My friend and housemate Marisa sent me these link with a sentence starting “you may already know about this book…”
I did already know, but thank you for reminding me.
From an article about photographer Frank Cordelle and the Century Project:
The gist of his project, he explains, is to document women of all ages as they truly are, from an infant at the moment of birth through a centenarian in her last years. While that may not sound so controversial, there’s a reason Cordelle’s work shows at nudist resorts and colleges instead of museums, and why he had such a hell of a time getting his book published. His photos, although profoundly moving to some viewers, come as a shock to many, particularly when viewed out of context. Nude depictions of children and seniors are by nature taboo in a culture rooted in Puritanism. And most, although not all, of his subjects bear physical or mental scars, or struggle with their body image. Some are obese, anorexic, or bulimic. Some have been raped or abused. Some are afflicted with disease, while others have inflicted pain upon themselves.
The Century Project- the book- can be purchased here.
Photography by Vincent Smith, taken in October, 2006.
P.S. Happy Birthday, Marisa! Remember, 30 is the new 20!