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Colors of Sex Hardcover – 30 Apr 2006

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  • Hardcover: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Bucher-Lounge; Bilingual edition (30 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3765860077
  • ISBN-13: 978-3765860072
  • Product Dimensions: 30.3 x 24.5 x 2.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,431,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erotic photography of Thomas Karsten

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Lots of color, not so much sex 21 April 2007
By wiredweird - Published on Amazon.com
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Karsten's past work includes some of the most beatiful black and white figure photography I know, and the most respectful and elegant tributes to women's sexuality. I've been eager for this new collection of his remarkable work.

Color creates a whole new feel to his work. A minor theme is the color of the model herself - although European coloring predominates, several darker skin tones appear as well. Bravo! Beauty has many faces, and I enjoy the whole spectrum of them. Karsten also displays color applied to the models, with occasional body paint (which I found added little), exotic hair coloring (as on the cover), and frequent tattoos.

Karsten's big exploration of color comes from the scenes and settings for the models. Bold blue skies, orange-red brick, scarlet scarves, greens, reds, purples - one or two colors command each image. He's burst out of his B&W history and into hues that seem to pop off the page. In the end, though, the crashing chromatics (including a kinky moment with a bright red fish) really just set off the subtler hues of the models themselves.

They're beautiful, as Karsten has led me to expect, and often outside the narrow conventions that so many apply to beauty. He brings out the unique grace and gawkiness of each one, lovingly and in intimate detail. (This isn't a collection for anyone shy about genital details.) He also captures moments of physical closeness, play, and arousal of a woman or between women. Karsten's affection for the models comes through clearly in these images, often bold but never crude.

This book is far more of a visual study, less somatic than Days of Intimacy for example. It lacks the clear erotic center of some of his earlier work, a possible letdown for some readers. Sensuality is there, but some of it has shifted to other senses. "Colors" has all the warmth of his earlier books, and is still easy to enjoy. Go ahead - enjoy it!

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