The Atlas of Beauty

The Atlas of Beauty

Women of the World in 500 Portraits

Book - 2017
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Based on the author's online photography project, this stunning collection features portraits of 500 women from more than 50 countries, accompanied by revelatory captions that capture their personal stories.

Since 2013 photographer Mihaela Noroc has traveled the world with her backpack and camera taking photos of everyday women to showcase the diversity of beauty all around us. The Atlas of Beauty is a collection of her photographs celebrating women from all corners of the world, revealing that beauty is everywhere, and that it comes in many different sizes and colors. Noroc's colorful and moving portraits feature women in their local communities, ranging from the Amazon rainforest to London city streets, and from markets in India to parks in Harlem, visually juxtaposing the varied physical and social worlds these women inhabit. Packaged as a gift-worthy, hardcover book, The Atlas of Beauty presents a fresh perspective on the global lives of women today.
Uniform Title: Photographs. Selections
Publisher: California : Ten Speed Press, [2017]
Characteristics: 351 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399579950 (hardcover)
Call Number: 779.24 NOROC


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Nov 27, 2018

An excerpt, which took this book from maybe a 3 or 4 star book down to the half star I gave it:

I photographed her after a long day of work. She comes each morning from her small village to sell vegetables in this big city. Although she's only fifteen, her family found her future husband two years ago, and the arranged marriage will take place soon. In many parts of the world, girls have to become women at a very early age, without passing through adolescence. You can see the maturity in their grown-up gazes."

Most of the book is just traveling, collecting pictures and stories without much commentary. The commentary up until this page was simple, honest, non-judgemental. I find the last two sentences of this paragraph (her commentary) sickening. This is a child she is describing. She doesn't look mature or grown-up. She looks resigned or hopeless. Unlike in the USA, child marriage actually IS illegal in India, even though it still happens. Forcing a child into marriage and letting some stranger rape her doesn't make her into a woman. The story that she collected was bad enough, but the lens she attempts to frame it in makes it worse. As if it's okay. It isn't.

Apr 02, 2018

Photographer Mihaela Noroc captures the diverse beauty of women from countries and cultures all around the globe in this true work of art. I read this aloud with my eight-year-old daughter, and we were both captivated.

Nov 24, 2017

Good photos but I found myself wondering about the individuals and their lives. Also, instead of multiple subjects from the same country, it would have been nice to see women from more countries - indigenous women from Australia, Borneo, New Guinea, Vietnam, Japan (Inu) , etc.

Sep 27, 2017

A sample of some of the photos Atlas of Beauty: women and girls around the world – in pictures


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