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A Fascinating History of Changing Tastes...
on September 11, 2005
The female nude has been a favorite subject of photographers since the invention of the camera, and "Naked Women" is as much a statement of evolving tastes in photography, as what is defined as 'feminine beauty'. From the chubby, unabashedly provocative 19th century "French Postcard" prostitutes, who appear patently stagey and surprisingly innocent, today, a metamorphosis occurs over the years, as maturity, technological innovations, and changing mores redefines artistic goals, and this volume offers surprising, often fascinating, if sometimes disturbing definitions of the female form.
From stark, high contrast black and white to soft-focus color, from explorations of a nude in purely geometric terms, to images soft and personal, from the naive innocence of childhood to the surprising candor of age, this is a history that comes alive with each image. It is not a book for everyone; many images are not 'pretty pictures', but one must applaud Phil Braham for offering as comprehensive a one-volume history as is likely to be found.
It should be in every photographic enthusiast's collection!