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Natural Beauty: Farber Nudes Hardcover – January 1, 2003
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About the Author
Robert Farber is one of the world's foremost photographers of fashions and nudes. His work has appeared in major magazines and newspapers worldwide and won several awards, and he has lectured throughout Europe and the USA.
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Robert also shows form in his images, something hard to find even in photographs. Robert knows how to capture the viewer with his images, and he does this with not just his framing, but taking into account all the technical aspects involved in photography. He thinks like the film thinks, he sees like the film sees, he feels the light--a true master.
I was also impressed in the types of film and camera formats he used in this book, from AFGAchrome film to Polapan and even negative color film. Robert used 35mm, my favorite Contax for medium format and even Minox. His use of light, from strobe, tungsten to existing light reinforces the viewer with his mastery of light. I own this and other Farber books--and this is a must have of any Farber collection. ...
This book is a large collection of his work in nude photography throughout his years in photography. Each plate in this book has its own feel and meaning, drawing the viewer into his work even more. It is no wonder that Farbers works are displayed in permanent collections around the world.
The book is beautifully published on thick warm toned paper, which is perfect for displaying his work, do to the fact that these reproductions are about as close as you can get to the real thing.
The book does not display just nudes either. Scattered throughout the book are chrome shots of landscapes and portraits of flowers as well, hence the name "Natural Beauty". Every page in this book is a wonder. Once you get to the back, a small index of each photo is displayed with text by Farber on how he went about making each and every photo in the book. This is great because you really get to see how he goes about his creative process.
This is a great coffee table Monograph of beautiful photographs that cannot be passed up. This is a very important monograph that all photographers and collectors alike should have. Not many photographers are able to mimic Farbers style, other than the legend David Hamilton and the newcomer Richard Murrian, which makes the works in the book stand out like no other.
Many of the images simply, almost abstractly express the elegance of the human shape. Some (83 and especially 49) examine the whole woman. A large number are faceless, sometimes captured from behind (6, 66) but more often cropped (13). Even the arms and legs of the model (39, 63) or group (40, 45) may be cropped, leaving only the elegance of the torso. I find something unsettling in these pictures - the anonymous intimacy, but also something I have no good word for. What's the opposite of "disembodied," when only the body is left?
One thing about this collection works badly for me: Farber's fondness for graininess or blur. I like the informal sense of having escaped from a razor-edged world, but the degree and frequency of grain and blur suit an esthetic that I lack. So, on the whole, I come away from this collection with a mixed sense. I enjoy much of it, and big parts of many individual works. Much of it does little for me, though.