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Purienne [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Henrik Purienne

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30 April 2013
'What is an average day like for Henrik Purienne?' an interviewer once asked. 'I wouldn't know,' the South African photographer replied. Unless, of course, average can be defined as hedonistic, sun-drenched, and beachside. Draped across a vintage car or unmade bed, rolling in the sand, or standing waist-high in an endless ocean, the subjects of Purienne's photographs convey a sexuality that's as nostalgic as it is au courant, at once innocent and sultry. The founder of Mirage Magazine, Purienne always seems to have his camera pointed away from real life and toward a fantasy of beautiful girls with nothing on their minds but fun, and even less on their bodies. However, paging through these stunning photographs, readers will appreciate Purienne's adroit staging and composition, his ingenious use of light, his impeccable styling - all the skills that have made him one of today's most sought-after fashion photographers.

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HENRIK PURIENNE started his career in photography by documenting his friends and girlfriends in South Africa. Today he moves between the worlds of art and commerce, fast becoming one of the most in-demand talents of his generation.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful images, terrible book design. 12 Jun 2013
By Pat T. - Published on Amazon.com
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Henrik Purienne's images are really easy to enjoy. Beautiful girls who all look like they've spent the day relaxing at the beach in various states of dress (or undress). Most of the photographs appear to be reproduced from recent issues of Mirage magazine, which Purienne is the creator of, or American Apparel campaigns that he shoots. Some of his best work from his archive (that I've seen on his website over the years) are missing and that's kind of disappointing. But my biggest issue with the book, which is bad enough that I would reduce 2-stars from my rating is that many of the layouts in the book are of vertical images printed as a two-page spread. So in a few cases, there's a photo of a woman's face, but the book's gutter runs right through the center of her face. It's not very good looking and simply having a vertical image laid out "sideways" so the book must be turned to view it is not a good decision. Another minor critique is that several pages are wasted on filler images that do not add anything to Purienne's purpose as a photographer. For instance, I don't think anyone who is a fan of Purienne's work is remotely interested in seeing a 2-page spread of an inflatable raft or a full page image of flamingos.
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrousing Content 8 Mar 2014
By chris - Published on Amazon.com
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Great photos by Henrik. Gorgeous women throughout. Solid book construction, feels expensive too. Coffee table looks nicer as a result.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice snap shot style photography of cute girls. 27 Feb 2014
By pixmaker - Published on Amazon.com
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This book deliver as a photo essay project for Mr. Purienne.
The image has a snap shot quality, in accord to the style of the photographer, which is wholly expected.
It meets my expectation and the layout art direction is simple but fits this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect coffee table book 22 July 2013
By Matt Galvin - Published on Amazon.com
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I have never had a photo book receive so much attention at my home. Everyone loves this book and cannot put it down. Beautifully shot (in film) and gorgeous women. Henrik truly has a gift.
5.0 out of 5 stars makes an excellent gift or coffee table book in adult family 10 July 2013
By Jocelyne Lachance - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent photography, novel ideas, was a gift that was really appreciated. Purchased a 2nd one as another gift for someone else.
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