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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (17 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393316467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393316469
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 1.3 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,646,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Friedler's photos stuck in my mind ever since I saw them in an underground mag a few years back. Needless to say, I was very excited when I found the book.
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
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Friedler shows to fine effect in this book the contrasts between our public and private selves. I really appreciated what the 30ish woman (a brunette mental health worker) had to say about her reasons for posing. Kudos to her! Granted this book speaks to the voyeur in each of us. But it also shows how liberating it is to be naked and proud.
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"Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves, will, in general, become of no more value than their dress." ---William Hazlitt. I agree that this is a fascinating and well done book, but I do not agree with the standard comparison of this book to a "road accident" or other "I shouldn't be looking at this..." sort of experiences. I, too, like the photographer, am fascinated by people and what makes them tick and how they live and, yes, what they look like... Including what they look like naked. Folks looking for some sort of erotic thrill will not likely find it herein. Folks looking for hot "model-perfect" bodies in the buff will also be disapointed. But those who are wondering, or have wondered who people are-- people they see or meet walking down the proverbrial street-- will find that this book provokes more questions than anything else. I want to know more about these folks, more than just the one or two word sentences on the jacket. What were they thinking before posing? Why did they pose in the first place? What statement to they make about themselves and their place in the world by posing clothed and nude? I quote the author from the intro: "I photographed each person clothed and naked in order to show the two sides of the same person, the public as well as the private. The clothed version, as they are seen every day in society, is only part of the truth." Similar to this idea is the book, "Self Images: 100 Women."
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By A Customer on 20 May 1999
Format: Paperback
One reason I bought this book was because it is something different out there. These photographs, as ordinary as they may be (techniclly speaking), the content itself captures the truth people know about, just don't ever talk about. It isn't even about being naked after the first page or so. Society as a whole is being displayed in a manner which is the exact opposite of what we begin teaching at a young age. Gender roles and social status are cut loose in naked NYC as well as Naked LA. In order to understand the cultures people are living in one must start from the beginning. Being naked it seems is the logical place to start. You'd be surprised at what you might learn. People carry secrets with them forever. The artist was capturing something so rarely seen in individuals. And I stress the word individuals, because we see each other as a mass population. People are so vulnerable, a characteristic present in all of humans but sometimes never even brought out.
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