The Atlas of Beauty
Photographs and stories of 500 women from around the world, based on the author's hugely popular website.Since 2013 Mihaela Noroc has travelled the world with her backpack and camera taking photos of everyday women to showcase the diversity and beauty all around us. The Atlas of Beauty is a collection of her photographs that celebrates women from fifty countries across the globe and shows that beauty is everywhere, regardless of money, race or social status, and comes in many different sizes and colours. Mihaela's portraits feature women in their native environments, from the Amazon rain forest to markets in India, London city streets and parks in Harlem, creating a mirror of our varied cultures and proving that beauty has no rules.'Stunning . . . aims to challenge the ideals of beauty dictated by the women's fashion magazine industry' Independent'A startling and revealing project' Daily Mail'Scrolling through "The Atlas of Beauty", beauty becomes not a universal standard, but a complicated tapestry' Huffington Post

The Atlas of Beauty Details

TitleThe Atlas of Beauty
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 26th, 2017
PublisherPenguin Books Ltd
ISBN-139781846149412
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Art, Photography, Travel, Art and Photography

The Atlas of Beauty Review

  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    This collection seemed like the perfect blend between Strong Is the New Pretty by Kate T. Parker and Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York. So the wait to get approved for this ARC was nearly excruciating with me checking my emails every day for a week. But I'm glad to say that it lived up to the hype I created in my mind.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 This collection seemed like the perfect blend between Strong Is the New Pretty by Kate T. Parker and Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York. So the wait to get approved for this ARC was nearly excruciating with me checking my emails every day for a week. But I'm glad to say that it lived up to the hype I created in my mind.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.I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for the women featured in here. They bring dignity, strength, and inner beauty that shines from page to page. From each of them I learned or was reminded of something new, whether that be tolerance, kindness, resilience, natural and authentic beauty, serenity, strength, and generosity. Plus, the vibrant and colorful photographs really brought something new to the table. However, as captivating as the images were, I feel like the words that accompanied them, save for a few, failed to move me. In comparison to the collections I mentioned at the start of my review, it was difficult to ignore how bland the text is. I wanted to see what lies beneath the surface, to feel like we’re getting to know the person in front of us... But again, save for a few, I rarely encountered said emotion in this collection. Also: I'm low-key sad that the cover picture wasn't included in here.On a brighter note, I'd love to share the photographs of the enthralling women that captivated me:Pokhara, Nepal:Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan:New York, USA:Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan:Tehran, Iran:Nampan, Myanmar:Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador:I was truly surprised to see Eden Saban in the above, since she's quite well-known in Israel, thanks to being on the last season of Big Brother. So now I'm quite eager to find out if the author randomly stumbled upon her and asked for a picture, or if they set this up....On that bitter-sweet note, the sharp women and girls featured in The Atlas of Beauty have made a new fan out of me. I'm definitely interested in keeping up with Mihaela Noroc's photography works next in the making. Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying The Atlas of Beauty, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission! This review and more can be found on my blog.
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  • Mariℓina
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes I feel extremely blessed when I get to read a book before its release date and today is one of those amazing days. The Atlas of Beauty is the ultimate book for every photography buff, not just because it's filled with gorgeous photos, but mostly because of the enthralling stories it entails.The concept is simple but not an easy task for the photographer, I'm sure; real women in their native environment projecting their natural beauty and sharing their unique, inspiring stories with the Sometimes I feel extremely blessed when I get to read a book before its release date and today is one of those amazing days. The Atlas of Beauty is the ultimate book for every photography buff, not just because it's filled with gorgeous photos, but mostly because of the enthralling stories it entails.The concept is simple but not an easy task for the photographer, I'm sure; real women in their native environment projecting their natural beauty and sharing their unique, inspiring stories with the world.Mihaela Noroc succeeds in conveying the message she needs to in every photo and captivating the reader's mind in a very organic and wholesome way. I had been blown away by the sheer beauty of this book and I recommend it to everyone without a single doubt. Women of any color, size and origin are presented respectfully in a book that celebrates womanhood, diversity and acceptance. I found some of the stories heartbreaking and others very sweet but the undertone was too powerful not to hear it loud and clear: Hope, strength and unity.Yes, I fell in love with this gem and proudly so!THOUGHTS ABOUT THE BOOK - 50 Countries,- 500 Photos,- From London to Brazil... From Greece to India...- In the making since 2013- I want to congratulate the photographer for her work and for putting herself through a variety of difficulties and calamities in order to gather this incredible photo collection from around the world.ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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  • Lauren James
    January 1, 1970
    This was so lovely. It's really nice hearing stories from women all across the world. I would have liked the text to be a bit longer - some pictures didn't have any information about the woman, and I found I wanted to know more about them, Humans of New York style! - but it's a really lovely diverse collection.
