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Joel-Peter Witkin (Photofile)

Part of a series of compact 19x12.5cm books that provide a snapshot guide to some of the worlds finest photographers. Embarrassingly I'd not heard of Joel-Peter Witkin until this book arrived. The photographer provides a macabre look at his subject, blended with eroticism and very much surreal in style. All the photos are sepia toned and many are darkroom manipulated images with scratched surfaces and ragged edges. These will give digital photographers a few ideas too try. Worth a look but wil...

John Tisbury Photography, Curves

John Tisbury Photography, Curves is a collection of 118 classic art nude, location, fetish and erotic photographic studies. John has been a photographer for over 30 years taking landscapes, erotic and fetish images as well as art nude both in the studio and on location. Many of the pictures are black and white, toned or sepia images and although are are very few words in the book, it will certainly inspire photographers who have an interest in erotic and fetish imagery.

Vic Eating Cabbage: The Photography of Jim Riegel

This is a hard backed 96 page book with 84 black & white photographs printed in duotone - all nude portraits. Some are male, some female, some are full length, some are waist up, many are holding unusual props...one such photo is illustrated on the cover. The style of photography introduces us to a different approach to nude photography, and if you enjoy looking at beautiful people naked this is not the book for you. If you want to develop your skills you may find inspiration.

Shooting Sex

The work of Bob Carlos Clarke has appeared in just about every photographic magazine and his unique style of photography has shocked, inspired or teased us for over three decades. Now we can find out what really makes this genius tick. The book is a self-published project - no UK publisher would dare to take it on. The pictures are, at times, explicit (almost hardcore), while others are superbly crafted works of fine art. It's a collection that covers Bob's career path from the 60's to present d...

Nude Photography

Almost 150 years of nude photographs in chronological order starting out with a fuzzy, badly processed image titled Musette by Nadar dating back to 1855. The choice of pictures in this 136 page book is very subjective and some would never have left the darkroom tray had I been taken them, let alone reaching this book decades later. Having said that there are some classics including well known images from the likes of Man Ray,Jeanloup Sieff and Bill Brandt and what makes this book worth viewing i...


Once again editor Terry Hope delivers a stunning collection of themed pictures for the latest in his black & white photography series published by Rotovision. The choice of photographs includes work from loads of masters of Nudes such as John Swannell, David Penprase, Bob Carlos Clarke, John Claridge and Bill Brandt. The images are beautifully reproduced with plenty of tips from the photographers and mini interviews by Terry. Its quite easy for an author to take an easy route when compiling a bo...

Lighting for Glamour

Another release from Steve Bavister that looks at one of the most published subjects, glamour. How you interpret the subject varies from one person to another and Steve's selection of pictures show he has a more imaginative mind than many with several images in here that I would say are far from glamorous! To his credit you have just about every approach to the subject and some great advice to back them up. Most of the pictures have been used full page and in some cases it shows. The images are...

Better Picture Guide to: Photographing Nudes

Great soft focus image on the cover that, being a bloke, makes you want to pick it up and look further. If you're interested in the female form you'll love this book. But the point of the book is to give you advice and inspiration to master composition, lighting and exposure when photograph the nude. Question is...will it? Once again there's RotoVision's jerky text style that can halt the reading process, but I'm currently absorb by a fascinating collection of beautiful women...naked... so th...