The Body: Photoworks of the Human Form

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Thames and Hudson, 1994 - Body, Human in art - 432 pages
The sensual curve of the shoulder, the disturbing line of a scar, the magnetic pull of a lashed eye -- since the birth of photography, images of the human body have attracted, disturbed, fascinated, and obsessed us. The body has been scrutinized by medical and anatomical photographers; it has been celebrated by photographers of sport and dance; it has inspired a long tradition of photographing the nude; and it has been depicted in phantasmagoric terms. In this rich, involving archive of over 360 duotone and color images culled from worldwide collections, renowned photo curator William A. Ewing has compiled the most comprehensive and arresting visual survey ever published of the human form. From nineteenth-century erotica to the politicized images of the 1990s, "The Body" offers an exciting, elegantly packaged, provocative record of the camera's infatuation with the human figure.

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

THE BODY: Photographs of the Human Form

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Through thoughtful essays, Ewing (Breaking Bounds, not reviewed) transforms a fantastic collection of photographs into a history of photography itself. With careful arrangement and stylish writing ... Read full review

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About the author (1994)

William A. Ewing is the curator and director of the Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne. He lives in Switzerland.

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