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SilverEye

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SilverEye

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SilverEye

by Guido Argentini

teNeues Publishing Company, 2002/128pp/$50 (hb).

Guido Argentini's book SilverEye is a compilation of nude images taken over a twelve-year period starting in 1984. The ninety-eight technically superb black-and-white images of predominately white females can be categorized into styles that include Weston-like nudes in nature, typical glamour images, sculptureesque works, and geometric studies of the body. With such a varying range of work, it is no wonder that the book's layout is inconsistent. The imagery does not become repetitive, since the eye is seeing a new genre of nudes every few pages, yet this layout makes it difficult to compare stylistically similar pieces. A certain lack of cohesion can also be found throughout the introduction in which Argentini's statements skip from one topic to another.

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Many of these nudes look uncomfortably familiar. The nudes in nature tend to create this feeling. These images of women, either among dry desert landscapes, or rocky seashores, evoke the thematic locales where Edward Weston once photographed his nudes. These images are so similar to Weston's that they feel uncomfortable. Many of these nudes echo Weston's artistic approach of "infinite combinations of lines which are presented with every move" but it is not consistent throughout Argentini's photographs. An image of a woman lying on a dry lakebed with an arched back, closed eyes, and legs and arms spread open, creates a very sexual and exploitive feeling, all the more present as we know that these are paid models. …

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