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Outrageous (Us Magazine) Hardcover – 15 Jul 1999


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (15 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312192843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312192846
  • Product Dimensions: 34 x 23.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,237,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Mar 1999
Outrageous is definitely one word for this book, others are: stunning, fabulous, amazing, need I go on? This lovely, large format book is a treat to look at and one to treasure for shots of everyone's favourite celebrities having fun with their images and looking downright gorgeous. Well worth it.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Aug 2004
Celebrities are often treated in photographs like gods and goddesses, beyond the pale and untouchable. The poses, postures, costumes, and compositions here are often just the opposite of what you would expect. As such, they reward your sense of humor and give you new dimensions of these personalities. The photographs are extremely well done in large sizes and are excellently reproduced. Top photographers like Mark Seliger, Isabel Snyder, and David LaChappelle provide most of the images.
I would particularly like to praise the design and composition work done on facing photographs. These are brilliantly complementary to each other, and enhance the combined experience enormously. I particularly commend the images of Julianne Moore licking a sabre-like knife next to Anthony Edwards with a Bowie knife, and Chris Farley and David Spender seeming to look at one another in adjacent photographs.
The unexpected comes in many forms. The book opens with Jennifer Aniston bare in black and white, yet coyly covered by her own body in the relevant strategic locations. Men pose in typical female "cheesecake" situations, with wetted-down shirts. There's cross-dressing galore. Drew Carey appears as a lion. With helpers and costumes, you get angels and devils. Tippi Hedron uses a snake like a feather boa. Nick Nolte echoes a famous photo pose often used by female stars of the 40's. Madonna plays with a fake mustache.
There are a few humorous essays, but they are almost beside the point. The images are the thing here. Seeing is believing . . . differently.
I found Leonardo di Caprio's face in the context of crowds and friends to be especially interesting. Other great face photos included Emma Thompson and Jack Nicholson.
Some of the photographs are hilariously . . . well, outrageous.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful! 11 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
A collection of gorgeous and often hilarious pictures of today's hottest celebrities, just about anybody you'd want to see in such a book: Drew Barrymore, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and many more. Perfect for anybody who loves celebrities.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Humorous, Sexy, Unexpected Poses of Popular Icons 24 Dec 2000
By Donald Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Celebrities are often treated in photographs like gods and goddesses, beyond the pale and untouchable. The poses, postures, costumes, and compositions here are often just the opposite of what you would expect. As such, they reward your sense of humor and give you new dimensions of these personalities. The photographs are extremely well done in large sizes and are excellently reproduced. Top photographers like Mark Seliger, Isabel Snyder, and David LaChappelle provide most of the images.
I would particularly like to praise the design and composition work done on facing photographs. These are brilliantly complementary to each other, and enhance the combined experience enormously. I particularly commend the images of Julianne Moore licking a sabre-like knife next to Anthony Edwards with a Bowie knife, and Chris Farley and David Spender seeming to look at one another in adjacent photographs.
The unexpected comes in many forms. The book opens with Jennifer Aniston bare in black and white, yet coyly covered by her own body in the relevant strategic locations. Men pose in typical female "cheesecake" situations, with wetted-down shirts. There's cross-dressing galore. Drew Carey appears as a lion. With helpers and costumes, you get angels and devils. Tippi Hedron uses a snake like a feather boa. Nick Nolte echoes a famous photo pose often used by female stars of the 40's. Madonna plays with a fake mustache.
There are a few humorous essays, but they are almost beside the point. The images are the thing here. Seeing is believing . . . differently.
I found Leonardo di Caprio's face in the context of crowds and friends to be especially interesting. Other great face photos included Emma Thompson and Jack Nicholson.
Some of the photographs are hilariously . . . well, outgrageous. My favorite is Kirstie Alley with two pink balloons held up to her chest like, well, you know what. She pulls on the knot on one of them.
To appreciate the work in this great volume, I suggest you get out a Polaroid camera and practice mugging with a friend or family member to see what you can do to create your own versions of the unexpected.
Use the outrageous to get in touch with what you normally keep submerged.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
One spot left on the coffee table 14 May 2000
By Paul M. Varga - Published on Amazon.com
I wrote a review about the first US magazine photo book, CRAZYSEXYCOOL, so I thought I'd better write one for this one too. :)
Like the first book, I bought this book not only for the awesome photographs but for autograph collecting purposes also.
The photo of Richard Gere in this one makes up for the microscopic one of him in the first book.
They put alot more new actors and actresses in this one which is cool (Giovanni Ribisi, Parker Posey, Katie Holmes).
My favorite male shot would be Benjamin Bratt.
My favorite female shot would be the 2 pager of Sarah Michelle Geller (something about fishnet stockings on a beautiful woman).
A little overdone on the Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman shots, but overall an excellent celebrity photo book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Purely for fun 11 July 2001
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Asked to give my opinion on this book by a reader of these reviews, I obtained the book and "read" it. There really is very little to read....more magazine copy to titillate and keep the romp through these photos of contemporary pop icons rolling. Actually, once past the fact that this is not a serious message book or startle book or pretentiously arty book, this is a fun collection of stars having a campy hoot of a time. The photography isn't always that great, but the mood is. Definitely fluff category stuff, but fun at that!
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