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The Body

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  124 Ratings  ·  9 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
Jan 22, 2015 Gary Foss rated it really liked it
Shelves: photography
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
Sep 27, 2011 Melody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 04, 2014 Charlotte rated it really liked it
Great book!!

Lot's of interesting and unique photographs! Explores many different images and ways to photograph the body. I found this very much education and enjoyable, it helped me with my own photographic work and with research.

One of my new favourite photographic books.
Randy Garwood
Mar 02, 2015 Randy Garwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the help of this book over five years ago, I truly fell in love with the art of 'the body'. This book made me fell so confident not only for myself but society as a whole. The collection is just beautiful!! I will always love this book
May 07, 2007 Becca rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Jan 10, 2011 Denae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic collection of photographs, but still doesn't live up to Ewing's other collection, Love and Desire.
Nov 02, 2008 Darla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-this
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.
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