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Roberto Bolle: An Athlete in Tights Hardcover – December 20, 2009
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I went wrong.
The book is a 10-page editorial spread spread over 192 pages. It's filled with variations on the same stock Weber images we've seen for the last 30 years - shockingly, the only thing that's missing from the book is the ubiquitous golden retriever.
There's only one killer image in the book and then Bruce goes and dilutes its impact by running the B Version of the shot on the very next page - stunning.
The book has Bruce's tired (at this point in his career) musings and is scattered with unrelated photos that add nothing to the larger presentation. I guess Bruce thinks it looks cool but it's simply pretentious.
It's sad that, at this point in Bruce's amazing career, he can spend three years shooting this guy and come up with such a lame and derivative group of photos that tell me basically nothing about the guy.
Roberto is attractive yet somehow his sex appeal is completely bloodless. Yes, there are some nude shots but even those are perfunctory and about as sexy as Alice Ghostly on "Bewitched". In addition, surprisingly there isn't a single frontal nude shot in the entire book. All the frontal shots (if you can really call them that) have his leg or some object strategically placed to obscure the weinage. Europeans are always lecturing Americans about how uptight we are about nudity yet this Italian dancer appears to be as uptight as someone from Cleveland.
Bruce obviously has great talent but I suspect he's surrounded by people who tell him he's fabulous and no one has the guts (or the taste) to tell him: "Hey Bruce, the pictures suck." If there had been, he'd still be working on this book and teNeues wouldn't have foolishly chosen to publish it.
Yes,the book may lack in sex appeal. However to me personaly sex appeal is not essential to be asbolutely stunning and beautiful man, and that Roberto Bolle is. Some pictures are set in Naples, a few of Roberto as a child on stage, a few man to man photos on the beach. Others with women which are more dance oriented. I was actually afraid when after I read a number of reviews where people had expressed their dissapointment that made me regretfull of my purchase. Upon recieving the book I was relieved as I did enjoy the book from front to back and was worth my money. I'm not very familiar with Bruce Weber's work so keep that in mind when judging my appreciation of the book. If you're a major fan of Roberto Bolle'a god like body, purchase the book. If you're a fan of Bruce Weber's work than this book might be dissapointing.
I find him the Ansel Adams of the human form. While he does work in color, I find his black & white work excellent. In black & white he is able to communicate a depth not present in his color work. He communicates with the subject and thus, communicates about the subject. Amazing.
The primary subject in this book is Roberto Bolles. You are introduced by way of some images of athletes. These try to prepare you for Roberto. However, in my book (pun intended), Roberto, through his years of work, has crafted an amazing dancer's body. Looking upon this dancer's body you feel as if you are looking upon an angel communicating with heaven - it's other worldly. Amazing
I can hardly wait for the DVD. <jk> ;-)~
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Like all of Bruce Weber's books, I love it and hate it. Mostly black and white full page photos of Roberto Bolle, (I think) the greatest male ballet dancer of our time. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sam J.
Once upon a time, there were these little two Russian boys, that taught us mere mortals to love ballet... They were Nureyev and Barishnikov! Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by Jose Carvalho
I am glad that I finally decided to purchase this book. I wanted to do it long time ago. And (unfortunately) read some reviews that are posted here on Amazon. Read morePublished on September 15, 2012 by Andre A.
ROBERTO BOLLE: AN ATHLETE IN TIGHTS is a three year collaboration between photographer Bruce Weber and ballet start Roberto Bolle. Read morePublished on December 6, 2010 by Grady Harp