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Naked London Paperback – 24 Mar 2000


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co. (24 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393320294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393320299
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 24.1 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,305,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's all very well seeing Naked New York and Naked Los Angeles, but Naked London? Puh-leese. As the world knows, the Brits are born with every button buttoned, never happier than when every extremity's covered (gloves, goloshes, balaclava) And that's what everyone told Greg Friedler as he was pondering the wisdom of trying out his bestselling US gimmick here. But Friedler found his naked people--about 70 of them, of all ages and all occupations (including, wonderfully, "Lap Dancing Entrepreneur")--and no doubt Naked London will find its audience.

The format is simple and unchanging. A person is photographed in their everyday clothing, in front of the blandest of settings. Then they're photographed there again, naked. The two pictures are put side by side, above a caption that gives merely an occupational description and an age. According to Friedler these are "naked" people rather than "nude" figures--he's looking for a truth that he doesn't find in fashion photography, erotica or pornography. Some may disagree--it's possible to find his nameless subjects both alienated and alienating--but there's no question that he does force the viewer to rethink their notion of nakedness. And in his introduction, there's an outsider's pertinent insight into that particular British hypocrisy that bans hardcore pornography while plastering its tabloids with topless models. --Alan Stewart


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jun. 2000
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Those expecting titilation or erotic nude images from Greg Friedler will be disappointed! Once again he displays the nude male and female with an amazing blandness that its almost compulsive to want to look at every one of his subjects. The young, the old, the fat, the thin, the beautiful, the ugly are all represented, in black and white, both dressed and undressed. What do you look at first? The face? the breasts? The penis? Yes you are a voyeur.....and yes you've been invited to look....so look! If you've seen the documentary about the book it will give you an insight into why these people want to been seen naked....if not you can make up your own mind....and maybe the book helps shrug off the idea that the British are prudes.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Nov. 2003
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Brings the naked form to a common denominator. Great to see people of all shapes sizes and age groups participating rather then the 'standard pouting blonde'. A worthy addition to a great series of books.
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I was one of those featured in this book and also appeared in the documentary. I was delighted with the end result and pleased at the reviews that the book received. From my own perspective, what I found most strange was seeing myself naked in black and white. I was looking at myself in an almost abstract way. I was intrigued also as it really looked as if I was made up from two different people. The head seemed to belong to someone ten or twenty years older then the rest of the body.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Naked London 25 Nov. 2000
By Liz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love this book. I think it's honest, brave, intelligent yet funny. Very stark and painfully real. Highly recomend it to fellow Brits.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
interesting 5 Sept. 2001
By steve - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
greg has done it again with his third 'naked' book. its interesting to see and compare the body types of the different cities and now we have an different country in which to compare. i hope that this photographer will continue with this series and give us more naked cities.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Last of the Series? 17 Jan. 2002
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This is the last of a series of three of these books. While it is no better or worse than the other two, it was the first to become out of print. I have all three. They are very well done, very professional and very novel. People I know seem to gravitate toward them.
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Very interesting 12 April 2002
By Peter J. Storms - Published on Amazon.com
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A lot of people would think this is quite a boring book, but I found it fascinating to see how much clothing changes someone's appearance. It just reinforces the idea that we're all naked under our clothes.
Naked London 25 Nov. 2000
By Liz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love this book. I think it's honest, brave, intelligent yet funny. Very stark and painfully real. Highly recomend it to fellow Brits.
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