Thomas Karsten
Born 1958 in Eisenach, grew up in Leipzig, lives and works since 1982 close to Munich.
After having worked in other artistic branches, he feels appointed to photography at the age of 21. Since 1983 he works for journals and magazines such as Stern, Art, Eltern, Nerve (New York), Capital. His first individual publication receives the Kodak-Fotobuchpreis in 1988. Thomas Karsten internationally emerged particularly through his other 15 photo books which are the results of the work on different subjects of nude photography for years. Hereby he advanced to the most published nude photographer in Germany.
His nude photography can be found in many important international publications.
"For Thomas Karsten eroticism doesn't have anything dramatic, rather something light and cheerful, and one can observe the pleasure of the women who pose for his nude pictures …" (Die Zeit, zu "Love Me")
"An erotic flush on cellluloid - almost like a novel from Henry Miller." (playboy)
Exhibits of his pictures, among others with works of Helmut Newton and Allan Jones, we able to be viewed worldwide; among others in the Kamera- und Fotomuseum (Leipzig), in the Galerie Les Larmes d'Eros (Paris), in the Erotic Art Museum (Hamburg) and in the Galleria d'Arte Moderna (Bologna).


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HEAT.
texts in English, Spanisch and German. Pictures of Bianca, 240 pages, Format 25,5 x 19 cm, Hardcover with american dust jacket. 39,90 Euro. Printed in color. A book to fall in love with!
Eur 39,90, SFr 69,40
SBN 978-3-88769-378-7


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Bianca wrote Thomas Karsten the following e-mail a year ago …
Hello: My name is Bianca.Im 21 years old.
At the moment I am living in Berlin (studying german). In July I go again to Palma de Mallorca(Spain) were I live .
Your work is fantastic and I will be a pleasure to work with you. I am available to travel. I hope to recive news about you. Congratulations for your photographics works. Bianca

From this developed an intensive team-work in the next months.
Wild, cheerful pictures developed, outside and inside, on Majorca, in Berlin and elsewhere, on the street, in bed, alone and with other women.
The pictures vibrate of pleasure, produce heat, we don't come across "cool" beauty in this book, but hot natural desire.

 

White Line. A couple making love. 29,5 x 33,5 cm, special edition 500 copies only. Euro 169,-


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exampels from he book.
240 pages, Format 19 x 24,5 cm, Hardcover with american dust jacket. 39,90 Euro. Texts in German and English, printed in Triplex +Special color metallic blue. A book to fall in love with!
Eur 39,90, SFr 69,40
ISBN 978-3-88769-345-9

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The pictures of Sarah and her friends carry the observer away into the middle of a magical, sometimes cheerful, sometime serious, almost ending and then anew ablazing love story. Can you love someone with a camera? You can.
These, like in an album, preciously printed works convey the closeness, the intimacy and the electric atmosphere between the two, the photographer and his model Sarah. And they show Sahrah´s pleasure in presenting herself, also her shyness, her seriousness, her liveliness, her desire, her sex. And her close relationship to her girlfriends.
One glance, one movement jumps out at you, the relationship between the photographer and the model becomes visible. For this reason the observer, in place of the photographer, is drawn by the pictures. However he is not a voyeur. He isn´t watching some love scenes with unknown lovers. He himself can love. He sees "she" and in each picture there are moments which always also tell a universal story of love. The pictures affect, emit warmth, are fun, arouse sometimes and at the same time move away from reality into the imaginary, into a dream, into a big sensation which is real and unreal at the same time. They touch borders. The lovers as artists.


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Women Only - Days of intimay - Nude photographs together only Eur 89,- (safe 15 euros)

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new in november 2005:
Nude Photographs. Twenty Six Years.
160 p. Format: 28 x 24 cm, 24,90 Euro. Texts in german and English.

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Photographs from 26 years. Arranged in the order of their occurrence the pictures in this book can be read like a novel. Some of the women turn up time and time again, others you encounter only once.Thomas Karsten's photos unfold a silent, long-lasting kind of magic.



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2004: WOMEN ONLY
Photographs with texts from Paulina Schulz and a preface from Peter Weiermair. 288 p. Hardcover with american dust jacket. Format: 30 x 24 cm, 49,90 Euro. Texts in german and English.
"A wide variety of women presents the hitherto thickest book WOMEN ONLY from the well-known Nude-Photographer Thomas Karsten. Numerous new and until now unpublished black and white photographs portray very different women and female pairs - not pleasing but diverse. Karsten shows the individual beauty and sensuality of every woman. Without pretending or endeavoured poses his pictures transfer an intensive emotionality and varied erotic. Together with the poetic reflexions of Paulina Schulz is this exclusively arranged book an optical and sensual pleasure."
„....You know your job as an artist like being inspired by angels. You take pictures like a poet or painter. You show naked people and let them really speak. I don't think that until now anybody could describe the fascination you arouse." Alexander Scholz.

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Thomas Karsten YYETTE
book with CD. A bibliophilic deliciousness. 80 pages, 5-colour-print with UV-lacquer, hardcover, linen, CD with moving pictures, music and interaction. Preface: Alexander Scholz, Text: Paulina Schulz. sale: konkursbuch Verlag Claudia Gehrke, Euro 69,-
The book is dedicated to one model, Yvette. Intensive picture sequences exclusively arranged. A piece of jewellry. Contains also a film, moving erotic pictures from the series Yvette, with extra composed music. Pictures that remind of the film-esthetics of the Roaring Twenties. The text to the pictures was written by the author Paulina Schulz from Erfurt.


