Physique : Classic Photographs of Naked Athletes - Kuhnst, Peter

Physique : Classic Photographs of Naked Athletes

Peter Kuhnst

Yayınevi: Thames & Hudson

Yayın tarihi: 05/2004

ISBN: 9780500284759

İngilizce | 176 Sayfa |

Tür: Fotoğraf

  • 25,00 £ | 157,00 TL

The history of sports is also a history of nude photography. Sports and games – indeed all forms of physical culture – have always been practised in a state of at least semi-nudity, yet never before have both the sensual and erotic aspects of sports been celebrated with such enthusiasm.

Peter Kühnst’s thoughtful selection of images traces the history of the nude athlete in photography from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. From Eadweard Muybridge’s motion studies of runners and javelin throwers, through European Naturism, the painterly photography of Pictorialism and Leni Riefenstahl’s work under the Third Reich, to stunning contemporary photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe, Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber and Annie Leibovitz, the list of photographers is long and varied, and their styles range from traditional to rebellious to humorous to provocative.

This sumptuous and beautifully-printed survey is sure to captivate both lovers of fine photography and sports fans.

Peter Kühnst was born in Heiligenstadt, East Germany, in 1946. A world-class gymnast, he moved to Cologne in 1974 following his release from confinement as a political prisoner in East Germany. He is now Professor of Sports Science at the University of Bochum in Germany, and the author of the critically acclaimed 'Sports: A Cultural History in the Mirror of Art'.

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