Perfectly intimate

The infinite subtlety of the female form

"A photographer once said that beauty in women is endless. Perhaps it was I who said it. [...] I love photographing women and could say that the form of the female body is absolute and perfect." —Ralph Gibson

Master photographer Ralph Gibson returns with an exquisite collection of nudes, combining the best of his work with an in-depth interview by Eric Fischl. Strikingly graphic, meticulously composed, and loaded with subtle provocations, Gibson’s mysterious, dreamlike images pay homage to greats such as Man Ray and Edward Weston, while continually pursuing new frontiers.

First published in TASCHEN’s limited edition — now available in this standard hardcover edition!

"Ralph Gibson practices the nude like a musician tireless rehearsing his scales. Now the unclassifiable photographer has gathered together the fruits of more than forty years of work in a lyrical, poetic and highly collectable book. (...)...a beautiful, imposing book (...)."
The photographer:
Ralph Gibson began taking pictures while in the U.S. Navy in the 1950s, and later assisted Dorothea Lange and Robert Frank before establishing his own studio in New York. The recipient of NEA and Guggenheim grants, Gibson was made an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 1986.

The author:
Eric Fischl is an internationally renowned figurative painter and sculptor. Born in New York and educated in Arizona and California, he is currently based in the New York area with his wife, painter April Gornik.
Ralph Gibson. Nude (TASCHEN 25 Edition)

Ralph Gibson. Nude

Ralph Gibson,
Hardcover, 10.6 x 14.1 in., 336 pages
$ 69.99
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
Availability: In Stock
  • Reviews
"This special edition offers the reader an insight into a dreamlike world where the subject gets the full attention it deserves. As you leaf through the pages, you’ll be treated to a visual feast of sensuous nude models in surreal poses... There is a saying, “Do not judge a book by its cover” – but in this case, please do. What you see here is definitely what you get."
—, United Kingdom
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Hardcover, 9.8 x 13.4 in., 540 pages
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