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The Art of Nude Photography [Hardcover]

Jeff Dunas , Pascal Baetens
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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books (1 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817433155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817433154
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 25.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,784,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Published under the title "Allegro Sensible" in Germany, "The Art of Nude Photography" presents over 160 duotone images of sensuous and sublime female nudes by up-and-coming photographer, Pascal Baetens. According to photographer Jeff Dunas, "Baetens work reveals energy, a discipline, and a love of his subject. Baeten's photography has that essential "something"- you either have it or you don't. You can't learn it. That special "something" is the ability to truly reach your subject - create a vision, and have complete complicity with the object you are photographing".

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art ; no debate 19 Feb 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I bought the German version of this book ('Allegro Sensible') and was immediately captivated. The title may suggest this is a 'how to' instructional book, but it is actually a collection of beautiful b/w female nudes, mostly outdoor. The forward by Jeff Dunas praises the ability of Baetens, but doesn't mention that Baetens work is of a much higher calibre and definite artistry than that of Dunas himself !
If you like artistic nudes, you should buy this. It is simply stunning, and I will be buying 'the Fragile Touch' by Baetens as soon as I can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Erudite Study of Form and Light 14 Dec 2008
Format:Hardcover
This is a big, beautiful book, full of imagery so breathtaking that one has to slow down to take it all in. Its dimensions are a burgeoning 13x10" and its 144 pages are packed full with exquisite duotones. The forward is written by none other than the great Jeff Dunas, a master photographer who sees amazing things in store for the young Pascal Baetens.

Perhaps not since Jeanloup Sieff was in his prime has a major photographer so astutely mastered the integration his nude subject with its immediate environment, whether it be a room in a house, nestled under a concrete bridge or even under the canopy of a great forest. Baeten's talent is glaringly obvious. The women he's used to create this body of work are not so much beautiful as they are interesting. This is not about glamour or fashion or even beauty - it is instead, an erudite study of form and light and symmetry, presented in a manner that is wholly and that of the artist. It is an electrifying achievement.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A knockout, plain and simple 5 Mar 2004
By Photopro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Not many people know the name Pascal Baetens. But they will in a very short time. This photographer is fast on his way to making a huge dent in the world of nude photography.
This is his second monograph, depicting several models in wonderful poses with beautiful settings and lighting. Baetens has a little bit of everything with this series. Usually when you look at a monograph of an artists work, there is a main theme that sticks throughout the book, ie. erotica, figure studies, etc., But Baetens mixes it up, showing his talent of photographing the nude in all ways.
The figure studies in this book are incredible. Close, nicely shadowed and extremely fine grained. Then his location shots, of his models in the woods, on the road, and in corn fields take you away. He is able to shoot on location and make the focus of the photograph not just on the models, but on the landscapes around them.
This is a book that needs to be purchased by any lover of nude photography, or just photography in general. These photographs are beautiful and should be in all collections.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars very nice, but a little standard 19 Oct 2005
By John W. Knight - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
i would have to say that only about 25% of the images in this book really stand out. the other 75% remind me of anything a person could shoot with any camera. other than that the photographers chose nice looking models and photographed them well. a good coffee table book, but lacks everywhere else.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mediocre choice 21 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Do not waste your money on this book. Too many small photos only half filling the pages. The work is good, but the book layout is lame. Get something worth it's weight.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars photography at its best 4 Jan 2005
By mojo risin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was very impressed by this book. It is all done in black and white, which I found absolutely stunning. What impressed me most was the fact that you could take these beautiful models out of the picture and it would still be an increadible piece of art. However, the models in these photos are placed in such a way as to complement scenery they absorb themselves in, making a very captivating picture. There are trees, fields, lakes, even motor homes all artistically beatiful and provocative. I must get my hands on the rest of Pascal Baetens work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Erudite Study of Form and Light 14 Dec 2008
By Michelle7 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a big, beautiful book, full of imagery so breathtaking that one has to slow down to take it all in. Its dimensions are a burgeoning 13x10" and its 144 pages are packed full with exquisite duotones. The forward is written by none other than the great Jeff Dunas, a master photographer who sees amazing things in store for the young Pascal Baetens.

Perhaps not since Jeanloup Sieff was in his prime has a major photographer so astutely mastered the integration his nude subject with its immediate environment, whether it be a room in a house, nestled under a concrete bridge or even under the canopy of a great forest. Baeten's talent is glaringly obvious. The women he's used to create this body of work are not so much beautiful as they are interesting. This is not about glamour or fashion or even beauty - it is instead, an erudite study of form and light and symmetry, presented in a manner that is wholly and that of the artist. It is an electrifying achievement.
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