on 12 December 1999
I came across this book by accident - opened it and ended up buying three copies for friends and myself! A huge interest in photography is not a must but this book clearly contains some of the most beautiful, touching, and provocative photography around. You'll open it time and time again. This is photograpy at it's best and most expressive. Art Book of the Year!
on 8 February 2001
Like Ewing's earlier collection, The Body (1994), it is almost impossible to read this book without wanting to find out more about the individual artists selected. It may even make you pick up that camera again. The style and presentation is almost identical to The Body: the images are mostly b/w, excellently printed. The arrangement is by theme, although works by individual artists are usually presented together. Some images are explicit, but this is not, like Richard Kern's Model Release, a collection of almost exclusively pornographic or erotic images. What it contains is a genuine cross-section of images surrounding its theme, some extreme, some disturbing, some sensitive, and some moving. The selection is reasoned and analytical. There are some surprises - such as how explicit Victorian pornography could be. This is a collection that should be on the shelf of anyone interested in photography or the presentation of people in art. It is suitable for scholars and those whose interest is more casual. It is suitable, in my opinion, for older teenagers, but the explicit content may cause some parents to disagree with that assessment. Excellent.