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Women of All Sorts Hardcover – 6 Mar 2008


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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: SECRET MAGAZINE; First Edition edition (6 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 908077068X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9080770683
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 1.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,176,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Michelle7 on 15 May 2008
This is a exquisite production from French photographer Stefan De Lay that perfectly showcases the beauty that is black & white photography. The nude women aren't bad either, and there are lots of them. Working with a Hasselblad 500 CM he showcases a variety of work completed with some extremely beautiful women, that he has crafted over the last several years. Each photograph is a square image, much like the dimensions of the book itself, which lends to a wonderful flow from one image to the next.

Although the attractive qualities of the female subjects are the core of this work, De Lay touches on numerous themes throughout, including light bondage, fetishism, and erotica. But the essential element is the beauty of the subjects themselves. His interesting composition and lush tones surround each in a magnificent vision.

De Lay has has dedicated this book to the memory of the great French photographer Jeanloup Sieff, and it is easy to see his influence here. De Lay just might be the perfect candidate to continue Sieff's glorious tradition of fine art nude photography.
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By Enjaio on 13 Feb. 2011
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A bit hit and miss. Too much shaving and waxing. Three stars is really two too many. There are only a few images where the light and shadow off female flesh and hair produce a striking result. Doesn't give the impression of a successfully relaxed collaboration between the models and the photographer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Puzzling book 19 Jan. 2009
By David Jimenez - Published on Amazon.com
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I am puzzle about this book. when I first opened it, I actually was a bit disappointed. The first thirty pages or so are 60% quite unremarkable. All the models are beautiful, but most of the first photographs are, tasteless, not really as stylish as I would like them to be, and without any real artistic feeling. Nevertheless after that it catches up, and the rest is much more likable, and some, really artistic.

Why four and not five stars? Well, first for that ambiguity. Second, the tittle is TERRIBLY misleading. It's obvious that all this women are professional models. Besides, all but six photographies are those of Caucasian skinny women, size zero to at most four in their twenties. From the six that break the monotony, one is a fully clothed black woman greeting you with her middle finger (the only non Caucasian is not a nude), two are portraits of relatively older women, but still quite attractive (late thirties or early forties), and the other three are pictures of Caucasian women in their twenties, quite fit and obviously professional models, but, at the time, they were obviously pregnant (somewhere in the second trimester, would be my guess).

Being named "Women of All Sorts" I expected to find more variety in age, race, size and ways of life.

Still, as I said, it's worth the money!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful B&W Art Nudes 15 May 2008
By Michelle7 - Published on Amazon.com
This is a exquisite production from French photographer Stefan De Lay that perfectly showcases the beauty that is black & white photography. The nude women aren't bad either, and there are lots of them. Working with a Hasselblad 500 CM he showcases a variety of work completed with some extremely beautiful women, that he has crafted over the last several years. Each photograph is a square image, much like the dimensions of the book itself, which lends to a wonderful flow from one image to the next.

Although the attractive qualities of the female subjects are the core of this work, De Lay touches on numerous themes throughout, including light bondage, fetishism, and erotica. But the essential element is the beauty of the subjects themselves. His interesting composition and lush tones surround each in a magnificent vision.

De Lay has has dedicated this book to the memory of the great French photographer Jeanloup Sieff, and it is easy to see his influence here. De Lay just might be the perfect candidate to continue Sieff's glorious tradition of fine art nude photography.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not all sorts, really 31 July 2009
By wiredweird - Published on Amazon.com
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The sort that appears here is young, slender (except a maternity picture or two), and European in features and coloring, with the exception of Magda. It's a sort that's easy to enjoy, even if it doesn't cover the range promised by the title.

These B&W photos show a variety of settings, indoor, outdoor, and studio, creating a wide range of moods. Many of the photos emphasis tottery heels, playtime lingerie, or fetish elements that I find un-necessary. My tastes run more toward the images that rely on the native charm and drama of the model herself, rather than the fantasy she enacts. Fortunately, De Lay includes plenty of those shots. A few even bring Helmut Newton to mind, especially in the picture-pairs of a model with/without clothing or other ornament.

I enjoy this collection and I look forward to coming back to it, but I can't call it a must-have for any collection.

-- wiredweird
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