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1000 Nudes: A History of Erotic Photography from 1839-1939
TASCHEN's 25th anniversary - Special edition! "Fascinating for what it tells us about the history of body images and social codes." -The Independent, London
Paperback, 575 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Taschen
(first published June 30th 2001)
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I must admit that this book has but a few pages of actual reading (and this in English, German and French). The book starts with a short history of the beginning of photography in general and then narrows the field to the human form. A vast majority of the book is filled with early nude photographs (almost all female) so may be offensive to some readers. I found it simply fascinating; not only the written text but the quality and subject matter of the pictures. People, even in the nude form, are ...more
Why this book? Because the images are stunning,not to mention you get connnected to mortality in a quick way. Here's what I mean, throughout these pages you will pause on an 18 year old stunner, a real coquette circa 1869, she's dead. Stop, what? Yea, dead. Then you pull out your magnifier and look at her face, her breasts, her eyes, you see a glimpse of her soul and you sit back going f..........ck! Life is that quick. On another note,not so dire. I use these images as real models for my erotic ...more