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Nudes/Human Form Newsletter Vol. 5

Nudes/Human Form Newsletter Nudes/Human Form Newsletter Vol. 5 photo-eye's Nudes/Human Form Newsletter features books that explore the human form in a variety of ways. Today we feature books from Maja Forsslund, Chad States and Eric Kellerman.
photo-eye's Nudes/Human Form Newsletter features books that explore the human form in a variety of ways. Past editions can be found here.

Maja Forsslund stages nude and semi-nude portraits in her debut monograph AKT, paying mind to the fleeting moments of unposed beauty she finds in her subjects as they sit for her camera. Forsslund's technique elevates the work from traditional portraiture to document the encounter between her and her subject. The portraits range from classical studio settings to intimate, un-posed glimpses of her subjects during the portrait sessions, exposing them with a compassionate eye.

The Sunbathers is an exquisite photobook by Chad States including thirteen color photographs of men in various states of undress in the middle of the woods. Painterly light illuminates the lush, wooded landscapes, providing a beautiful backdrop in The Sunbathers. Playing on classical depictions of the female nude, States employs men of various shapes and sizes to fill the traditionally female role in this body of work. We are left to contemplate the awkwardness and grace of each subject as they remove their clothes for States' camera. The photobook is beautifully produced, limited to only forty copies, signed and numbered by the artist.

The Box: A Typology of Poses in a Confined Space by Eric Kellerman includes over sixty photographs of nude women in various contorted positions, all photographed within the confines of a box. This typological study blurs the lines between sculpture and classical nude photography -- making it a visually enthralling collection that allows the viewer to relish the beauty of nature's golden ratio.

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