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Ommer, Do it Yourself Hardcover – 25 Sep 2007
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Inspired by a babysitter he surprised in front of the bathroom mirror shooting pictures of herself with his Polaroid, photographer Uwe Ommer decided to put together a book of erotic self-portraits by inexperienced photographers. Arming participants with cameras and basic technical instructions, Ommer asked them to photograph themselves in any way they pleased - liberated, so to speak, from the voyeuristic eye of the photographer. Some chose to use mirrors as they captured their portraits, while others braved the camera without the help of their reflections. While many subjects required no intervention by Ommer, for others he acted as "ghost photographer", helping them with the lighting and setup; in both cases, the models were free to indulge their inspirations in any ways they pleased - from sexy and provocative to romantic to simply being themselves. The cast of self-portraitists includes a wide range of personalities, from students to artists, actors, stylists, dancers, models, musicians, teachers, and more. This highly original book gives us a rare glimpse at the way everyday women see themselves - or wish they did.
About the Author
Uwe Ommer became fascinated with photography at a young age and in 1962 moved to Paris, where he initially worked as a photographer's assistant. Within a few years, he opened his own photography studio, primarily shooting fashion and advertising photos. Quickly gaining respect for his work in Paris, Ommer began showing in local galleries and eventually published his first book, Photoedition Uwe Ommer, in 1979, a collection of personal and advertising works. In the following years, he would publish five more books of his photographs. In 2002, Uwe Ommer was awarded an Honorary Fellowship to the Royal Photographic Society for the impact of his lifetime of work. His other books for TASCHEN include Black Ladies, Asian Ladies, Transit, and 1000 Families.
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The book is superbly presented, and is not to be classed with other Taschen works of photographs taken by professionals. It does what is says on the tin so to speak. It is a collection of great pics done by the girls themselves , and is all the better for that. The quality is superb and the binding top notch. Every picture is interesting and as a collector of erotic photography books, the best ones are the ones that carry with them the personalities and authenticity of the girls themselves. This is certainly in that category , and i have no hesitation in recommending it to others who collect these works.
To have a balance of works by professionals and amateurs is the best way forward for this type of publication, and i would love to see the publisher create more volumes of this type. Once again highly recommended.
Mixed of girls of all colours and in a mix of black and white and colour pictures (personally, I would have preferred all the pictures to be in colour, but understand and respect why they are not); ranging from a few with some clothes on to full nudity. Covered in foam and paint; trapped in nets; skipping; lounging provocatively and seductively; lifting weights....
If there is one thing I would have liked to have seen is that some information about each girl be included with her photos, but, maybe such information was not included because it could have lead to people stalking them.