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My Nude Hardcover – September 15, 2007
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Some nit-picks I have are:
*The models' names aren't given on the photo page, However, you can get them from the back of the book.
* A couple photos are spread across 2 pages that split the model on the seam in a bad way visually. This is a pet peave of mine - don't split the main focal point on a seam!
I found a few trends here, all of which I liked. One trend I'll call the "scuptural." As on the cover photo, it uses all the flexibility of a superb athlete to align the vectors of a body's parts in ways that bring something new to the viewer. Muller (p.16), Schulz (p.44), and Doring (p.77) all capture camera angle and human figure in ways that cast beauty at the viewer long before they offer structural logic. Others, including Garbe (p.101) and Koltgen (p.27), create utterly literal abstractions from the play of curve and light. My favorites, though are just fun. Seeing a lady simply happy in herself (pp.15, 23, 64) or offering her physical presence as a statement of boldness (pp. 51, 32) carries a spirit that I find lovely.
As happens so often, the figures are all except one or two slim, twenty-ish, and Anglo in feature and figure. Don't get me wrong, they're beautiful (or at least pretty). I just want to know where all the other ladies went - and, whatever color, age, and shape, who the woman is inside the figure. That's just me wishing the book was different than it is, though. What it is offers visions from dozens of artists in appealing, un-challenging ways to see the female figure. The little bit of tie-me-up fetish stuff is ignorable, the rest is glorious.
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Truth be told, there's nothing in this book that one could consider cutting edge or innovative. However, this photographer does offer is a sharp eye for combining beautiful poses... Read morePublished on November 8, 2009 by Michael Sykes
If you appreciate art and not porn pawned off as art this is the book for you. This was an artist's rendering of the zenith of the female body. Read morePublished on October 30, 2009 by C. Winston
My Nude (Photography)
The standard of photographs was very high and the book was well bound.
There is a good variety of styles in both colour and B&W. Read more
I think there are a lot of books on the subject matter better than this one. The images are competent, but not particularly inspirational. Read morePublished on October 27, 2008 by JackOfMostTrades