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful book full of portraits of women from around the world. My favorite part is how the author has made notable effort in destroying the Eurocentric beauty standards that plague the world today, and how the author does it in a way that is respectful of women of color/non European cultures, instead of just race fetishizing. I love that part!!!
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    *I received an ARC copy from Netgally for an honest review.* This is actually the first photography book that I've ever reviewed. I decided to expand my horizon and now will be incorporating photography books. I definitely liked the concept of this photographers series. She had a dream to travel and photograph women and I congratulate her on doing something that she's always wanted to do. There are quite a few photographs and stand out to me and that I also thought she did an exceptional job on. *I received an ARC copy from Netgally for an honest review.* This is actually the first photography book that I've ever reviewed. I decided to expand my horizon and now will be incorporating photography books. I definitely liked the concept of this photographers series. She had a dream to travel and photograph women and I congratulate her on doing something that she's always wanted to do. There are quite a few photographs and stand out to me and that I also thought she did an exceptional job on. I applaud the photographer for only using natural light to light her subjects. Personally I favor natural lighting over using a bunch of heavy equipment and also because of flexibility. Also, natural lighting was the perfect type of lighting for these subjects and concept. If the photographer had used strobes and such then it would of gone against her concept in a way. The only issues I had with this book was the amount of type/lack of type and the formatting which might be different by time the finished copy is released. Some excerpts were one sentence and others were a full on two pages. I just wish there was more of a consistency with the formatting but I do understand that sometimes the individuals you are photographing don't have time to sit down and talk long. The one thing that irritated me about this book, and maybe it was because it was a ebook version, but matching up the photograph with the type was really confusing at times because the text would be out of or and then your having the flip pages back and forth. Also at random points in the book the text was red for a couple of lines. Other then the formatting issues I really did enjoy this book. I would be very interested to see what kind of other work this photographer creates in the future. I would definitely recommend this book!
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  • pi
    January 1, 1970
    Beauty is diverse 💕I would have loved to have more info of every photo (some of them don't even have a text) because I want to know more about all these women, but it is an amazing collection of pictures, and I love that it reflects diversity in terms of race, ability, and sexual orientation.
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  • roxi Net
    January 1, 1970
    Such a beautiful book celebrating the diversity of women around the world!
