This book is large format and ring bound, (al la Madonna's Sex,) and is printed on reasonable quality paper. Sadly the pictures are disappointing. The subjects are all fairly attractive looking people, but on the whole are photographed on their own or at most in couples. The feel of a naturist location is generally not present. Many of the pictures are also of the same half dozen or so people. The overall feel is of someones holiday snaps, blown up large. For what purports to be an artistic representation of naturists and the naturist lifestyle this is disappointing at best.
on 22 December 2001
Dieter Nagel is a respected sports photographer, and took these photographs on beaches on the North Sea and Baltic Sea, and in lakes and campsites in Germany. All are spontaneous; all are of attractive young people, mostly female. That the naked female body is inherently attractive is proved by its abundant portrayal in art. This book is another, and very welcome, example of how it can be done, and done well. It is not easy to present a volume of photographs of naked people in an non-sexual way but Nagel succeeds triumphantly in portraying the pleasure of communal nudity in natural surroundings.
on 16 December 2008
The first thing one notices when reviewing Public Nudists is how big it is. Oversized and thick it is a huge book of color photography that perhaps mimics the grandiose nature of its subject matter. Documenting the activities of avid nudists, Dieter Nagel has created what might be the ultimate tribute to naturism and it's healthy, wholesome lifestyle. His festive use of color accentuates the carnival-like atmosphere that pervades much of the work. It's great fun (especially noteworthy are the portraits of couples).
At the beach and other natural settings, nudists are captured playing volleyball, playing croquet, jumping, leaping, swimming, and engaged in numerous other activities. Anyone who appreciates this lifestyle or the human body in general will love this book.