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The Atlas of Beauty: Women of the World in 500 Portraits (Hardcover)
In a world that bombards us with ideals of beauty through the media, photographer Noroc has rehabilitated that term. All women struggle with societal standards, whether they be pressures to be modest and cover up, or the reverse, to "pretty up." Noroc's portraits of women from around the globe -- from young girls to matrons, mothers and sisters; from Guatemala to North Korea-allow us to reevaluate the term by considering their lives. Each photo comes with a unique caption; making the biggest impression on me was a son's proud comment on his mother (Nepal) at the bottom of page 239. This book is gorgeous and inspiring.— From Caitlin
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.
About the Author
MIHAELA NOROC lives in Bucharest, Romania, and has traveled to 55 countries in the last four years working on her ongoing photography project The Atlas of Beauty, which is documented on her blog (theatlasofbeauty.com) and on her enormously popular Instagram (@the.atlas.of.beauty) and Facebook (The Atlas of Beauty) pages. Mihaela’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Forbes and she has appeared on CNN, the BBC, and Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday.
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