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Days of Intimacy
160 p., 145 pictures duotone, hardcover with dust jacket, texts from Holde Barbara Ullrich and Stefanie. Format approx. 26 x 21cm. 29,90 Euro. Jan 2003. 2nd edition bookfair 2003 ISBN 3-88769-197-0. 3rd . Text in German and English.


"She is naked, splays her legs, caresses her breast. Orgasm in front of the clicking camera. A very young, vulnerable face. It takes the very intimate photosession Es nimmt der äußerst intimen fotografischen Inszenierung ihres Körpers alles every vulgarity...

A whole book only with this young woman. Stefanie, hairdresser from Leipzig, just over twenty. You have to take a close look into her face otherwise you will loose it after some pages &endash; so clearly is the metamorphosis. Only her body remains recognizable, innocent as well as alluring..." (Holde-Barbara Ulrich)

It is the first time that Thomas Karsten takes so many photos from one woman during a short and intensive period. Some days together, some weeks. Days that become more and more beautiful and intimate. A love story, mainly defined by the camera, arises. Two people get very close together in this ecstatic situation. They are together because they want to photograph. They didn't know each other before. A dreamworld where nothing but talking, laughing, romping, sleeping and - taking pictures counts. Primarily timid, the woman increasingly wants to capture every mood in a photo. She asks the photograher again and again to take a picture from this or another expression. Her pleasure, her timidity, her seriousness, her hilarity, her sadness, her lust...

"Definitely our favorate book. The format, the design, the price, the paper - everything is perfect..." (Stephanie Kuhnen and Sophie Hack, bookstore "Lustwandel")

"An erotic flush on cellluloid - almost like a novel from Henry Miller." (playboy 2/2003)

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also possible order about us: Heute nackt (2003) . Young people. 200 p., Colorphotographs, Euro 49,90. Preface by Claudia Gehrke. Text in german

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Moments of Intensity

New edition 2004. photographs, format 30 x 24, linen, thread stitching., dust cover., approx. 160 photographs duotone, 192 S.,Texts from Jennifer Baumgardner (Writer and author for well-knon magazines in New York) and Sigrun Casper, Euro 39,80. Texts in German and English.

Women and couples of women, a sensual closeness between the photographer and the women being shot, also an exciting closeness between the women on one picture…

„Subtile tension between model and photographer" (Die Rheinpfalz)

„For friends of erotic abandon." (Ulrich Greiner, DIE ZEIT)

"The moppet-ty girl sitting on the table top, smoking, with orchid wallpaper behind her. The sweater-clad girl on the roof with relatively intact pubic hair. The sexy brunette with tangled hair, lying on her side, contorted into a weirdly comfy-looking knot. The sad-sack blond with the short hair who sits in slumpy Indian style and whose pointy breasts look like wee inverted Matterhorns. The two pierced Joan Jett-style lesbians who look not transcendent or ecstatic or even titillated, but contented in their nestling pose. Maybe these are the shots not just of women, but for women.
After all, for a girl -or a couple of girls- to stand naked in front of the familiar probe of a man with a camera taking a peek, relaxation is the most intense (and rare and delicious) moment of all
(Jennifer Baumgardner, New York City)

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Love Me
3. edition 2003. Hardcover, 192 pages, aprox. 160 photographs, with English and German texts, euro 39,90
The women in this book stage themselves very sensually and with a desire for their own bodies. They exhale a yearning to be loved. The search for closeness, for emotions, for an exchange of feelings is clearly visible. Sometimes a melancholic mode, a lonely gaze, a lost gesture. Sometimes an invitation is visible in the pictures. However, this invitation has nothing in common with the cool and impersonal stagings as "sex-objects". The women here don't offer themselves, they show their emotions. Thomas Karsten manages to capture these fragile moments. It is obvious that the women have known him for a long time and model for him over a longer period of time. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly; it is an atmosphere that makes it possible to see true emotions in Thomas Karsten's pictures.

“Für Thomas Karsten hat Erotik nichts Dramatisches, eher etwas Leichtes und Heiteres, und den Frauen, die sich für seine Aktfotos in Positur stellen, merkt man ihr Vergnügen an …” (Die Zeit)

“Diese Bilder kommunizieren mit dem Betrachter, sind lebendig und dadurch ein Triumph der alltäglichen Schönheit … so oder so ähnlich würde man die eigenen PartnerInnen auch gerne ins Bild setzen.” (Hersfelder Zeitung)

"Noch nie habe ich soviel weibliche Sinnlichkeit und Süße und Schönheit in so vielen Facetten in einem einzigen Buch gesehen"(Reacha Jungmann)

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Titelbild des BuchesLust an sich - Lust in itself
Hardcover, 3. ed. 2001. Photographs in black & white and color, Euro 39,90
Includes texts by R.Mißelbeck (Museum Ludwig) and Jutta Ana Dobler, who writes about her experience with being photographed and about the erotics of it.
The pictures in this book have nothing in common with the distanced and for outsider constructed pictures of male erotic photography. Rather they portray women who refer completely to themselves as the center of attention and who love their bodies, thus presenting themselves tenderly and without artificial posing and staging. In this way they are convincingly beautiful and very sensual.

Special edition of the book: From the first edition with a numbered and signed original print by the artist, for euro 250,-

“Something holy, forbitten is inherent in these scenes, something very subtile erotic." (Hans-Jürgen Heinrichs, Zürcher Ztg.)

"Karsten brings honest nudes and an almost feminine look. For genre-lovers Kartens best photobook untill now is indispensible." (Fotomagazin)
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Titelbild des BuchesThomas Karsten (photographs) Holde-Barbara Ulrich (texts): Messer im Traum. Transsexuelle in Deutschland.
color and duotone,Eur 19,90
Portraits of F to M or M to F transsexuals, living in Germany. German
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