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New York Girls (PostcardBooks) Paperback – 30 May 1997

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Product details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Pos edition (30 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822880884
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822880883
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.4 x 16.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,563,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Kern's thrillingly lit subjects share a confident self-possession, a sexual self-assurance. These grrrls go downtown to look for fun. These grrrls can take care of themselves. The challenge of their direct gazes belies the vulnerability of their nakedness. Their inner strength allows their submission to the ropes, the camera, the viewer. Reviews of Kern's work typically misinterpret his models' streetwise spunk as predatory, sadistic or just plain nasty. Maybe because they don't conform to the air-brushed, siliconed skin-mag stereotype. The gun series packs a political punch. In a shot whose symbolism is crude but effective, a model in a police hat, a mostly removed blue uniform shirt, and thigh high, sheer dark stockings and panties, holds a gun in her outstretched right hand. Her face is contorted into a tough-guy grimace, the mouth open as if barking the order to freeze. Her left hand caresses a lifelike dildo, holding it in place against her crotch. Reminds me of an army training chant: "This is my rifle, this is my gun. This is for shooting, this is for fun." Lots of noir riffs, a Patty Hearst homage with an automatic; more jarring Kernsian contrast. What do you call a nude woman with a gun? "Ma'am." Eric Kroll's striking blond wife Lynka appears in several shots. In one starkly formal portrait, she wears a billed leather cap, a perfect cherub's-mouth scarlet lipstick job and a green-lit black latex dress with no bra. Only her head, shoulders and the top of her bust are shown. A fine, barely visible blue vein crosses the top of her left breast, tribute to the photographer's precision. The blue eyes, red lips, latex and leather make the starkest possible contrast to her flesh, so pale that the line of her jaw almost vanishes into her throat.Read more ›
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Format: Paperback
Looking through this album, I was immediately impressed by how well staged and photographed all the models featured in the book are presented. However, the eroticism of the book constantly verges on the worst kinds of cheap porn and male fantasy; given the skill of the photographer and the beauty of his models, these references are more ironic and humorous than unpleasant. However, the overwhelming felling you receive on looking through this book is a discomfort arising from the divide between artisitic eroticism and cheap thrills..... being destroyed, and you're not sure which are the reasons for which the book is enjoyable. This was probably the photographers' intent, though.
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A lot smaller than I expected, many of the images had me asking "why"? Really a book for just looking at rather than for inspiration
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