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I remember checking it out from the library when I was a kid. It is set on an alien planet; there is a woman in a diaphanous white gown who, at one point, rides on the back of a centaur-type creature (as a boy, I was quite taken with the fact that there is partial nudity in a few panels). The most striking thing about it was that the panel images were not drawn but were actual photographs.

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"Amberstar: An Illustrated Cosmic Odyssey" (1980) by Bruce Jones

The blog writer gives a brief overview of what sort of media this is.

Just ticked this baby off the want list by finally scoring a copy, after years of seeing it advertised in the back of endless Warren mags. It's a sort of fotonovel / fumetti by Bruce Jones, one of comics' consistently great writers, with what seems to be an uncredited assist from Richard Corben, or in fact some of his assistants.
Like a lot of Byron Preiss' output, Amberstar isn't quite a comic book, nor quite a graphic novel, but one of those fascinating near misses the Bronze Age was full of, and which I'm a total sucker for.
Each 'panel' consists of a black & white photo, overlayed in colour at Corben's studio, in a similiar way to his Doomscult strip, seen in Heavy Metal ( and on this blog! ), which also starred one Bruce Jones.
Amberstar isn't wholly successful, looking in places like a colourized movie, and some of the spacescapes cry out for Corben's specific hand in the colouring, but these are minor quibbles really, and this is a space opera like no other.

It is set on an alien planet; there is a woman in a diaphanous white gown who, at one point, rides on the back of a centaur-type creature

Amberstar: An Illustrated Cosmic Odyssey woman on Centaur

as a boy, I was quite taken with the fact that there is partial nudity in a few panels

It isn't really explicit but NSFW warning anyway as it is a "nude" scene.

Amberstar: An Illustrated Cosmic Odyssey nudity scene

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    Hi there! This is a great find! But since links tend to rot, could you maybe edit in some more info from that website? :) – Jenayah Oct 24 '18 at 19:52
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Pretty sure you're talking about Frank Franzetta's art and in particular Epic Illustrated. Is this the one with the woman riding on the centaur?

Warning (NSFW - Nudity)!

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I was in a discussion with friends where the topic had come up (for the first time in decades it seems, I hadn't thought about it since the mid 90s). Among other things I came across your thread while looking for examples online. Hope it is what you're looking for!

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    The OP states that "the panel images were not drawn but were actual photographs". I don't think Frazetta's work matches that description, though I have no idea whose does. – Joe L. Dec 5 '14 at 5:29

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