Private Rooms Hardcover – 20 Oct 2005
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About the Author
Guido Argentini was born in Florence, Italy in 1966. He has lived in Los Angeles since 1990 and has photographed for Vogue, Marie Claire, Playboy, Max and Men s Health. Guido Argentini, Silvereye (ISBN 3-8238-5593-X) was published by teNeues in 2003.
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Top Customer Reviews
Each photograph is a work of art in composition, lighting, mood and effect, concentrating upon allure, magnetism, beauty and imagery emanating within a world dominated obviously by high money. However for those without easy access to an instant fortune it also opens the door to other imaginary worlds, where the wait promises all.
Glimpses of Tokyo Story and specks of David Lynch trickle through but the imagery is beyond any categorisation, as it brings together men and women to gaze upon what is being offered.
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The layout of the book is very nice. It has a velvety cover under the dust cover and is a very good size for viewing.
The photography is great. Silvereye wasn't really to my personal preference but Private Rooms is. They are images from shoots throughout the years in one collection taken in different hotel rooms, apartments, etc. The photographer seems to mostly use ambient light - a mix between tungsten and window light. Probably a somehwat high ISO, the images are still very low grain and are very clear with nice colors and tones. Very nice compositians, nice lighting, sexy poses,... all very tasteful.
The models are some of the most beautiful models I've seen in just about any book - there isn't a medeocre looking girl in the whole book - all are just phenomenally gorgeous. Most images are partial nude, some with latex gloves, high heels, elegant jewelry,... a lot of accessories, etc.
I definitely recommend this one.
I have his earlier book, Silvereye, and I never reviewed it because, well, because I appreciated the effort and obvious talent of the artist, but I felt the book really just didn't "catch the chain" for lack of a better description, and I didn't want to give it a lower star ranking, and I never give false 4 or 5 Star ratings.
I saw this new one on Amazon sometime ago, but didn't order it since I wasn't thrilled with Silvereye. But then I ran into this in a bookstore, and WOW!!! I was (and remain) totally blown away- this is one of the best color photo books of the nude ever produced, I'm certain of that, and in my mind there is no doubt that it's the BEST color nude photo book of 2005.
Leaving aside the excellent photography for a minute, the production quality of this book is amazing. This is best produced nude art book I've ever bought, and must be one of the best ever made. Certainly, it's the best I've ever seen from this publisher (TeNeues). It is huge. It is heavy. The printing is perfection, and paper is super excellent grade, and this book is meant to last and last. Really, it would still be a fair deal at twice the listed price. With the current price + the Amazon discounting it's an absolute steal and puts to shame the poor quality garbage many other publishing houses are printing and selling at similar prices. This isn't a cheap book, either in price or in quality, and TeNeues deserves a big thumbs up for producing this wonderful work.
Now onto the photography itself... there is a level of intimacy captured here that is something many other photographers strive and usually fail to achieve. The work, technically, is beyond excellent. And yet, it somehow stays simple. There isn't the dramatic lighting (usually) that you might find with Bruno Bisang, for instance, but the mastery of composition, of angle of view, of knowing just when was the right moment to fire the shutter... it's all there. There are hordes of photographers shooting color nudes nowadays that do it super "clean", fast & loose, trying to "keep it real" and make art out of the simplicity of the girl's body and her surroundings. For the most part, they fail (in my opinion). Some books by Peter Gorman and Peter Hegre would fit into this catagory. What Mr. Argentini has done here is take that very concept, but actually succeed: there are no elaborate props (aside from some pretty rooms), no extravagant lighting set ups, no "special effects" done to the photos in Photoshop afterward. It's just him, his considerable talent, his camera, a beautiful girl, and her genuine magnetism that pulls you into his simple compositions, and envelopes you with intimacy. THIS is the feel and passion all these other photographers are trying to accomplish with their simple "real girl, in the real world" approach. So many are trying, but it is Guido Argentini who is successful.
I cannot believe that anyone who buys this book will regret it. The images are, at times, a bit more erotic that in the books of some of his peers, but they are without question Art and Mr. Argentini is a true Artist.
I'm very happy to have this in my collection! If I could give it 6 Stars I would!
There is no doubt that Guido has the talent and the "eye", and this is truly a great EROTIC book. The photos are artistically erotic and beautiful, and not like any cheap stuff you find on numerous porn sites out there. The models are stunning! Of course there are some inspiring arts - at the end he is still a good photographer. Just, it seems to me all the lighting techniques are all too basic and nothing innovative. Well, I'm not talking "nude has to be black and white and in low-key", those days have passed long ago. But the lighting in Private room is simply too normal. He even did not use tripod in all of his shots, which lead to hand-shake. I can tell that some blur is intentional, but there are some look really like technical error.
Again, on the other hand, if you are looking for some EROTIC nude photos, I highly recommend this one. Just dont buy it for learning more about the real nude art that hangs in museums!
And that's a good thing.
Because the nude female is supposed to be erotic. At least that's what I think. And you will too if you take a look at some of the photos in this book. The black and white shot of Monika and Martina is a fantasy all by itself and reason alone for owning this book. Another fantasy, of a bit more dangerous kind is the one of "Irina Pulling on Her Lace Gloves". That one gives me the chilly-willies, but I keep coming back to it. I wonder if that says anything about me.
Anyway, if you're into doing nude photography, or just like looking at it, check this book out. I think you'll like it.