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Marketa Hardcover – 15 Apr 2006
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Petter Hegre has made a name for himself in crafting huge bodies of work around a single subject (see his books "Luba" and "My Wife") and if anyone was up to the task of capturing the magical qualities of Markéta it was certainly him. Both Petter and Markéta have succeeded in crafting a flawless collection of nudes here. Petter's photography is impeccable and his level of creativity and style is paramount. Every picture is composed perfectly and rendered in thrilling, vibrant color, In fact, the only flaw in this massive body of work, is that it's almost too perfect - there is little sense of spontaneity. Nothing seems accidental. But even with this shortcoming, if it could be called that, "Markéta" is 127 pages of pure bliss that none of her fans will want to miss.
However this book is not this ultimate work in nude photography that it could have been.
Very nice but nothing more.
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So, if I am to be concise (and a bit mathematical :) :
Gorgeous model + one of the greatest contemporary photographers = A book you must have!
Although lingerie occasionally adorns Markéta, most of the imagery shows Markéta wearing only herself. Whether indoors or out, in studio or boudoir, wet or wild, she wears it well. One slightly unusual feature of this charming young lady kept attracting my attention: she's an all-over blonde, so her one patch of body hair doesn't contrast against her uniform tan very much at all. Still, it clothes her almost as well as a darker bush would. As a result some pictures almost seem to have had genital details airbrushed out. That hasn't happened, of course, it's just her natural coverage at work, but it presents an ongoing surprise throughout this collection.
This, like other of Hegre's collections, offers a simple tribute to physical beauty. That's easy to like, but misses opportunities for deeper exploration of mood, composition, or erotic potential. These photos are lovely, but that's all - just lovely.