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Body Piercing by Andrew Dunbar
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Aug 01, 2009

it was ok
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Read in August, 2009

As a photographic book, there is little in the way of text, which is a relief as it allows the images to speak for themselves. The actual photographs are taken beautifully, but are mostly stuck with a high/low key palette which, although it was probably intentional, does little to add to the dynamics of the collection. It is this standardisation that then causes the few different images to stand out more than they need to.

There is a short blurb at the beginning which gives the impression that the authors have collected a wide range of different piercings to showcase and alludes to the extraordinary lengths they had to go to in order to procure photographs of the more "far out" examples. Unfortunately, this is hardly represented in the body of work. There are numerous navel, nipple, and facial piercings, with a few genital piercings thrown in (apparently that is what was meant by "far out" piercings). The only exception to this rule is the madison, but it is one example amongst a plethora of common piercings and fails to give credit to the original claim of a diverse range. I was surprised to find no representation of sternum or corset piercings, which would have been obvious choices in my mind.

On one hand this book fails to deliver what it says it will, but the photographs that are there do stand up on their own as well executed and interesting. After all it is a book focused on photography and for that it can be commended, but it seems that the subject matter was merely a vehicle to create an interesting series. Do not fool yourself into thinking that this will be a comprehensive look at body piercing; instead check it out to see some nice photos.
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