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The Full Body Project: Photographs by Leonard Nimoy Hardcover – December 6, 2007


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About the Author

Best known as an actor, Leonard Nimoy has been a lifelong photographer, and first built his own darkroom at the age of 14. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Five Ties Publishing; 1st edition (December 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979472725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979472725
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was a birthday present for my husband.
Kellie B
It is a book of unusual and very beautiful images and Nimoy handles his assignment with surety and finesse.
Grady Harp
Bravo for Leonard Nimoy and for all the gorgeous women who fill the pages of his book.
Marte

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117 of 120 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Wood on December 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Shekhina was considered controversial because of the way the photographer combined feminine nudity with traditional Jewish male garments. I won't be surprised if his new book, a collection of photos of naked plus size women, causes a little friction as well.

Leonard Nimoy, 76, is an actor, author, director and photographer. He is best known as the pop culture icon Spock from the television series (and movie franchise) Star Trek. Nimoy has had a life long love of photography both as an observer and a creator. In the preface of The Full Body Project, Nimoy discusses how this project differs from his previous projects and how the professional models he's photographed in the past were representations of an idea or theme he wanted to portray. The Full Body Project has been a new and exciting learning experience for him and his wife Susan who often assists him on shoots.

The Full Body Project is a collection of fifty black and white photographs. The main focus of this collection is the women from Big Burlesque and Fat-Bottom Revue (plus size performers from San Francisco). This nude study appears to challenge the media ideal and demonstrate it is possible for the women, bigger than a size 0, 4, 8, 10 and beyond to be comfortable in their own skin. These are not glamor shots. You won't find any body makeup here. The pictures are real and raw, but definitely not distasteful.

The black and white images have strong shadows that highlight curves, lumps, bumps, stretch marks, and facial features but the most potent aspect of the majority of the images, after you get past the nudity, is the eyes. Regardless of their body you can't help but go back to the eyes. Natalie Angier, author of Woman: An Intimate Geography, mentions this in the Forward and it is so true.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
There are several superb artists who study, observe, pose and paint/photograph models whose prime artistic interest is their corpulence: Jenny Saville, Lucien Freud, Hanneline Rogeberg, and Joel Peter Witkin are good examples. But now that list must include Leonard Nimoy whose photographs of posed full-figured females literally fill these pages.

Natalie Angier provides an intelligent, sensitive Foreword to this collection, THE FULL BODY PROJECT, focusing more on the model selection and the act of creating art with women whose body images are respected, and not compromised, in the studio. What follows is a selection of fifty black and white photographs of women, both Caucasian and African American, posed like the three graces, or symbols of mythology, or simply relaxing together - very much aware that the photographer is shaping an art piece. Their eyes engage the camera, at times haughtily, at time with a glint of humor.

Nimoy's time in front of the camera as an actor no doubt adds to his appreciation of reflective and absorptive surfaces and his photographs have a lush rich quality that enhances his Rubenesque models. The results are not parodies of full-bodied women but rather appreciation of the qualities these models bring to the frame. It is a book of unusual and very beautiful images and Nimoy handles his assignment with surety and finesse. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, December 07
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By T. Barnum on January 5, 2008
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This is a celebration of beauty. If it bothers you, take a look at your presumptions and prejudices. I am tired of seeing skinny, fake, bulb-boobed addicts constantly paraded on my television screen as something desirable. Women who throw up after eating, exercise to the point of exhaustion, or surrender to drugs in order to stay rail-thin are not interesting and not my ideal of beauty. There is certainly nothing healthy about that kind of life. Unfortunately our psyches are shaped by the daily images we are being fed by industries who rake in millions due to our guilibility: those who push diets, drugs, nip-and-tuck surgeries, etc. Follow the money. Allowing people to look natural, whatever that may be, does not fill the beauty industry coffers. If you think we're being sold this Wallstreet/Hollywood image of beauty for our own health and welfare, think again. Thank you, Leonard, for giving us powerful images of beautiful women.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Elaine DiRico on February 8, 2008
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Nice to see women from our own country who are delighted with their currently out of fashion bodies.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Nimoy's treatment of his subjects was respectful and human. Something the rest of the country should try to emulate. I particulary liked the pictures he did that were inspired by Matisse, Raphael, and Herb Ritt. These show that art does not have to be thin to be beautiful.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Candye L. Kane on March 3, 2008
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For having the courage to depict these big, gorgeous generous women in their lovely natural state. This book is empowering to women of all sizes and shows that large sized women can be sexy and powerful. Bravo to leonard nimoy for bucking the system and rejecting the brainwashed ideas of beauty that we are fed on a daily basis.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lyric Julie on April 8, 2008
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Amazing, wonderful, gorgeous. This book is so powerful- it can change how you view the "perfect body". Thank you Leonard Nimoy- what a gift to those of us with real woman's bodies!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kellie B on May 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book was a birthday present for my husband. He loved it!!! It shows how beautiful ALL women are. Leonard Nemoy has captured the beauty of the every day woman.
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