  • John Plowright
    January 1, 1970
    Pasolini’s ‘The Gospel According to St Matthew’ (1964) is remarkable in many ways, most obviously in its casting of ordinary-looking people. It takes a cinematic experience like that provided by Pasolini to make one realise just how much the visual media, and particularly film and photography, is dominated by the conventionally beautiful. Consider, too, the way in which advertising and fashion presents an image, particularly of women, which seems calculated to make most of us feel inadequate.‘Th Pasolini’s ‘The Gospel According to St Matthew’ (1964) is remarkable in many ways, most obviously in its casting of ordinary-looking people. It takes a cinematic experience like that provided by Pasolini to make one realise just how much the visual media, and particularly film and photography, is dominated by the conventionally beautiful. Consider, too, the way in which advertising and fashion presents an image, particularly of women, which seems calculated to make most of us feel inadequate.‘The Atlas of Beauty’ is intended, and mostly works, as a corrective to this state of affairs, comprising a collection of 500 portraits of women from around the world by Mihaela Noroc. It represents the fruits of a social media project which has seen the backpacking Romanian photographer take pictures of women in more than 50 countries, ranging from Afghanistan to Brazil and from Ethiopia to Central Mongolia.Noroc’s book celebrates diversity not only by ranging widely geographically but by depicting women of all sorts and variously occupied: the young, the middle aged and old; mothers-to-be, mothers and grandmothers; blondes, brunettes and redheads; working, shopping, dancing; and most other variations you can imagine. All are photographed in natural light and in natural, or at least naturalistic, poses. Most pages present one woman or sometimes offer two portraits. It is a tribute to the high quality of the images that one feels rather cheated by the ten pages in the book in each of which sixteen passport-size pictures are assembled, as one feels that each individual image is really deserving of its own page.Noroc’s commendable aim is to spread the message that inner beauty trumps the skin-deep kind. Thus for her beauty is about being yourself - natural and authentic – and her portraits certainly reveal women seemingly comfortable in themselves and thus able to meet her lens with a steadfast gaze.Noroc is clearly a very accomplished photographer but that raises a paradox: are her subjects naturally photogenic or have her skills rather made them seem so? Either way her book, like each of her women, is beautiful.
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  • Brooke
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful, diverse collection of portraits of women around the world. A range of ages, ethnicities, religions, occupations, and backgrounds are represented. Several photos are accompanied by names and stories, allowing readers to connect with the subjects.
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  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    Lovely photographs, but I would've liked to have seen more "stories". I was hoping for a globe-trotting version of Humans of New York. Didn't quite get that.
  • Gaby
    January 1, 1970
    Un despliegue de belleza increíble, creo que es importante comenzar a ignorar los estándares que la sociedad impone y ser nosotros mismos; conocer historias de mujeres de lugares tan lejanos y lo que se puede interpretar en una sola fotografía es fascinante.
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  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    This book comes from the author's online photography project, a glorious collection showing portraits of 500 women from more than 50 countries, with captions that help share their personal stories. Although this is my first photography book review, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of the women's pictures and reading the captions telling about their lives. I love the diversity and strength and hope for the future shown on all of its pages. Check it out if you get a chance. It expresses how beauty This book comes from the author's online photography project, a glorious collection showing portraits of 500 women from more than 50 countries, with captions that help share their personal stories. Although this is my first photography book review, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of the women's pictures and reading the captions telling about their lives. I love the diversity and strength and hope for the future shown on all of its pages. Check it out if you get a chance. It expresses how beauty comes in every age, shape, and shade. I was given an ARC by NetGalley, and the publisher for review.
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  • Stacy McCain
    January 1, 1970
    THE ATLAS OF BEAUTY by Mihaela Noroc will make you look at every woman you see differently. In this book full of gorgeous photography, Noroc captures women as they rise above adversity, follow their dreams, embrace their surroundings, and live out loud. It does not sugar coat the hardships but also celebrates the uniqueness of individuals and communities. I appreciated seeing all the culture in her photography and enjoyed reading the captions which show where the photo was taken and a small stor THE ATLAS OF BEAUTY by Mihaela Noroc will make you look at every woman you see differently. In this book full of gorgeous photography, Noroc captures women as they rise above adversity, follow their dreams, embrace their surroundings, and live out loud. It does not sugar coat the hardships but also celebrates the uniqueness of individuals and communities. I appreciated seeing all the culture in her photography and enjoyed reading the captions which show where the photo was taken and a small story behind it where applicable. I felt that the color combinations were so inspiring in the photos and appreciated how each wrinkle or tattoo or scar came across as beautiful. I also liked how Noroc grouped her photographs - showing how similar people can be who are all so different. I felt like my horizons were broadened after reading this book and will purchase it when it is released. For those that followed the beginning of this project on Facebook or for those that appreciate photography or all those that think that each person has their own beauty in the world, this book is for you. I received an ARC of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Melinda Sabo
