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Naked New York Paperback – 17 Apr 1997
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About the Author
Greg Friedler is a commercial and fine-art photographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Nerve, and The New Nude. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
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Much of the commentary in the reviews has been to the effect that his book is so intriguing because his subjects are so unsexy and unattractive. On that point, I beg to differ. There is something about the vulnerability of his subjects and the amazing varieties of bodies and shapes that is very attractive. I think Friedler underscores this point by including a photo of a porno actress whose silcone manufactured, "ideal" breasts come across as looking ugly and alien in a sea of naturalness. I think Friedler celebrates the beauty of all people, if we would just care to look.
Also, many of the reviews seem to equate nudity with the truth of who a person really is, as does Friedler in his preface. Although I agree that this is one sort of "truth" of a person, I think the truth of a person goes beyond the accident of their body shape and appearance and also exists somewhere within them.
For example, the photo of the young botonist comes to mind. I think her "truth" comes somewhere between the drab sexlessness of her clothes and the startling image of her sheer voluptousness when naked. Is it her scientific mind or her body that is her "truth?" Nudity is not the whole truth by any means...
In any event, I think just about anyone would benefit from seeing this book, expecially in our perfect body/clothing compulsive culture. I plan on leaving this book on the coffee table. I think it would be really interesting to see how other people would react to its sheer humanity
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Greg seems a photographer and a story teller in one. His stark and thought-prevoking images make you feel better, yet a bit bothered, all at once. Read morePublished on 16 April 1999