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Femmes: Masterpieces of Erotic Photography (Grove Press Poetry Series) Paperback – October 10, 2001
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A visual feast of the erotic, this impressively produced volume contains 190 photographs (in colour, duotone and black and white) along with appropriate text that (thankfully) resists any heavy breathing. One person's eroticism is another person's pornography, the saying goes, but only the most illiberal are likely to be upset by the sumptuous offerings here. The photographers range from the workaday to the truly inspired, but nearly all are suffused with a heady erotic charge that (in certain cases) virtually leaps off the page. This could make a very tempting present for any sensualists of your acquaintance, particularly if they are aficionados of lingerie, black leather and elegant Sapphic couplings. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Michelle Olley is editor of P.U.R.E., a sophisticated fashion and arts magazine with a sexy edge. She is the author of three collections of photography, Homme, Venus and Love Lust Desire (Carlton Books). Michelle was previously editor of Attitude, the UK's leading gay men's lifestyle magazine. For over ten years she has been actively involved, as director and features editor, with Skin Two magazine, the world's best-known fetish lifestyle title. Michelle was also responsible for instigating the Skin Two Rubber Ball, now the largest fetish party in the world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Like anyone, I confess to my favorites. I find prettiness optional and beauty almost unavoidable. The woman/women fascinate/s me - not the lingerie or other kink. I warm to affection, even the more physical kinds. I enjoyed Gosbee's work, and Grace's, and Nelson's dotted lady (among others). Hyams's models exhibit a simple but almost superhuman beauty; Karsten's come across with strength, honesty, and a little goofiness. Mahaux's one photo across the fold approaches the models' nudity closely, showing individual uniqueness in narrow detail. It's just me, maybe, but that matters. Even identical twins differ, and I thrive on those differences. Some photographers I find vulgar - many of Roy Stuart's entries dropped below that line. I learn from some, including Sunderland's. Personality matters to me too; that's why Davis's pictures attracted me.
Some of this work appeals to me, some doesn't. There's a lot to enjoy here, and nothing (just barely) that I found offensive. If women's beauty matters to you, go ahead. You're sure to find something you like.
There were some pictures, by various artists, that were blurry, which I know was on purpose, but I'm just not a fan of that in erotic art. There were also a few shots where the models have that dead-eyed look of a pornstar that I find to be a total turn-off. I have to say that otherwise, Michelle Olley did a good job of finding some hot, some fun, and some downright nasty or tantalizing shots to use in this collection. I certainly felt inspired to find more works by some of the photographers included, such as Cat de Rham and Sandro Hyams. I would also love to see a new edition or sequel to this book with some newer works.
A missed opportunity. Take a look at Judy Francesconi's "Visual Sonnets" or, from the 1970's, J. Frederick Smith's "Sappho: The Art of Loving Women" as alternatives. To me, these speak more of a belief in the beauty and emotional closeness of the relationships depicted in their authors' images.
But this is kind of different, don't you think? It goes deeper than masturbation and Playboy bullcrap.
I will say it had a lot of fetish type pictures in it, but, if you're into that kind of thing, this will be great for you!
I have to say I enjoyed it, DESPITE the "unattractive" women in it. But really... doesn't perfection get boring after a while?