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Updated Edition

Ralph Gibson. Nude

70Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)Availability: September 2, 2024
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 such greats as Man Ray and Edward Weston, while continually pursuing new frontiers.
Hardcover9.3 x 12.4 in.5.14 lb352 pages
Updated Edition
Ralph Gibson. Nude

Ralph Gibson. Nude


Perfectly Intimate

The infinite subtlety of the female form

Sensual and softly surreal, the nude photography of Ralph Gibson frames the female form both organically and graphically, referencing art history while also innovating in the arena of erotic imagery, at once summoning visceral sensation and calling out for tactile attention. Thumb through this exquisite tribute to the contours and curves of womanhood and experience the intimacy of the photographic lens.

Reviving TASCHEN’s sold-out Collector’s Edition, this tribute gathers the best of Gibson’s exquisite nudes alongside some of his most recent works in an accessible, revised format, complete with a fresh in-depth interview by Eric Fischl. Strikingly graphic, meticulously composed, and loaded with subtle provocations, the master photographer’s mysterious, dreamlike images pay homage to greats such as Man Ray and Edward Weston, while continually pursuing new frontiers.

"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
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 a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2002.

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
Hardcover23.7 x 31.6 cm2.33 kg352 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-6888-3

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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22 Ratings


Zoltan,November 16, 2021
Ralph Gibson is a true master. Is a first class book and the quality is to the highest standards. The images are exquisite and show the details of a woman's body, both in parts and in total. This book is one that you will keep.

Two good reasons

Marcello C.,November 7, 2021
A first good reason for having this book is that Gibson's photos aren't easy to find. A second good reason is that Gibson is an unusual nude photographer. You will not have glossy nudes of fashion models with manicured details and very fine grain. Gibson's models are often "normal" but, on the contrary, the shots, the poses are unusual. But these photos are striking. They almost always strike subliminally. Gibson accesses the senses in an indirect, collateral way. And the color photos are even more insidious, which seem out of fashion, out of fashion.

Not fond of this color nudes

Stephen,November 1, 2021
I'm not fond of the color pictures, the selection could have been a bit more strict (but at the same time it wouldn't have shown the diversity of Gibson's work)

Un must !

Renaud,October 30, 2021
Un photographe, un œil, un superbe livre qui invite à cultiver son regard ou simplement contempler de magnifiques photos en noir et blanc. Assister à une de ses conférences est en plus, un régal.

Creative photos of naked women

Botond,October 29, 2021
Large album with exciting, colorful, creative photos.