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This powerful collection of black and white male nudes is a stunning testament to Peter Arnold's talents as a fine art photographer and artist. Arnold's unique vision is exemplified by his attention to detail, meticulously sculpting these powerful bodies with his original posing and languid lighting. The exact composition of each model's masterful body allows a graphic display of muscle and skin textures to take form. As a result, each image pulses with a heightened sexual energy. This is a collection with an ethereal quality, sure to provoke comment for many years to come.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 11.25" Height: 13.5" Weight: 4.06 lbs.
Publisher Te Neues Publishing Company
ISBN 3832790829 ISBN13 9783832790820
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More About Peter Arnold
Peter Arnold's striking flower photographs have made his name internationally known. Originally a fashion photographer, Arnold has redirected his eye for dynamic form to his botanical work, which is instilled with an austere sensuality. His popular previous flower book, "Tulips," introduced Arnold's strong use of graphic design and color, and his work has been exhibited by both Ilford and Kodak. Arnold currently lives in Santa Barbara, California, and divides his time between America, Europe, and the Orient.
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Another Aspect of Peter Arnold's Vision Dec 8, 2007
Peter Arnold is perhaps best known as a photographer of the plant kingdom: his images of individual blossoms, close-ups of flower parts, and gatherings of floral display are highly regarded as art pieces. Yet in this very large and stunningly designed volume Peter Arnold enters the animal kingdom with his black and white images of male nudes. And he is equally as successful here.
Arnold has gathered amazingly beautiful models whose bodies are in the prime of development. He uses studio lighting to enhance line, mass, and reflection, and perhaps more important to his concept, to subtract backgrounds, allowing the bodies of the models to be the sole focal point of each finished work. The men are pliant, muscular, and almost steel-like in appearance and Arnold's camera transforms them into sculptures. While this transformation may suggest a cold scientific approach to the human form, in Arnold's hands the result is startlingly erotic.
Part of the grandeur of these photographs is due to the very large size of the pages of this fine volume. These images are readily seen as appropriate 'paintings' for the walls. From the incidental full page head portraits of some of the models to the isolated portions of the figures made sensuous by dramatic lighting, each page of this collection bears revisiting to appreciate the artistry of Peter Arnold. Grady Harp, December 07
Seductive and life like photographs.. Wow... Sep 14, 2006
Get into the silverish black and white world and make that almost wall calendar size to ejoy the incredible photographs of this guy. I have it on my coffee table and it is such a delight to go into this gallery of pages and look at the beauty of the male nude figure. For the price you get more than what you pay for. Get it indeed!
Men posed, beauty exposed Aug 2, 2006
Arnold has created a distinctive collection of male nude photography. It's a simple format: usually one black and white photo per page, one model per photo, and a blank background. There is nothing here but the male figure, presented in a sculptural, or even architectural style.
The models are split between lighter and darker skin tones. Although it's the same male frame underneath, light plays differently on that superficial difference, something that Arnold has captured skillfully. Other than their coloring, though, the models tend towards a common look: twenty-something, body-builders' figures, and sleek surfaces. Somehow, more mature figures and even moderate body hair seem hard to render with elegance, so Arnold hasn't tried. That smoothness works well in many of the more abstract compositions, however, inviting comparisons between sculpture in marble, metal, and male substance. It also invites comparison to the female figure - even when a photographer emphasizes the corresponding strength and grace in women, the result is very different.
Arnold addresses only a narrow and unusual range of men's appearances. Within that range, he succeeds in showing the strength and beauty of the human male animal, and I find myself surprised at having to use the word "beauty" in describing these figure studies. I don't often have much response to a man's appearance; when I do, I rarely go beyond the word "handsome." Ordinary words just don't work for the these extraordinary figures and extraordinary renderings of them. This book is truly about beauty in its most masculine form.