A publisher, a store, a person and a dessert topping (ok, not a dessert topping), Taschen is a name synonymous with scrumptious photography hard covers. Sometimes releasing somewhat saucy titles. This week I take a look at some of the lineâ€™s most recent books.
The Big Butt Book
This is the book that started this weekâ€™s column; I saw it advertised and new I had to get my hands on itâ€¦the book that is. Compiled by Taschenâ€™s book editor Dian Hansen (she is the editor of all the books I am featuring here today), The Big Butt Book is a photography hard cover that â€œputs the backside front and center.â€ Although we are all well aware that the female tush, culo, derriÃ¨reâ€™s primary purpose is functional-to balance our bodies while running-ask any pygophiliac (the clinical term for butt fansâ€¦see, who says you donâ€™t learn important stuff reading this column!) and theyâ€™ll declare that the female bottom exists to please eye, hands andâ€¦
The BBBÂ is the fourth installment of Dian Hanson’s critically acclaimed body parts series, featuring over 400 photos from 1900 to the present day. Including work byÂ Elmer Batters, Ed Fox, Terry Richardson andÂ Sante D’Orazio,Â more importantly the women featured are everyone from petiteÂ Pam Anderson to Serena Williams. There are also interviews with such notable butt experts like John (Buttman) Stagliano, Robert Crumb,Â and â€œbootylicious butt queensâ€Â Buffie The Body and Coco.
Composite photos featuring exotic locales and lush interiors, even the â€œneon-washed nighttime streets of Manhattanâ€ commercial/fashion photographer Howard Huangâ€™s Urban Girls features ample-bottomed ladies like singer Jacki-O,Â actress Vida Guerra and reality-TV star Risky Jones.Â Whether on shiny motorcycles, robbing banks with guns drawn or hunting big game, these ass-kicking girls are showing their ample asses in this hardcover photo book specifically exploring the niche market of African-American and Latina bikini models in all their big-bottomed, slightly nefarious glory.
Special “incognito” edition of Ed Fox
L.A. native Ed Fox celebrates female feet. One of the first photographers to capture diva pin-up Dita von Teese, as well as taking pics of beauties like Tera Patrick, Aria Giovanni and Belladonna, for this more-than-fetish-ized photo book about…feet. As Ed says â€œThe most tempting part of a woman’s body is her feet. Feet are a woman’s second body, the one I can visually enjoy without her being offended or even aware, and never would I have imagined that my little secret would attract so many people.â€ And here I thought it was butts!Â Foxâ€™s â€˜incognitoâ€™ special edition has an hour-long DVD featuring many of the stars, with an original musical score and a â€œPanic Coverâ€ that can be reversed to a realistic-looking academic book (see pic).
So there you have it, a little run down on whatâ€™s new from the artsy, high-end, often times slightly naughty Taschen. You can pick up these books at any bookstore or if youâ€™re in the neighborhood, visit their Soho location, or the 9 other locations worldwide.
For more information on the books go to http://www.taschen.com/ or head over to their store in NYC at http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/stores/979.store_new_york.1.htm.