Paris: Patrick Remy Studio, 2021.
24 pp , 202 images. 21 x 26.5 cm
"Thomas Hauser’s book, Girls Seen, works like an archive of his work from the last 10 years. The 202 full page photographs show examples of his first portraits of women and girls taken with a large format camera, to Hauser’s current work as a fashion photographer. Girls Seen features women in varying outfits – from fully dressed to nude – often seated on chairs. Hauser’s women, with their unabashed stares into the camera, claim to hide nothing; and yet, the viewer detects surprise on their faces. Their secrets are not so crude as to be made obvious in the photos, but because of the way Hauser situates each model, each is distanced from both the viewers and herself – thus creating a hidden dialogue. The beauty of the model lies in her ignorance. None of the girls know what they are supposed to hide, and yet all of them keep their eyes wide open, staring, daring, even, for the viewers to search. These women act as mirrors of human beauty’s frail ordinariness. Each blatant image offers a hint of sensitivity. That hint is where the viewers sit, like these women, exactly where Thomas Hauser wants: contemplating the beauty of what looks normal, and knowing that true simplicity cannot be common. For beauty is never ordinary, even in its nakedness." Publisher's statement. Item #21473