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    Ladefoged's pics show personality and humor, but many are also on the stark side. I didn't look through all of his photos but seem to recall some topless images that were less than flattering.

    And does all artwork have to be flattering?

    I've worked as a caricature artist, but have always tried to create kind cartoons. Many caricature artists really exaggerate facial features and characteristics in the most cruel ways possible, imo. Just depends on the person making those artistic decisions, whether they're operating a camera or a magic marker.
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    Looks like Martin Schoeller is back in the news again.

    In these gorgeous, in your face portraits of female bodybuilders, Martin Schoeller poses a challenge to viewers... to think outside the conventional box of beauty we are sold every day. These strong women can be found writ large on the walls of the Hasted Hunt Kraeutler Gallery, through August 27.











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    For an up close and personal view visit Hastead Hunt Kraeutler Gallery, 537 W. 24th St., NYC



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    Look at you knocking the dust off this thread.

    Again, I heard Schoeller ask Vicki Nixon not to smile. Purchase "Beyond the Pain: The Vick Nixon Story" to see the clip of him photographing Nixon.

    Many of the ladies seemed to be able to show off their personality even within the mugshot starkness which Schoeller seemed to have as his goal.

    Love this shot of Rivieccio.

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    Ibarramedia, is that Fannie Barrios?



    Fannie Josefina Barrios was born in Caracas, Venezuela on May 30, 1964. She was the Venezuelan champion in 1997 and 1998. She earned her pro card in 1998 when she won a contest called Absolute Center of the Americas in San Salvador. Her professional debut was at the 1999 Jan Tana Classic. In 2000 she moved to Florida with her husband, Alex Ramirez, and her daughter, Johadynis. There, she worked as a personal trainer and chef in the Miami area. She was a two-time class winner at the Jan Tana Classic, winning the middleweight class in 2001 and the lightweight class in 2002. Her final contest was the 2005 New York Pro Championship on May 21, where she finished in third place.

    On August 7, 2005, Fannie died at approximately 2 AM of an apparent stroke. She had spent the previous day helping out backstage at the NPC Southern States contest in Fort Lauderdale, where her husband was competing.


    [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fannie_Barrios[/ame]

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    Some shots were good, some were shit, most were meh.

    LOVE the one of Nadia Nardi, though. Of the ones you posted here, hers is the most beautiful.

    Bonny, Yaxeni, Annie, and C-Roth also look nice. Bonny's is really intriguing to me.

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    Coincidentally a recent review of this work suggested that the bodybuilding art as a whole was better than a celebrity series. I consider that something of a positive.

    Art review
    Martin Schoeller, “Female Bodybuilders”
    Schoeller’s images of female bodybuilders out-muscle his celebrity portraits.

    By Merrily Kerr

    Hasted Hunt Kraeutler, through Aug 27


    Can photos of babes in bikinis with big biceps be more than gratuitous? Martin Schoeller’s portraits of women bodybuilders pander to the inherent sensationalism of their topic, but also manage to transcend it, playing up deeply disconcerting contrasts between traits typically considered female (makeup, hair) and male (bulging muscles). He puts his subjects on pedestals as goddesses of discipline and self-control. By contrast, a second body of work largely deglamorizes the faces of celebrities who’ve agreed to pose for his flaw-baring lens.

    In the former series, Schoeller magnifies his sitters’ bulk, framing them from the waist up in enormous 61.5" x 50" photos. The same women (e.g., Christine Roth, Carmella Cureton) appear on bodybuilding blogs and websites in more feminine—and, perhaps, objectifying—poses, but Schoeller’s gender-bending emphasis on pumped-up arms and abs showcases hard-won physiques that rebuff mainstream ideals of the female physique. Valerie Belin’s images of bodybuilders (who look so shiny as to seem practically chromed) come to mind, but Schoeller’s subjects are proud and unique.

    In an ironic reversal, the best photos in the second series are of women with normal features and inflated personalities: an ethereal and unrecognizably dignified Paris Hilton; Sarah Palin, captured as a cipher constructed out of makeup. Most of these other portraits, however, are about as compelling as a driver’s-license picture. Marina Abramovic shows no trace of the pain and drive she’s poured into her career, while deadpan studies of Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld, clinical takes on Bill Murray and a dozy Kobe Bryant beg for something to make us take notice—be it brawn, beauty or brains.

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    Curt and Tre', those are the same photographs from 2 and a half years ago. They initially had a showing in San Francisco and other places. Nothing new as far as I'm concerned. I stumbled on it by accident and noticed thast they are showing it in New York this time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt James View Post
    Ibarramedia, is that Fannie Barrios?



    Fannie Josefina Barrios was born in Caracas, Venezuela on May 30, 1964. She was the Venezuelan champion in 1997 and 1998. She earned her pro card in 1998 when she won a contest called Absolute Center of the Americas in San Salvador. Her professional debut was at the 1999 Jan Tana Classic. In 2000 she moved to Florida with her husband, Alex Ramirez, and her daughter, Johadynis. There, she worked as a personal trainer and chef in the Miami area. She was a two-time class winner at the Jan Tana Classic, winning the middleweight class in 2001 and the lightweight class in 2002. Her final contest was the 2005 New York Pro Championship on May 21, where she finished in third place.

