Photographing nudes is an art that goes back to the late 19th century and is as controversial today as it was then. Bertolotti, one of the largest collectors of erotic books and nude photographs in Europe, has published portraits and photographs of female nudes in various Italian magazines. Here he offers narratives as well as photographs of books containing nude photography that were published between 1895 through 2002. Various countries are represented, including France, Germany, Japan, and the United States, and topics covered include naturism, the Weimar Republic, the sexual revolution, and gay pride. The narratives are helpful in understanding the various photographic movements and the cultures from which they come. Readers will find nudes of all types here, so it might be a contentious purchase depending on your clientele and community. While there are many books on nudes that cover individual topics, few are bibliographic in nature. Therefore, this book is recommended for special libraries with an art or photography focus and university libraries where the subject is studied.
Ronald S. Russ
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