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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 379132862X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791328621
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,593,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
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!
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By jenni tapanila on July 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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 :)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By PHOTOGECKO on March 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James Stacy on September 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Leslie N. on September 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Beautifully done by some of the best female photographers out there. Thoughtful, sexy, comely, and none of the condescension so often implied in photographs taken by men.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
These four-dozen photographers present a wide range of views: delicate, playful, graceful, fetish-exotic, or something that has no good name. The collection combines B&W images with a few in color, all beautifully printed on bright stock.

With such variety, no one word captures the whole collection. A few images (e.g. p.51) convey simple honesty, an affectionate documentary. Others (p.1, 20-21, 37) display the figure's simple or complex (p.31) elegance. Yet others (p.89) treat the model as monument, or as embodiment of passion (p.35, 100, 104). Despite all the variety displayed here, it just reminds the viewer that each individual model, each unique woman lives all these moods and more at different times.

Does the woman's view really make a difference? I honestly can't say - maybe it does. Maybe playtime lingerie and unwalkable heels occur less frequently, maybe there are fewer of the exaggerated "art" poses, maybe implants appear more often than in other recent collections. Maybe not - and maybe if you ask me again, I'll give a different answer. Maybe the subjective differences between men's and women's views have little effect on the objective look of the photo. No matter. This collection offers a gorgeous, varied, and often surprising look at women's beauty.

-- wiredweird
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle7 on December 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Devoted to nude and erotic photography by women photographers, this exciting new book illustrates the emotional force and sensual beauty of the female body as seen through the feminine lens. This epic acheivement features the works of some of today's most important female photographers. More than one hundred images explore themes such as introversion and extroversion, the private and the public. It examines the distinctly female aspects of erotic photography, and what emerges is a profoundly sympathetic relationship between viewer and subject. And, as a number of these women artists have worked as models themselves, their perspective on this role adds yet another layer to this powerful volume.

Hardcover with 128 pages, this strikingly beautiful and elegant book is a lovely introduction to the increasingly important genre of female nudes actually crafted by female photographers.
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