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more beautiful than useful
on 1 November 2009
I would have found this book more useful if each photograph related to detailed drawings of what was going on underneath in terms of bone and muscle. The hand drawn sketches seem to me to be more a demonstration of the artist's skill and style than a useful depiction of the skeleton. Likewise the photos are more a celebration of the beautiful bodies they portray and the photographer's skill. The overlays are a novel gimmick but unnecessary. I would have liked photographed examples of ordinary bodies, with related muscle and bone drawings next to them. On a practical level it is very heavy in the hardback form, and would need a lot of manhandling if used for reference as the pages don't stay flat.
Sadly I have never used this book for reference, because of these limitations. It is a very attractive coffee table book, but I don't have a coffee table.