Playboy: 50 Years of Photography

Playboy: 50 Years of Photography

by James R. Petersen

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Playboy: 50 Years of Photography by James R. Petersen

Playboy celebrates its 50th anniversary with this lavish collection of the very best of the magazine's photography. More than 250 full-color photographs, chosen from the ten million images preserved in the Playboy archive, chronicle five decades of brilliant, life-affirming art. Playboy: 50 Years of Photography revisits the girl next door, the sex symbols, and the gods and goddesses who shaped our culture. It visually tracks the changing politics, fashions, and mores through the frenzied peak of the sexual revolution and beyond—from the almost nostalgic eroticism of the 50s bachelor, a martini his secret of seduction, to the highly charged images of modern sexuality. Celebrity models such as Raquel Welch and Cindy Crawford, along with interview subjects such as Mohammed Ali and Salvador Dali, and infamous bunnies such as Anna Nicole Smith and Pamela Anderson reveal all. Portfolios devoted to the bachelor pad, the perfect cocktail, fashion, and sports cars celebrate Playboy as the ultimate wish book. From the history-making red velvet shot of Marilyn Monroe, "posed with nothing on except the radio," to the highly charged images of such masters as Herb Ritts and Helmut Newton, this book is a breath-taking photographic tour de force. Published to coincide with the launch of the magazine's 50th anniversary, Playboy: 50 Years of Photography is a must-have.

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ISBN-13: 9781452144498
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 12/23/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 77,212
File size: 15 MB
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Playboy: 50 Years: The Photographs 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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An enteraining look behine the lens
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book as a gift for my fiance for his birthday. He has been a Playboy subscriber and fan for the past 10 years. I was not all that impressed by it. The photos were ok but not at all what I thought they would be. Not really as many photos as I would have thought either. Some of the info was interesting but mainly, only good reading for a rainy day!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been a playboy magazine fan and have a great collection. The photography and art work in this book was great however the selection of content art and photos were not what i expected, some were not flatteringly to the model. I gave my book to a friend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my b/f for this coming Valentine's day and took a look at it after I purchased it. The art is wonderful and not tasteless at all but the overall articles and book was somewhat dissapointing for the price of $50. I think I'll return it. :(
Guest More than 1 year ago
My b/f and I live together and he a Playboy king. He has probably the largest collection ever, which I was not completely happy with. But I decided to this as a gift for him, since I knew it would be something of his interest. He loved it, and I sat down and look through it with him and I think it's beautiful and not distasteful at all. Great gift idea.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have blinders on, how can you appreciate a beautiful thing outside your sight? These pictures are exquisite in their color, composition and beauty of the female form. My husband and I BOTH thought they were sensual and I admire the beauty in women as people do in art. I let him do the same, becuase after all, beauty is something so rare, you should always indulge when it's there...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Walk outside, proceed to your nearest museum. Take in its artistry, encompass the beauty, feel your pulse quicken! Feel your body, give thanks for the pleasure of your senses. Give thanks for your gift of the body, respect and revere it. Try not to imitate the life of a Puritan. Blind condemnation will reaps its own accord. Marvelous book, illustrative of the migration of 20th century morality through various decades of tantalizing imagery. As much of a feast for the male libido as a portrait of a society coping with its own puritanical sexuality. Perhaps this struggle is reflected in such a high rate of teenage pregnancy. Americans never have seemed to coped with the need of their children to explore their own sexuality with responsible, and understanding assistance. Thoroughly recommend this volume!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This pictorial of past and present playmates shows just how far the world has come. Truly a site for you eyes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
... For the e-book edition
Guest More than 1 year ago
Playboy has been boring to read ever since Hugh Hephner gave the publication to his daughter to run. The poses of these past years are just boring. Get a Victoria Secret Catalog for free if you want better. Goto your local mall and you'll see better fashion. This would be a poor buy for your money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautiful women, great shots, lots of airbrushing. My wife bought this for me as an anniversary gift last week and was a bit confused because I didn't take much interest in her gift. Hef, I got news for you pal. I rather give my loving wife my time and attention not the plastic women you feature. Nothings sexier than a woman who's a real woman, big or small boobs, my wife's earned her stretch marks and I wouldn't want them airbrushed out of my memories. Perfect bodies may belong to those who live life in the fast lane of non-reality. But 50 years of trying means that there's too many men interested in women other than their wives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its funny how many mindless humans defend this. Oh no its not pornography...Well honey it is... Maybe the problem with America isnt that they dont accept human sexuality/sensuality maybe the problem is that they so often are eager to hide behind a word like art and not call 'it' what it is...