le 2 décembre 2008
This is a gorgeous book of fine art photography that truly showcases the grace and elegance of the naked female form. During the last decade, German photographer Ralf Mohr has produced several classic books of nude photography including, Pregnant Nudes, Family Nudes, and Contemporary Nude Portraits. Naked Dance and Gymnastics is certainly equal to Mohr's previous efforts - with it's large format, flawless production qualities, and magnificent photography - but Mohr ventures into new territory here. This work is extremely sensual!
Mohr's subjects are dancers, gymnasts, and athletes, and they are all spectacular physical specimens. His photographs capture their grace, their rhythm, and their spellbinding elegance. They are completely nude in every shot and perform in Mohr's darkened studio, so as to minimize every possible distraction save for their perfect forms. Mohr masterfully captures their taut bodies, their impossible lines, and their strength in exquisite black & white. It's truly a feast for the eyes. But more intimate shots are included too - where his subjects spread their legs, thrust their hips up, and bend and contort - and we are allowed to witness every tantalizing angle and view their most intimate body parts. Although this in no way detracts for the overall work, it's quite stirring, and will undoubtedly arouse many viewers.
All in all, Naked Dance and Gymnastics is a masterpiece of black & white nude photography. It presents a vision of female strength mixed with grace and beauty and sensuality that is absolutely dazzling.