The Mammoth Book of New Erotic Photography (Mammoth Books) Paperback – 30 Sep 2010
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A collection featuring the work of over 70 of the world's leading erotica photographers.
About the Author
Maxim Jakubowski is a London-based novelist and editor. He was born in the UK and educated in France. Following a career in book publishing, he opened the world-famous Murder One bookshop in London in 1988 and has since combined running it, now online, with his writing and editing career. He has edited a series of 15 bestselling erotic anthologies and two books of erotic photography, as well as many acclaimed crime collections. In 2006 he published American Casanova, a major erotic novel which he edited and on which 15 of the top erotic writers in the world collaborated, and his collected erotic short stories as Fools for Lust. He compiles two acclaimed annual series for the Mammoth list: Best New Erotica and Best British Crime. He is a winner of the Anthony and the Karel Awards, a frequent TV and radio broadcaster, crime columnist for the Guardian newspaper and Literary Director of London's Crime Scene Festival.
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I'm new to the photography world so I don't really know any photographers or have any favourites. So from that perspective,I think this is a great book. Even though I've not liked all the submissions in there, I still rate it as it's exposed me to a broad range of photographers and their various styles and I'm starting to learn what I like.
The theme is erotica - and many of the poses are quite unusual. The idea is to stimulate thought and imagination, to arose the intellect (not just the body). Yet many of these images are also physically arousing. However, there is nothing pornographic about this book. Its content is adult-oriented, but not explicit.
It's a collection of photos by several different photographers - aimed at presenting some of the best examples of erotica. It's a glossy publication, and presets itself nicely. Yet, its cover is perhaps a little too thin (as it tends to bend and curl-up unless pressed flat). And because the book is so think, its spine has a slight tendency to crack. But these issues do not detract from the quality of the photos.
However this seems is counterbalanced by the relatively cheap price.
What I liked about this book is that it does not try to be a 'Jack of all trades and a master of none'. If you are looking to learn about lighting techniques, rule of thirds and composition, then this book is not for you. There are other books on the market that cover these topic.
The only good photographers I could find in the book were female photographers, although not all of them are great either.
I particularly liked the female photographers Elisa Lazo de Valdez, Valeria Lazareva and Soukizy.
Most (a few good exceptions) of the male photographers seem to be more focused on the experience they might be having of photographing these women and less focused on making good artistic photography. I think they must get sidetracked or blinded by the nudity and can't see passed it - thinking that a beautiful naked woman is enough to make a good photograph. In my opinion, it's not enough.
So if you are looking for a good photography book, look elsewhere. If you are simply looking for naked women, look no further!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some good contemporary photographs by some outstanding photographers. Lighting, composition and content lead to some, but not all, erotic images. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Richard
The best part of this purchase was the packaging it arrived in. The book is neither artistic nor erotic. Tawdry is the only work I can use to describe this publication. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Historyboy