Athlete

Athlete

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by Howard Schatz, Beverly Ornstein
     
 

In such uniquely visionary books as Water Dance, Pool Light, Passion & Line, and Nude Body Nude, Howard Schatz has established himself as one of the great photographers of the human form. Working primarily with dancers, Schatz has been particularly attracted to form shaped by function. Now, in Athlete, he reaches the zenith of his photographic

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In such uniquely visionary books as Water Dance, Pool Light, Passion & Line, and Nude Body Nude, Howard Schatz has established himself as one of the great photographers of the human form. Working primarily with dancers, Schatz has been particularly attracted to form shaped by function. Now, in Athlete, he reaches the zenith of his photographic paean to the human body, creating an astonishing record of the specialized forms both adapted to the wide spectrum of sport and shaped by fiercely focused effort. His subjects, as varied and meticulously documented as Audubon's birds, literally embody the astonishing array of physical perfection required for their particular sports. With a seamless blend of art and precision, Schatz shows us the awesome upper-body power of Olympic wrestling champion Rulon Gardner discus thrower Adam Setliff, and football player Joe Johnson; the lissome graces of high jumper Charles Austin and rhythmic gymnast Jessica Howard; the shock-absorbing legs of downhill skier Daron Rahlves; the sculptural perfection of NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens and sprinter Sean Crawford; the compact muscularity of gymnasts Tasha Schwikert and Sean Townsend; the Giacometti-like slenderness of marathoners Tegla Loroupe and American marathon champion Deena Drossin; as well as 125 other athletes at the top of their games, In serene portraits and intricately dissected motion photographs, Schatz gives us an unprecedented celebration of the body as divine machine, and manages at the same time to present a collective view of the human spirit at its most intense.

The photographs of Howard Schatz are exhibited in museums and photography galleriesinternationally and are included in innumerable private collections. He has received international acclaim for his work and is one of the most sought-after photographers working today Athlete is the fourteenth book of photographs by Howard Schatz, His four most recent books are: the powerful and sensual study of the human body in Nude Body Nude; the richly humorous and playfully elegant Body Knots, which breaks new ground with its view of the body; Passion & Line, an arrestingly beautiful photographic profile of dancers; and Pool Light, the thrilling ensemble of underwater images that was featured in magazines around the world, including France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Russia, Israel, and Japan. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications, including Time, Vogue, Sports Illustrated, Life, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Elie, Harper's Bazaar, Forbes, Geo, Block & White, Stem, Amadeo, American Photo, and Entertainment Weekly

Schatz's editorial and fashion photography is seen regularly in the United States and abroad, and he has made extraordinary images for such advertising clients as Sony, Nike, Finlandia Vodka, Etienne Aigner, Target, MGM Grand Hotel, Virgin Records (the Janet Jackson music video "Every Time"), Dannon, Wolford Swimbodies, Pantene, Barely There, AT&T, IBM, Showtime, and Mercedes-Benz.

Each of Schatz's books is the result of a unique collaboration with award-winning producer and senior editor Beverly Ornstein, his wife and business partner, Together they live and work in New York.

The fine art photography of Howard Schatz is represented in New York by the SoHo Triad Fine Art Gallery (a full list of galleries can be found on page 6).

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
This striking coffee-table photo gallery looks at the human body in its fastest, strongest and most agile forms. The male and female athletes pictured here are pinnacles of physical achievement in sports from table tennis to sumo wrestling; they appear oiled, sweaty and clad in skimpy black briefs and sports bras as they leap, sprint, swing and flex in minimalist surroundings, with only the essential paraphernalia of their game. Schatz, an art and commercial photographer known for his underwater photography of dancers and models in books like Water Dance and Pool Light, turns away from the sylph-like subjects of his previous work to look not only at the classical physiques of swimmers and boxers but at spindly marathoners, bloated wrestlers, bulging bodybuilders and others whose eccentric or even grotesque body types are required for specialized athletic performance. His interest in the body as an abstract form continues with geometricist action montages and close-ups of bunched muscles and strangely foreign-looking body parts. The resulting pictures are sometimes beautiful and sometimes not, but they are always arresting. Brief essays by sportswriters George Vecsey and Ira Berkow engagingly explore the arduous discipline and intellectual acuity demanded of champion athletes. Over 200 color and b&w photographs. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060195533
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.75(w) x 11.75(h) x 0.25(d)

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