattainable. Read morePublished on May 6, 2000 by Derby Chang
Improving on his '96 Waterdance, Schatz provides glorious images made magically possible in that altered dream-world where all things are possible and more beautiful. Read morePublished on December 6, 1999 by firstname.lastname@example.org