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Naked Pictures of My Ex-girlfriends: Romance in the 70s Hardcover – 13 Jul 2000
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However, the fact that it's a hoax makes it all the more fun. The photos are realisticly staged and Helfrich has managed to capture the look and aura of the era of 'free love'.
This is a genius book and definatly one for the coffee table...
With so many things worthy of parody, why would a photographer bother with creating a low-quality set of images and sexual fantasies? Obviously, the thrill of "fooling" the media into thinking this was on the level must have been high. But viewing and reading this book won't do much for you.
This is a joke book, a joke on those who thought it was a "serious" publishing effort revealing someone's sex life and relationships from the 1970s. It has parody written all over it, in case anyone bothered to look closely. For example, the book says that the author has kept in touch with all of the women and they gave permission for him to portray them. First, that would never happen. Second, several images indicated that the person had died many years ago or could not be found, so obviously no permission was available on those. Third, Casanova in his wildest dreams was never this appealing to women.
The book contains a series of nude and partially clothed photographs of women the author supposedly slept with. Each one is accompanied by a fictitious account of the sexual and personal relationships involved. Most of these contain ridiculous fantasies about relations in public places, inappropriate places, and with inappropriate people. There was not a single paragraph in the book that is worth reading. They are just parody put-downs of the women involved.
The photographs are deliberately done to appear inept, to mimic what a poor quality amateur photographer would have done. The images are small, poorly framed, badly lit, and printed badly.
What can I say in praise of the book? Well, in a few of the photographs, the backgrounds were constructed to be fairly authentic in portraying 70s artifacts.
If you enjoy the hoax involved, that's great, but enjoy it without reading the book.
By the way, the hoax should get a five-star rating. To pull that off with something this obviously a parody is pretty remarkable.
After you think about the book's concept, I suggest that you think about where else we take the printed page too seriously. Be cautious about what you believe!
Look for beauty in well-photographed books.
The book consists of mostly black and white photographs of all the romances in the author's life - from his High School girlfriend of 1969 up until his first relationship in the 1980's.
Along with each photoset for each lover, Helfrich gives us further insight into these relationships by including honest accompanying text such as "Beth. Not much in bed, but one helluva cook" and "I have a round burn make on my left buttock cheek thanks to Tammy. I never dated another smoker. Except when I couldn't help it..."
The intimate relationship between the photographer and his subjects can clearly be seen from the photographs, and this combined with Helfrich's written notes on each girlfriend give the reader a personal glance at the joy, lust and love that each relationship comprised of.
Overall this book gives a candid and intimate look into the life of a young American male in the 1970's - as the author writes a time of "lots of meaningful relationships, but lots of casual couplings, too."
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
One day, and I don't remember why, I checked on Amazon to see if it even exists. Bingo! I enjoy it very much every now and then. Good for Mark and his girls who did something brave and fun in times social networks where not even a fantasy.