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The Body By William A. Ewing

The Body by William A. Ewing

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A collection of over 360 photographic images of the human body. As well as bodies celebrated by photographers of sport, dance and fashion, the are bodies scrutinized by medical and anatomical photographers. The artists featured include Nadar, Alfred Stieglitz and Robert Mapplethorpe.

The Body Summary

The Body: Photoworks of the Human Form by William A. Ewing

Published to extraordinary worldwide acclaim, William A. Ewing's superb anthology was hailed as 'one of the most unique and powerful photographic books in recent memory' (Camera and Darkroom). From 19th-century erotica to the sexual politics of the 1990s, his collection of over 365 photographic images provides a rich archive of bodily forms, both male and female, featuring the outstanding work of some of the world's most talented photographers: Nadar, Muybridge and Roger Fenton from the early days of the medium; Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Man Ray, Hoyningen-Huene, Frantisek Drtikol, Germaine Krull; from our own time, John Coplans, Robert Mapplethorpe, Richard Hamilton, Sally Mann, Helen Chadwick, Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Pierre Radisic, Dieter Appelt and many others. Also included are works by artists who have used the body itself as their medium and means of expression, such as Carolee Schneemann, Bruce Nauman, Arnulf Rainer and Robert Morris.

Images of the human body have always intrigued, attracted and obsessed us, but photography has intensified our obsessions for at least 150 years. The body has inspired a long tradition of photographing the nude. It has also been scrutinized by medical and anatomical photographers; celebrated by photographers of sport, dance and fashion; and depicted in phantasmagoric terms, in the realms of dream imagery and the imagination.

Today, in the age of the supermodel and the super-athlete, consciousness of both the private and the public body has achieved a new immediacy. That the 1988 Mapplethorpe exhibition became an international cause celebre and, ultimately, the focus of an obscenity trial is just one example of how deeply photographs of the body continue to stir passion, cause controversy and compel interest at all levels of society. The Body is a true reflection of this fascination - and an exciting and provocative record of the camera's infatuation with the human figure.

The Body Reviews

'Startling, provocative and voyeuristic' - The Face
'One of the most unique and powerful photographic books in recent memory' - Camera and Darkroom
'The Body navigates the shoals and rapids of an aesthetically and politically loaded topic, and manages not only to survive the journey but also to shed substantial light on how photographers have used the human figure for a variety of pictorial purposes through more than 150 years' - New York Times Book Review

About William A. Ewing

William A. Ewing has been an author, lecturer, curator of photography and museum director for more than forty years. His many publications on photography include The Body, Landmark and Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements, all published by Thames & Hudson.

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The Body: Photoworks of the Human Form by William A. Ewing
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