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The Body: Photoworks of the Human Form
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on 19 October 2016
The Book were in a good condition, a bit distressed at the cover. Shippingtime was normal
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on 28 October 2016
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 April 2017
I thin that this book is aimed at students, artists or people with more of a serious academic interest in the human form than the casual observer wanting to look at beautiful bodies. Many of the photographs are of naked bodies in various creative poses. However, some of the images are disturbing such as a young person who had been crucified as punishment for homicide, or people with various birth deformities.

The pictures are organised in themed chapters such as Flesh, Prowess, and Eros and the book doesn't just have pictures. There's plenty of explanatory text and background material to provide context to the images and there is a comprehensive appendix of source references and an index.

Most of the photos are in black and white (366) with 35 in colour.

This is not a coffee table book unless you want to shock your guests.
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on 5 April 1998
Abandon all preconceptions, ye who enter here! Distinguished curatorial authority William Ewing guides this tour into a realm of monsters and models, contortionists and courtesans, dancers and daredevils, athletes and adonises, the nude and the natty, the deformed and the divine, sideshow freaks and Siamese twins. He expertly narrates a burgeoning photographic gallery of the exquisitely beautiful, the repulsively grotesque, the exotic, the explicit, the exploited, the controversial, the brutal, the remarkable, the children and the parents, the universes within us and the societies in which we're contained. As Charles Levin observed, "The body is both a pleasure palace and a torture chamber." It is the sacred vessel of our souls and intellects as well as a humbling reminder of our animal nature. Considering the wealth of fascinatingly readable commentary that Ewing has packed into this comprehensive historical, global and cultural survey of the turning of the lens upon our physical selves, The Body, at over 400 pages, is a pithy piece of work indeed. Ewing has selected a challengingly diverse group of images: scientific motion studies by Muybridge in 1887 and by Edgerton in 1935, the classical beauty of Stieglitz, Weston and Cunningham, the scandalous frankness of Mapplethorpe, Mann, and Sturges, the morbid compositions of Joel-Peter Witkin, the pungent politics of Annie Sprinkle and Barbara Kruger, and so many more. A terrifically valuable volume with a flexible format, The Body weaves the commentary throughout the pictures so the reader is free to approach from the visual side or the textual or meander from one to the other. As a broad sampling, it provides a vital introduction for anyone seeking a toehold into the history, meaning and uses of photography and presents a wealth of brilliant work of many artists whom the reader will be inspired to investigate more thoroughly.
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on 23 March 1998
This book is a great resource for artists interested working with the figure. The book's format and images provide a rich visual refence to pull from. It is great to see an mass marketed book which presents the human body in all its shapes, sizes and textures.
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on 18 January 2002
The book is wonderful, the images shock, thrill, and interest the mind. I found this book to be inspiring and not stuffy like most of the art books I have read. a definite must have if you are interested in the human body.
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on 16 March 1998
While I am a photographer, I have not photographed nudes. Were I to do so, I would study this book several times. This book presents both a variety of styles of photography, and a variety of bodies. Not everyone is a model. One can ultimately see the photographic possibilities for anyone willing to expose themselves to the camera.
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on 22 January 2015
Features 400 photos in a range of topics from sports, to beauty, to medical. Mostly B/W, some color. Insightful to see how the body is displayed. Some photos are disturbing.
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on 11 February 2016
I thought the book would be more about the human form, but instead had some quite explicit pornographic photos I didn't like. I was looking for a book more on the artistic side of the human form, like life drawing poses. Also had some content including children that I didn't think was appropriate. On the flip side, some absolutely stunning photography that made me gasp at its beauty. I just didn't like the non-beautiful content. I will continue to look for book more to my ideal. If anyone can recommend something please let me know.
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