The Atlas of Beauty by Mihaela Noroc

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 so...

Details The Atlas of Beauty

TitleThe Atlas of Beauty
Release DateSep 26th, 2017
PublisherPenguin Books Ltd
GenreNonfiction, Art, Photography, Travel, Art and Photography

Reviews The Atlas of Beauty

  • Natalie
    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...
  • Mariℓina
    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 an...
  • Lauren James
    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.
  • Claire
    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!!!
  • Elizabeth
    *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 ...
  • pi
    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.
  • roxi Net
    Such a beautiful book celebrating the diversity of women around the world!
  • John Plowright
    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...
  • Brooke
    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.
  • Michael
    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
    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.
  • Valerie
    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...
  • Stacy McCain
    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 whi...
  • Melinda Sabo
    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 adventu...
  • Ilana
    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 offere...
  • Kelly (purplebookstand)
    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 T...
  • Felicia
    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 wh...
  • Kristine
    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 w...
  • Sandra
    I curious about this book because of Mihaela Noroc's instagram ( 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. I...
  • Alex
    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 ex...
  • Leyla Johnson
    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
  • Regina Hunter
    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.
  • Marzie
    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 defi...