“Shaven Nudists” is art and Dieter Nagel is an artist. If you appreciate beauty and the aesthetic delights of the natural human body, you will like this book. Of course, all is dependant on perspective - some, no doubt, will see this collection of photos as smut; others will enjoy it for what it is designed to be, an honest exploration of uncovered beauty. Don’t expect to be bowled over by pretension or disgusted by sleaze. The title of the book basically describes its content: mainly female subjects are featured, but men are not forgotten. At no instance, in my mind, are the depictions explicit enough so as to cause real offence. Indeed, the photos are variously innocent, fun, naturally erotic and, always, honest. Honesty, that is a focus of this book. Honestly, it is a beautiful edition.
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