If you spend a reasonable amount of time online, chances are you may have stumbled across the phrase: #SENDNUDES. A staple of millennial lingo, the term is used to request sexually explicit photographs, typically over text messaging and dating apps. Over time, #SENDNUDES has also evolved into a meme, deployed as a common punchline in image and video internet jokes.
Today, #SENDNUDES is making another transition--as the title of a carefully curated book of nude photography. In collaboration with Iman Whitfield, MENDO reached out to photographers all over the world and asked them to send their favorite shots of female sensuality and intimacy. The result is a visually stunning photo collection approaching erotic photography from a female point of view, celebrating the diversity of female beauty and body confidence, and teasing the delicate line between that which is revealed and that which remains private.
The featured images were sent from all over the world, from such highly skilled erotic photographers as Dennis Swiatkowski, Fauve Bouwman, and Paul Bellaart--each bringing a distinctive style and approach to female sensuality, intimacy, and elegance.
This astounding collaboration between designer lingerie house Agent Provocateur and Kate Moss breaks new ground. These genius innovators in haute couture commissioned Mike Figgis to portray Moss in her first acting role, resulting in four unique online films: "Shadows," "Scale," "Exhibitionist, " and "Narcissus""The Four Dreams of Miss X." Shot in night vision, these films are intensely intimate: a beautiful woman's private dream experiences. Each film was released online periodically over the last year. Enticing readers into the dusky world of Miss X, the book presents both the scripts and stunning images from the films, as well as a unique DVD featuring all four dreams. This is a must-have purchase for fans of Kate Moss, film, and gorgeous photography."
Thom Rouse seems to have an unbridled artistic sensibility. In this book, he offers up for review sixty of his favorite fine-art images. Rouse takes photographers behind the scenes of his creative process, showing the starting point--always a portrait, captured by him--and then details the Photoshop tools and techniques he used and, sometimes, some "accessory" images that he adds into the mix, to create a dramatically different work of art. While the components and tone of each image vary from page to page, Rouse strictly maintains that his creative process is based on the idea that each work of art must, at its core, remain photographic. In other words, his fine-art works are enhanced, stylized portraits that transcend the limits typically self-imposed by portrait artists. His goal in creating the book is to educate and inspire other photographers--or, in the words of the artist--to "show you something you haven't seen before."This book features a collection of beautiful portraits that collide with a strange collections of elements--one portrait, entitled Shhhh, is coupled with ornamental wooden fish, goose wings, and parts of an aircraft; another, called Andromeda, uses complex Photoshop blending techniques and texture layers to create a Gustav Klimt-inspired feel in the photograph--to create a storytelling piece that elevates the portrait to a fine art category. On page after page, you'll discover how Rouse conceptualized the featured work of art, the steps he took to bring the concept to life, and the curiously beautiful artistic portrait result.
Pop culture phenomena from the '80s and '90s, homages to Alberto Vargas and other classic pinup illustrations, and contemporary fashions and fetishes combine to form an exciting collection of modern pinups. Tributes to Baywatch, Rambo, Star Wars, Jessica Rabbit, and more late-20th century cultural references are included. This collection of over-the-top Americana also features standouts from Alvarado's Redneck Pinup series; provocatively posed pirates; beautiful calaveras makeup; leather jacket-wearing blondes; classy big-haired chicks with antique cars; a dynamite-wielding cowgirl; polo-playing preppies; sword-swallowing freaks; laser- and gun-toting steampunks; sultry nurses; elegant ballroom dancers; and more. Alvarado's belief is that it's all about the model; her image and pose are the most important elements in a composition, and he draws the viewer's attention to the models by employing a plain white background in many images.
Berlin-based photographer Andrzej Steinbach (born 1983) uses photographic portraiture to play games with identity and identification. This new publication is Steinbach's attempt to argue, through photographic tryptichs, that we should distrust binary systems of organization and instead think in terms of triads.
It started in 1978 with an ordinary coffee shop near Kyoto. Word spread that the waitresses wore no panties under their miniskirts. Similar establishments popped up across the country. Men waited in line outside to pay three times the usual coffee price just to be served by a panty-free young woman.
Within a few years, a new craze took hold: the no-panties "massage" parlor. Increasingly bizarre services followed, from fondling clients through holes in coffins to commuter-train fetishists. One particularly popular destination was a Tokyo club called "Lucky Hole" where clients stood on one side of a plywood partition, a hostess on the other. In between them was a hole big enough for a certain part of the male anatomy.
Taking the Lucky Hole as his title, Nobuyoshi Araki captures Japan's sex industry in full flower, documenting in more than 800 photos the pleasure-seekers and providers of Tokyo's Shinjuku neighborhood before the February 1985 New Amusement Business Control and Improvement Act put a stop to many of the country's sex locales. Through mirrored walls, bed sheets, the bondage and the orgies, this is the last word on an age of bacchanalia, infused with moments of humor, precise poetry, and questioning interjections.
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From the pages of Sizzle comes the continuation of Barbarian Chicks & Demons. One barbarienne gets taken by a savage stone troll, only to find it's possessed by a horny demon lover; A magic mirror gives a new meaning to being in love with one's reflection when the reflection materializes into flesh; And an arrogant young apprentice gets a lesson from two sorceresses that he won't soon forget. A heroic fantasy romp where the busty barbarian babes know how to get cheeky.
Only Stefan Soell can photograph these highly attractive, all-natural Bavarian country girls so revealingly. What a series of photos this is After picking apples we see them busily baking their pies, topless These buxom country girls stretch out lasciviously in the hay, or show off their curves in front of a perfect backdrop of lush meadows and curvaceous hills. You can see the girls are animal lovers and outdoor types, so wouldn't it be nice to surprise them with a visit?
The first comprehensive study of how images of male beauty are projected onto society, Behold the Man: The Hype and Selling of Male Beauty in Media and Culture examines the role media and society play in creating the image of the idealized male. This book explores how these images are interpreted by all genders and sexual orientations in order to investigate the phenomenon's effect on the self-esteem of adolescent and adult males. Behold the Man provides you with research and examples that identify this problem from many angles to help you realize that being a man is more than merely possessing muscles and good looks.Discussing examples in which both attractive men and women are idealized as "the norm," Behold the Man argues that men are experiencing the same injustices as women--splashed on the covers of magazines and in advertisements, based on their sex appeal, sometimes to promote nothing more than their looks. Within Behold the Man, you'll find topics that relate to the reasons for and effects of male beauty standards, such as:
- aspects of male beauty, from Ancient Greek ideals to how it is visualized throughout history in art
- the vision of "the ideal male," along with sexual connotations, in advertisements for clothing, cologne, sunglasses, automobiles, and shaving products
- the emphasis of strong, well-built males and their bodies in movies, music videos, and literature
- how men alter their bodies by dieting and cosmetic surgery to achieve the look found in advertisements
- today's growing numbers of male eating disorders caused by the notion that only good-looking, muscular men are acceptable
- reasons behind the exploitation of the male body and the double standards for male beauty found within gay male communities
- how advertisers and authors faithfully follow the "bigger is better" theory--from pectoral and bicep muscles to penis sizeRecognizing how society has created and changed the appearance of the ideal male, this text explains to you the danger men of all ages face who feel they need to be physically handsome to be desirable. From Behold the Man, you'll learn about the real messages of advertising and media, the problems they cause, and that true self-worth cannot be measured by physical attributes.