Athlete Hardcover – Oct 3 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
This striking coffee-table photo gallery looks at the human body in its fastest, strongest and most agile forms. The male and female athletes pictured here are pinnacles of physical achievement in sports from table tennis to sumo wrestling; they appear oiled, sweaty and clad in skimpy black briefs and sports bras as they leap, sprint, swing and flex in minimalist surroundings, with only the essential paraphernalia of their game. Schatz, an art and commercial photographer known for his underwater photography of dancers and models in books like Water Dance and Pool Light, turns away from the sylph-like subjects of his previous work to look not only at the classical physiques of swimmers and boxers but at spindly marathoners, bloated wrestlers, bulging bodybuilders and others whose eccentric or even grotesque body types are required for specialized athletic performance. His interest in the body as an abstract form continues with geometricist action montages and close-ups of bunched muscles and strangely foreign-looking body parts. The resulting pictures are sometimes beautiful and sometimes not, but they are always arresting. Brief essays by sportswriters George Vecsey and Ira Berkow engagingly explore the arduous discipline and intellectual acuity demanded of champion athletes. Over 200 color and b&w photographs.
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About the Author
The photographs of Howard Schatz are included in private collections, museums, and photography galleries worldwide.
His three most recent books are the richly humorous and playfully elegant Body Knots, which breaks new ground with its view of the body; Passion and Line, an arrestingly beautiful photographic profile of dancers; and Pool Light, the thrilling ensemble of underwater images that was featured in magazines around the world, including France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Russia, Israel, and Japan. The stunning images from that work also appeared in the United States in Time, Life, American Photo, Entertainment Weekly, and the New York Times.
Schatz's editorial and fashion photography is seen regularly in his extraordinary images for such advertising clients as Nike, Finlandia Vodka, MGM Grand Hotel, Virgin Records (the Janet Jackson music video "Every Time"), Dannon, Wolford Swimbodies, Pantene, BarelyThere, AT&T, IBM, Showtime, and Mercedes-Benz.
Each of Schatz's books is the result of a unique collaboration with award-winning producer and senior editor Beverly Ornstein, his wife and business partner. Together they live and work in New York, His next book will be a monumental collection of photographs profiling the world's top two hundred athletes.
The fine art photography of Howard Schatz is represented in New York by SoHo Triad Fine Arts.
Top Customer Reviews
These are beautiful bodies, to be sure, and Schatz so successfully has objectified many of these athletes that it seems certain that some of them did not recognized themselves in the finished photographs. The pictures must be seen, as words do not do them justice, not even those famous "1000 words" that a picture is said to be worth.
This book will appeal to anyone who admires the art of photography, and it also will interest anyone who has a love of sports.
With Nude, he showed incredible creativity with the naked body. In my opinion, Athlete is the most remarkable presentation of the athletic body ever done. The juxtaposition of all of the body types and Schatz's ability to portray the beauty and grace of both athletes in action as well as capturing their personalities is fantastic!
Anyone who loves photography, Schatz's work and athletes will love his latest work.
Most recent customer reviews
Clearly the writer of the previous review has an ideological---not aesthetic---agenda. I wish people like him would solve their own personality problems and stop venting on public... Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2002 by John Campbell
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