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This Is Who I Am: Our Beauty in All Shapes and Sizes

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Fifty-four portraits of women that are striking, beautiful, and real. The bodies in this book have been shaped by the full sweep of the feminine experience.

They belong to 54 women from all over the country, ages 19 to 95, of all sizes and shapes, ethnicities, and life experiences, who were willing to expose their naked physical forms in This Is Who I Am. They are ordinary women only in the sense that none is a professional model. They are in all other ways ...

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Overview

Fifty-four portraits of women that are striking, beautiful, and real. The bodies in this book have been shaped by the full sweep of the feminine experience.

They belong to 54 women from all over the country, ages 19 to 95, of all sizes and shapes, ethnicities, and life experiences, who were willing to expose their naked physical forms in This Is Who I Am. They are ordinary women only in the sense that none is a professional model. They are in all other ways extraordinary—courageous, curious, thoughtful, speaking unflinchingly about their bodies, then allowing themselves to be photographed to inspire other women to make peace with their physical selves, "to glorify the real beauty of all women."

Certainly, the feminine nude form is not new to artists and photographers. But the portraits in This Is Who I Am, taken by award-winning photographer Rosanne Olson, with a steady, unjudgmental eye, speak loudly to the American obsession of feminine perfection—slim hips and full breasts, high cheekbones and tiny waists, taut skin and eternal youth—and even more loudly to the way real women, with real bodies and real lives, look.

By turns tender, personal, and moving, this tribute to contemporary womanhood is the perfect gift for mothers to give to daughters, daughters to cousins, cousins to friends.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

This book of photographs celebrates the female body in all of its shapes, sizes, and ages (19-95). A collaborative project between Olson-a commercial and fine art photographer with a journalism degree from the University of Oregon-and the 54 women she portrays, it features nudes lovingly documented in proud yet modest classical poses. Olson's sepia-toned photographs are accompanied by excerpts from interviews conducted with each woman as part of the author's Body Image project. Each woman speaks in a distinctive, heartfelt voice to feelings of beauty, self-image, and evolving levels of self-comfort, be she fat or thin, young or elderly, frail or robust. Maya Angelou's poem "Phenomenal Woman" empowers further the women's words. Of interest to larger public libraries.
—Nancy B. Turner

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579653637
  • Publisher: Artisan
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Pages: 116
  • Sales rank: 1,406,474
  • Product dimensions: 7.88 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosanne Olson is a fine arts and commercial photographer. She has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and teaches workshops on creativity, lighting, and portraiture. Her commercial clients include the New York City Ballet, Seattle Symphony, Boeing, Microsoft, and Hewlett Packard. Her photographs have been exhibited in galleries around the U.S. and have received many awards. She lives in Seattle with her husband.

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