- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: Heureka Productions (January 15, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0973027010
- ISBN-13: 978-0973027013
- Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.2 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,220,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Spirit of Lady Godiva
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A delightfully whimsical look at what might be, if only society lost its unease with the human body. -- Going Natural, Vol. 17, No. 4 (Winter 2002-03)
Its sheer size makes the price well within the norm for books of photography. --Nude & Natural, Vol. 22, Issue 2 (Winter 2002)
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This leather-bound edition is limited in quantity. After the existing stock is gone, the leather edition will not be reprinted. --This text refers to the Bonded Leather edition.
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What makes The Spirit of Lady Godiva different than most shots of nudes is that, unlike Spencer Tunick--who populates his shots with nothing but nudes--Harvey puts his nudes among clothed people in everyday settings. And, because he does this, it looks as though the nudes belong there--sort of in an alternate universe--where clothed and nude people can exist side-by-side.
Some of the plates are amazing. You wonder how he managed to pull it off. One of my favorites is one Harvey calls where's Nudo? In it, he's interspersed six different nude people in the crowd at an art fair packed with people--outstanding! Harvey has taken his photos in Ann Arbor, Chelsea and Detroit, Michigan; New Orleans, Louisiana; Albuquerque, new Mexico; Los Angeles and San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; Madison, Wisconsin; New York, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Austin, Texas.
My only quibble bout Harvey's work is because of his shooting style--stop, drop, and shoot. He has his models get ready, whip off their clothes, and then he shoots. In some shots, when the model is in a particularly busy or vulnerable location, you can see his or her clothes lying at his or her feet. I feel that this causes the shot to lose its natural "feel." This isn't evident in all of them, thankfully.
I highly recommend The Spirit of Lady Godiva. It's one of those great coffee table art books that's also a great conversation starter. It's chock full of 127 plates (and one bonus plate for the limited edition). As you look at the photos, and read Harvey's sometimes tongue-in-cheek comments, you'll wonder why our country's cities and towns have so little room for the occasional nude body, since they seem to fit in so well.
From the standpoint of a photographer, or someone interested in photography, you will probably be disappointed. The work is very armature. The images tend to be very poorly exposed, lack good contrast and without the best composition. The idea is good, but the execution is lacking. He needs to take a basic photography class. He self published his book. Get a chance to look at it before you buy it, if you like it, good for you, otherwise beware, it's all about nudity and not about photography.