Wow. Does that sum it up? The artwork in this book is amazing! There truly is something for everyone - from Marilyn Monroe to total Fetish! From form & curves to out & out sexuality, this book really covers the spectrum. The great part about models with FEMALE photographers is the way they capture the essence of a woman! The freedom, the imperfections, the sexy way they feel about themselves, versus one more pin-up-perfect-model-book. I think we've seen enough Hollywood types! I'd have to say also there are a lot of real breasts in this book which was a breath of fresh air! Thank you!
i enjoyed the book loads as it is a collection of photos from several female photographers. although there's a lot of variety, there's no porn and all of the material is within 'normal' limits. no surprises, plain artistic and erotic stuff, but i liked that.there are macros and full body shots, and surprisingly many women are on a bed, partly covered by sheets or such. the feeling that comes across the book is joy but it's not too obvious, i think the photos are just positive in how they perceive women. what was also interesting is that even if there is erotism in the photos, it is not the same as when men photograph it. women in the book are not objects. i can recommend this book :)
while the cover modle is not a good represintation of the models in the book. It is a book that really shows the real everyday women that roam the earth in all thier natural beauty. I bought this book to aid in an art class study. This was an outstanding book to own.
Up front, here's my only objection: I do not believe that quality fine-art nude images are created based on the gender of the photographer. I take absolute exception to that premise --that a woman, or a man, for that matter--makes more significant images because of their gender, which is the major selling point of this book. (I mean, look at the title, fer God's sakes!).
Having filed that objection, I still give this publication 5 stars for utterly magnificent work. Sensuality, self-awareness, vulnerability, beauty, and hope abound in every image. The best of what it is to be human is revealed in this book (which is exactly the point, the only point, of this type of work).
Thank you, Stephanie, for your beautiful work.
To the publisher: I understand about marketing into a niche, but please don't make it about the artist's gender-- That's such a cheap marketing shot. It's about the freshness of her vision, and the proficieny of her art, which would be true regardless of her sex. . . .
Granted, I bought this book with the hope of learning something new about artistic photographic vision from a woman's perspective-- much as I've read feminist writers to learn new perspectives in literature-- Hurston, Walker, et al. And, while I see poignancy in every shot, there is nothing significant that I can attribute to the photographer's gender. . . .
And then I began to wonder, How would I know the difference between a man or a woman behind the camera? Granted, again, there are differences between Sturges and Mann-- but I can't define them as being gender-based; it's a larger socio-economic context between the two of them.
I could be wrong, of course-- and I am certainly open to the perspectives of others.Read more ›
I bought this book because of the cover image. I think it's perfect in its simplicity. However, it was the best photograph in the book. This is not to say that the rest of the images were not good, they were, but they were not great. It's a shame, because I had high hopes for this book. One really good thing, however, was the artist bio for each photographer. It gave some insight as to the process, point of view, etc. for each artist, and led the reader to seek out their favorites to see more of their work.