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Nothing Obvious [Hardcover]

Ornela Vorpsi

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Ornela Vorpsi has made use of photography and new media to create a collection of black and white and colour images that reflect experiences of interior spaces as seen from the outside.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A different view 18 Mar 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is a brilliant collections of female nudes from a non-traditional perspective. The photographer does not fall into the usual traps of "the body as sculpture" or as a sexual object on display. These images are not intended for male voyeurs, but are more a reflection of how women actually are and how they inhabit there own bodies. If you're looking for Richard Farber or David Hamilton, this is not the book for you. If you are interested in exploring a vision that does not pander to sexuality, but simply acknowledges it, this is an excellent place to start.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars portraits and self-portraits 20 Mar 2002
By brenda - Published on Amazon.com
I'll borrow this essay written by Gianni Romano for Zoom magazine, it was helpful to me: "How can we but agree with Ornela Vorpsi: nothing's obvious anymore. The relentless search for new ideas should probably not be associated with the fine arts, and even photography at this point - like the more traditional media - continues to surprise us with its ideas rather than any technical advances. It is here that we must begin our renewed search for beauty, the one we had lost sight of among the pixels that inundate our daily lives.
Born in Tirana, Albania, in 1968, Ornela Vorpsi studied art at the Brera Academy in Milan before making her home in Paris. Her first monograph Nothing Obvious, published by Scalo, is one of those books which seems destined from its first edition to find a place on contemporary photography's shelf of top hits, in company with Richard Billingham's Ray's a Laugh and Martin Parr's Boring Postcards.
Nothing Obvious is a book of female portraits and self-portraits. In most of the images the women are seen alone and in empty spaces that are between being interior or exterior, memory or substance. The models are not professionals but simply friends of the photographer, friends who are presented as "badges" of personal experience rather than objects for study. There is, in fact, nothing in any way passive about their poses: the girls are the protagonists of their own spaces, and in spite of their being nude, we are unable to observe them with a seductive eye. Although the images are not without a certain sensuality, they provoke more than anything thoughts of one's own past experiences, as is the case with Francesca Woodman's work as well."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ornela vorpsi 3 Sep 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
nothing obvious of ornela vorpsi is a great book. this kind of picture is really rare. the emotion of this picture brings you closer to woodman's photography even in complitely different language.
the images are denseand strong. she is a real artist!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed.... 24 Oct 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't written a review on any of the books I have bought from amazon, but this book deserves it. I saw no artist value in this book. The pictures look like they were taken from a digital camera from 1992 - terrible. The lighting is uninspired as are the subjects.
1.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing! 23 May 2014
By Roma - Published on Amazon.com
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Thought this would be a great book. I was very disappointed in the quality of the work. Really not up to standards.
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