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Graphis Nudes 4 (v. 4) Hardcover – September 5, 2006
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There's no one mood or style here. There's a mix of color, B&W, and one striking monochrome with just one trrace of color (#58). Some of the photos capture the simple elegance of a figure (#1, 11, 29, 61). Others (#17, 27) create abstractions from utterly literal rendition of the body's line or surface. Others (#87, 91, 96) draw more on classic portraiture. The pictures aren't all about conventional beauty (#6, 23, 64, 66), though many (#49, 51, 93) are. Bare skin predominates, but is sometimes draped (#46, 81, 84), decorated (#18, 30, 82), or complemented with other visual elements (#35). A few image explore techniques of image capture (#48) or printing (#44). Unlike many collections, these photos cover wide ranges of skin tones (#97, 24, 32, 15) and shapes of body, with nearly as many male models as female.
There's a lot more to say, but "writing about art is like dancing about architecture." Only the images themselves can convey their messages. These are messages well worth understanding, and well worth coming back to.
Every single photo in this book is beautiful (In most other books I usually am not very fond of 30 to 50% of the pics).
If you are into very provocative photographs, this book might be too quiet for you. Most pictures are black and white or in a limited color palette. The photographers rather concentrate on form and texture of the human body then on provocative poses. The artists in this book play with beautiful lines and curves, strong light-shadow contrasts, or the contrast between a soft human body and rough nature. It is a praise of the beauty of the human body in all its forms. If you like classic black and white photography, get this book, I am sure you will like the color photographs in there too. (Oh, and see whether you can get the other three volumes ;)
Some more facts: The paper of the book is heavy and semi glossy, and the print quality is magnificent. Photographs are on the back and front of the page, so no empty pages (don't worry, no shine-through with this paper). Also the binding is very well done. The book opens easily and lies open flat without having to press down on it. There are many black/white photos, but also dualtone photos and color photos.
I usually do not endorse or praise any products, but with this one (and the whole series) I do. It is definitely worth the price.
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I really enjoy the other books in this series, and like them, this book has many striking photos.
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