    On August 7, 2005, Fannie died at approximately 2 AM of an apparent stroke. She had spent the previous day helping out backstage at the NPC Southern States contest in Fort Lauderdale, where her husband was competing.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fannie_Barrios

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    Yes it is her. You also answered your own question. A caption on her portrait is also available in the link if you clicked on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt James View Post
    Look at you knocking the dust off this thread.

    Again, I heard Schoeller ask Vicki Nixon not to smile. Purchase "Beyond the Pain: The Vick Nixon Story" to see the clip of him photographing Nixon.

    Many of the ladies seemed to be able to show off their personality even within the mugshot starkness which Schoeller seemed to have as his goal.

    Love this shot of Rivieccio.

    Agreed! She looks really good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ibarramedia View Post
    Curt and Tre', those are the same photographs from 2 and a half years ago. They initially had a showing in San Francisco and other places. Nothing new as far as I'm concerned. I stumbled on it by accident and noticed thast they are showing it in New York this time.
    I assumed they were the same photos. Appreciate the bump and the info that they're on display again.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ibarramedia View Post
    Yes it is her. You also answered your own question. A caption on her portrait is also available in the link if you clicked on it.
    Have a habit of doing that. But, seriously, wanted to give a shout out for an athlete passed too soon. Fannie Barrios was only 41 (much too young) and according to her Wikipedia entry, "She had spent the previous day helping out backstage at the NPC Southern States contest in Fort Lauderdale, where her husband was competing."

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    Agreed! She looks really good.
    Rivieccio is one of my favorites.

    Terrible audio in this next vid, but doesn't she just exude personality? lol She is just a doll.



    And she has chickens.



    Better audio here. Kind of an odd video, but cool. All the best to Rivieccio in future competitions.



    Pics from her blog...




    Genex, Penny and Sonya

    Looks like they were taken the same time as the "party" vid.

    Her competitive record...

    Annie Rivieccio

    1988
    Atlanta Championships - NPC, Overall Winner
    Atlanta Championships - NPC, HeavyWeight, 1st
    Extravaganza - NPC, HeavyWeight, 2nd

    1991
    Junior Nationals - NPC, HeavyWeight, 2nd

    1992
    Nationals - NPC, HeavyWeight, 5th

    1994
    Nationals - NPC, HeavyWeight, 3rd
    USA Championships - NPC, HeavyWeight, 4th

    1995
    Nationals - NPC, HeavyWeight, 4th

    1996
    Nationals - NPC, HeavyWeight, 7th

    1997
    Nationals - NPC, HeavyWeight, 10th
    USA Championships - NPC, HeavyWeight, 2nd

    1998
    Nationals - NPC, HeavyWeight, 3rd

    1999
    Nationals - NPC, HeavyWeight, 5th

    2000
    USA Championships - NPC, HeavyWeight, 3rd

    2001
    Nationals - NPC, HeavyWeight, 14th

    2002
    USA Championships - NPC, HeavyWeight, 5th

    2003
    Nationals - NPC, HeavyWeight, 1st
    Nationals - NPC, Overall Winner
    USA Championships - NPC, HeavyWeight, 3rd

    2004
    Ms International - IFBB, HeavyWeight, 4th
    Night of Champions - IFBB, HeavyWeight, 7th
    Show of Strength Pro Championship - IFBB, HeavyWeight, 5th

    2005
    New York Pro Championships - IFBB, HeavyWeight, 1st
    Olympia - IFBB, Physique, 13th

    2006
    Ms International - IFBB, 7th
    Olympia - IFBB, Physique, 3rd

    2007
    Ms International - IFBB, 7th
    Olympia - IFBB, Physique, 10th

    2008
    Atlantic City Pro - IFBB, 7th
    Europa Supershow - IFBB, HeavyWeight, 3rd
    Ms International - IFBB, Physique, 9th
    New York Pro Championships - IFBB, 6th
    Tampa Bay Pro - IFBB, 6th

    Hey...

    So she didn't compete in 2009 or this year?

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    Annie is awesome. She also has horses besides chickens.
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    Here is the video clip of Martin working with Vicki Nixon that Curt mentioned in his OP.



    For what its worth I find Martin's work riveting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by debbiebramwell View Post
    Hated the book. I had no idea what was going on when I was asked to do this shoot at my show. I sat in the middle of these bright lights told not to make any expression. Thank god my pic wasnt horrible but it certainly was not me at all.I feel bad for every woman in the book. If I would have known what it was for and how it was going to turn out I wouldnt have done it. This book doesnt show him being an artist if you ask me.
    I love you Debbie, but I have to disagree. The pix aren't flattering, I know, but they are so REAL that I can't take my eyes off of them.

    A posed picture that looks exactly the way YOU want it to look is not the real you. It may be beautiful but it's not truth. Take it from a documentary filmmaker, it is only when the defenses come down and vanity is put aside that true art can come out.

    Those pictures tell more about the difficulties of doing what you athletes do than a thousand "pretty" pix. They are inspiring to me and speak deeply about the realities of bodybuilding.

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