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely stunning! This book is at once a lot of fun and a serious look at the grand diversity of beauty in women around the world. My favorite parts were when the picture was accompanied by the woman's story. That said, the photographs are very well done and speak on their own without the commentary. What I did not expect from this book and what I was pleasantly surprised by was how much flipping through the pages felt like going on an adventure with the author/photographer. This is the type Absolutely stunning! This book is at once a lot of fun and a serious look at the grand diversity of beauty in women around the world. My favorite parts were when the picture was accompanied by the woman's story. That said, the photographs are very well done and speak on their own without the commentary. What I did not expect from this book and what I was pleasantly surprised by was how much flipping through the pages felt like going on an adventure with the author/photographer. This is the type of high concept photography book you will open again and again. I recommend it!I was given advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ilana
    January 1, 1970
    It is a book that changes completely the way in which you look at travel and women photography in general. An unique visual journey through cultures and personalities, where what really matters is the way to use your eyes. Both the photography and the short stories behind them do tell stories worth at least one novel. A recommended read to anyone looking to different perceptions and travel stories on the road less traveled.Disclaimer: Book offered by the publisher in exchange for an honest revie It is a book that changes completely the way in which you look at travel and women photography in general. An unique visual journey through cultures and personalities, where what really matters is the way to use your eyes. Both the photography and the short stories behind them do tell stories worth at least one novel. A recommended read to anyone looking to different perceptions and travel stories on the road less traveled.Disclaimer: Book offered by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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  • Kelly (purplebookstand)
    January 1, 1970
    The Atlas of BeautyWomen of the World in 500 portraits. What a stunningly beauty book. I loved the concept of this book, Mihaela Noroc travelled the world taking pictures of women she came across along the way. The only thing I was disappointed with was that the format didn't really work with the kindle...the text was mixed up and not always near to the photo it corresponded with. However, it didn't take away from the visual spectacular that is The Atlas of Beauty. I'd love to see more in this s The Atlas of BeautyWomen of the World in 500 portraits. What a stunningly beauty book. I loved the concept of this book, Mihaela Noroc travelled the world taking pictures of women she came across along the way. The only thing I was disappointed with was that the format didn't really work with the kindle...the text was mixed up and not always near to the photo it corresponded with. However, it didn't take away from the visual spectacular that is The Atlas of Beauty. I'd love to see more in this style, absolutely jaw dropping. Five stars and more!
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  • Felicia
    January 1, 1970
    500 beautiful portraits of women from around the world as well as their stories. It's always amazing how similar we are but at the same time different enough to keep things interesting. The styles of dress and environments are different, but the one thing that runs through all of the photographs is the smiles these women have. Some of the stories shared in The Atlas of Beauty are so captivating I want to know where they are now; I want to know what their lives have been like since the picture wa 500 beautiful portraits of women from around the world as well as their stories. It's always amazing how similar we are but at the same time different enough to keep things interesting. The styles of dress and environments are different, but the one thing that runs through all of the photographs is the smiles these women have. Some of the stories shared in The Atlas of Beauty are so captivating I want to know where they are now; I want to know what their lives have been like since the picture was taken.
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  • Kristine
    January 1, 1970
    The Atlas of Beauty by Mihaela Noroc is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early September.Noroc makes it clear at the very beginning that, behind each of the 500 photos, are several women, who, despite their inner strength, kindness, and outer beauty, could not have their picture taken, due to feelings of fear, interpersonal reasons, or societal pressures. That being said, the inset stories behind a photo or the conversations that Noroc had with each person give a photo extra depth. So diver The Atlas of Beauty by Mihaela Noroc is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early September.Noroc makes it clear at the very beginning that, behind each of the 500 photos, are several women, who, despite their inner strength, kindness, and outer beauty, could not have their picture taken, due to feelings of fear, interpersonal reasons, or societal pressures. That being said, the inset stories behind a photo or the conversations that Noroc had with each person give a photo extra depth. So diverse and very beautiful in their own way.
