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Books of Nudesby Alessandro Bertolotti
Synopses & Reviews
Alessandro Bertolottis unrivalled collection of books on nudes, amassed over thirty years, allows us to explore the history of photographic creations, from the first academic snapshots all the way up to the most audacious avant-gardists. Organized chronothematically, and accompanied by sociocultural analyses, this work presents over 160 books, from the celebrated to the obscure, and includes all the photographers who made nudes famous: Germaine Krull, Man Ray, Hans Bellmer, Bill Brandt, Araki, Robert Mapplethorpe, Pierre Molinier, Jean Saudek, and Jean-Loup Sieff.
Each book is presented with its original cover and a selection of photographs laid out on double-page spreads. With over four hundred reproductions, Books of Nudes is an important reference work for every amateur photographer. Paying tribute to the innovative and often ostentatious layout of these publications, this title is also a must-have for anyone passionate about graphic design.
"Italian television producer and photographer Bertolotti has amassed one of the world's largest book collections devoted to nude photography; in this anthology of sorts, he presents the cover and a few revealing pictures from more than 160 volumes, often in their original layouts. Bertolotti organizes his own book by themes, while generally adhering to a rough chronology of the genre: beginning with nudes posed in formal academies at the end of the 19th Century, he then moves through the last 100 years, illustrating the subject's evolution and enormous breadth, as well as how the aesthetics of the body reflect the timbre of their historical eras or the agendas of certain political ideologies. For example, a chapter on works published under the Weimar Republic show a fascination with the messy, exotic and sometimes kinky; the following chapter on Nazi-era German books show God-like reverence for healthy, clean Aryan nudes. Vivid images and familiar names-like Man Ray, Bill Brandt, Robert Mapplethorpe and Andre Kertesz-abound, but the volume's encyclopedic scope, buttressed by Bertolotti's socio-cultural overview, makes it more a useful reference rather than a lavish art book." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
This invitation into Italian photographer and television director Bertolotti's personal collection of approximately 160 photography books of nudes boasts 400 full-color illustrations. Arranged by theme and roughly chronologically, the books are accompanied by the collector's remarks describing the project of each book, the social and cultural context under which it was published, as well as the dominant aesthetic and compositional styles of the period and any deviances by the featured photographers. Thematic categories include academies, pictorialism, European Avant-Garde, Nazism, the Japanese Book, gay pride, and narrative, feature work from names including Germaine Krull, Man Ray, Hans Bellmer, Araki, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Jean- Loup Sieff. Oversize: 10x10". Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Born in 1960, Alessandro Bertolotti has worked as a director of variety shows for the Italian television channel Rai for twenty-five years. Passionate about photography, he has published portraits and photographs of female nudes in numerous Italian magazines. He is one of the largest collectors of erotic books and nude photographs in Europe. A portion of his book collection will be exhibited in fall 2007 at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.
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