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Women Before 10 A.M. Hardcover – October 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books; 1st edition (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576870391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576870396
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 10 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,228,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Imagine being let into the bedrooms and bathrooms of 96 of the world's most beautiful actresses and models to photograph them while they're still sleepily themselves, without makeup, defenses or clothes. These heavenly creatures loll in expensive sheets, smoke, drink coffee, play with their dogs and children and let it all hang out." -- Paper

"Intimate, messy, revealing - photos of fabulous females in their precaffeinated state." -- Elle

Imagine being let into the bedrooms and bathrooms of 96 of the worlds most beautiful actresses and models to photograph them while theyre still sleepily themselves, without makeup, defensesor clothes.These heavenly creatures loll in expensive sheets, smoke, drink coffee, play with their dogs and childrenand let it all hang out. -- Paper

Intimate, messy, revealingphotos of fabulous females in their precaffeinated state. -- Elle

About the Author

Veronique Vial was born in France and moved to Los Angeles in 1989. Her first celebrity portraits appeared in A Day in the life of Hollywood (HarperCollins, 1991). Her book Men Before Ten (Beyond Words, 1996) was a hit across the country. Vial has exhibited her work at the prestigious Visa Pour l'Image in Perpignan, and is represented by the renowned L.A. gallery Fahey/Klein.

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The concept of this book was to shoot candid photographs of women doing their normal activities in the morning, following on the successful book done with men in the morning. The purpose was to get the real person behind the polished facade of the famous. Ms. Vial wanted to see "raw, real, natural . . . no makeup, no posing, I wanted their souls." Each photograph was done without additional lighting and was based on a few candid rolls. The book notes the time when the photograph was taken in most cases. Most are from 7 to 10 a.m. The images catch the subjects in bed (alone, and with pets, a mom, children, and men), bathing, showering, with kids, wearing robes, wearing no robes, dressing, exercising, smoking (too many of these), brushing their teeth, drying their hair, putting on make up, having coffee, meditating, making breakfast, eating breakfast, and even working. The concept works best for those who are still half conked-out while they are being photographed, and those who are not professional models. The bright-eyed professional models look just as great as they would on any fashion shoot. It's testimony to their talent for posing without direction. The book contains lots of notes about the subjects, both written in calligraphy and in printed captions at the end of the book. The book would have been a lot better with much more editing. Many of the images add little, other than to make the people look bad. Some of these women looked like they were coming off an all-night drunk or a drug-based party.
The images here would often earn the book an R rating if it were a motion picture. There is total nudity in some cases, but of the modest sort.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book, a companion (?) to 'Men Before 10,' is a desultory followup that lacks almost all the charm, depth, warmth and perceptiveness of its predecessor.
Maybe it's the absence of the element of surprise that made 'Men' so special. The subjects here look self-conscious and posed, the circumstances sadly lacking in spontaneity and individuality. It looks as if Vial was saying, "OK, now jump on the bed. Brush your teeth. Take a shower. Play with your dog. Have a cup of coffee." The women, according to the notes at the end, are almost all 'actress,' 'model' or 'actress/model' -- where's the entrepreneurs, film directors, the painters, the authors -- heck, the OLD people -- we saw in 'Men?'
In order, perhaps, to cram in more indistinguishable pictures of naked bathing beauties, Vial's amusing, brief descriptions of the shoots have been shrunk even further -- even the type is tiny -- and jammed onto one page at the end of the book. Many get no description at all, while the few that are described in the body of the book are written in an irritatingly artsy, hard-to-read type. There's nothing comparable to Pam Houston's charming narrative counterpoint (Sean Penn's tossed-off introduction doesn't even merit a second glance) that made the first book more like an intimate conversation about the private moments with the men we adore
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I normally don't like to write these reviews, I feel art and music are such subjective experiences, you really need to check it out for yourself. But I had to say that this was a very beautiful book. Its an intimate view into a world, most of us men rarely get to be a part of, especially living in such a fast paced world. Veronique Vial captures these passing moments, tip toeing her way through the homes of some well known and before-they-were-famous woman. All the more reason to appreciate this book. Being a photographer, I can also appreciate the clean straight forward layout, that really shows off her great work. Her previous Men Before Ten am, I found too dark and over designed. Its hard to compare the two, because of the subject, but the printing on Women is superior and it has brighter and livelier feel. Her photographs really capture the moment, which is what great photography is all about.
I would compare her to the likes of the great Magnum photographers like, Bresson, Bruce Davidson, Elliot Erwitt. Her ability to capture the "life" in her subjects and "the moment" shows through in these photographs and her other work (see O Cirque du Soleil).
I gave five of these as gifts to woman friends and they loved and enjoyed this book, seeing themselves captured in these beautiful moments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By booger on November 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I like this book alot, I love b&w pics, I feel that the ladies are not being completely natural for as soon as they open their eyes they see someone with a camera. Great pics though.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Villines VINE VOICE on June 10, 2000
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I love portraits. I like to see how complex and how powerful and how beautiful we can be as humans. I love to see histories and hopes etched into people's faces and bodies. _Women Before 10 A.M._ successfully and repeatedly evoked these kinds of powerful emotions in me. I would have bought it at twice the price.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Beautiful photographs of well-known women in their homes, trailers, without make-up, in their normal lives. An illuminating and lovely celebration of women! A perfect gift.
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