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BOOK REVIEWS

Stripped Bare

Two photographers capture wild-spirited youths in raw, uncensored snapshots

(Left) REN HANGEdited by Dian Hanson, Published by Taschen, Cologne, 2016. Softcover with color illustrations, 311 pages.

(Right) RED FLOWER: THE WOMEN OF OKINAWA, By Mao Ishikawa, Published by Session Press, New York, 2017. 

Softcover with black-and-white illustrations, 112 pages. 

The 29-year-old Chinese photographer Ren Hang enjoyed a busy, successful career with a full exhibition calendar before he committed suicide in Beijing in February 2017. Ren’s penchant for producing straightforward, self-consciously posed color portraits of nude women and men engaging…

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