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    I curious about this book because of Mihaela Noroc's instagram (https://www.instagram.com/the.atlas.o...). After reading this book, I really feel empowered as a woman. All women are beautiful, but media making women feel bad about their bodies and appearances. This book is very different! It makes me confident as a woman, without comparing with other women, because, everyone is different and unique.Thank you so much Mihaela Noroc for this book. It really changed my life.I received a free copy of I curious about this book because of Mihaela Noroc's instagram (https://www.instagram.com/the.atlas.o...). After reading this book, I really feel empowered as a woman. All women are beautiful, but media making women feel bad about their bodies and appearances. This book is very different! It makes me confident as a woman, without comparing with other women, because, everyone is different and unique.Thank you so much Mihaela Noroc for this book. It really changed my life.I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful photographs and a neat idea, but it could have been pushed much further. I would have loved this book had it worked from a broader definition of beauty. So many thin women, mostly cis, not much queerness. I understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and obviously the photographer can choose to photograph whom she thinks is beautiful, but I think her message of finding hope and common ground across distance, difference, and experience would have been much more impactful had t Beautiful photographs and a neat idea, but it could have been pushed much further. I would have loved this book had it worked from a broader definition of beauty. So many thin women, mostly cis, not much queerness. I understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and obviously the photographer can choose to photograph whom she thinks is beautiful, but I think her message of finding hope and common ground across distance, difference, and experience would have been much more impactful had the focus shifted away from conventional beauty.
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  • Leyla Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    This is a lovely book, the photo are fabulous and the little bit of information on some of the women are thought provoking , after all we are all pretty much alike under the skin and no matter where we live, but it takes a book like this to point it out to us. This would make a lovely book to dip into at leisure, as time will fly by, just looking the photos and the lives and places. Very good
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  • Regina Hunter
    January 1, 1970
    A showcase of varying and beautiful women of different ages and races. Photographer displayed a variation of beauties yes, but many are captured in their ethnic and natural settings. Women display different beauties and strengths, all appearing to be a small sample of their societies. Aesthetically pleasant, I cannot imagine not having this one in my collection.
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  • Marzie
    January 1, 1970
    About two and a half years ago, I came across an article in Elle that was making the rounds on social media. The article had some strikingly lovely photographs of young women around the world. There was some information about Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc and a link to her Instagram page, The Atlas of Beauty . In the magazine article, it's noted that Noroc was photographing only young women, providing a pretty dissatisfyingly narrow definition of beauty. But the photographs themselves w About two and a half years ago, I came across an article in Elle that was making the rounds on social media. The article had some strikingly lovely photographs of young women around the world. There was some information about Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc and a link to her Instagram page, The Atlas of Beauty . In the magazine article, it's noted that Noroc was photographing only young women, providing a pretty dissatisfyingly narrow definition of beauty. But the photographs themselves were beautiful and sometimes the brief stories of these young women's lives were quite interesting. It was a like a shorter, yet broader, version of Humans of New York, about women. So I followed her Instagram account. Over the following two years, with all the media attention she received, along with a book contract, Noroc began to broaden her subjects, including many older women and sometimes even young girls. I began to eagerly look forward to her posts. Where would she go next? Who would agree to be photographed and what was their story? Traveling to more than fifty countries, she began to capture the common themes in women's lives- their personal struggles, their love of their work, their aspirations, their love of their children. What has emerged in this book is that universal truth, that we are all more alike than we are different, and yet, Noroc has still managed to capture aspects of the unique cultural differences, and, with some delicacy, describe some of the challenges women face.After such a spectacular period (four years) of traveling the globe, sometimes with just a camera and backpack, I'm interested to see where Mihaela Noroc goes from here.If you are looking for an affordable coffee table book to give for the holidays, at $18 and 352 pages long, this is a very good selection. Plus, it will help further the photographer's work, which I'm certainly all for!Goodreads has a Giveaway for ten copies of this truly beautiful book, open until October 15, 2017.
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