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The Body

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  90 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The sensual curve of the hip. The disturbing pucker of a scar. The magnetic pull of the lashed eye. In this book, William A. Ewing presents an archive of over 360 photographic images of the body - beautiful, bizarre, sometimes brutally revealing - reflecting many years research and selection in museums, libraries and private collections throughout North America, Europe and...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published 1994 by Thames & Hudson
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Gary Foss
I picked up a copy of this book in a London Blackfriars back in 1996, and I remember the stony-faced cashier very pointedly putting it in a brown paper bag so that I could stroll around the city streets discreetly. I'd also picked up a copy of Erotica: Women's Writing from Sappho to Margaret Atwood at the same time, a purchase that I had thought was unrelated, but in retrospect probably wasn't entirely.... In any case, this book got special brown bag treatment, but aggressive lesbian sex prose d...more
Such an interesting look at photography of people through the ages. It's all here, from the medical, the surreal, the erotic, the documentary- what a wonderful collection. The text is edifying, but ultimately superfluous. The photos speak for themselves, and they say volumes.
Very intriguing history of the body in photographs. Definitely worth the time. Full of both beautiful and disturbing pictures, this book really pays tribute to the human form.
May 07, 2007 Becca rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: art lovers, photographers
Shelves: art-photography
This is a beautiful compendium of images of the human form taken throughout the course of the history of photography. Sensual in places, grotesque, or bizarre in others.
A fantastic collection of photographs, but still doesn't live up to Ewing's other collection, Love and Desire.
five stars in photography is easy. try translating all those images to words. now THAT's something.
Great volume of images; and great teaching tool, re: the human body, male and female.
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