Monday, November 29, 2004

Skin Clicks: porn photography 5

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Things that you notice when you look at Timothy Greenfield-Sander’s portraits of pornstars clothed and then replicating the exact same pose naked: 1) How much the amount of body hair varies between all the different performers in the industry and 2) How much more confident they appear nude. Greenfield-Sanders has taken portraits of everyone from Orson Welles to Nelson Mandela over his photographic career, but for his book XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits, he turns his lens onto everyone from Jenna Jameson (above) to Ron Jeremy. It’s all becomes a strange combination of high brow and smutty though, with the essays about the nature of pornography from Timothy’s celebrity mates John Malkovich, Gore Vidal and John Waters. As Greenfield-Sanders himself illustrated perfectly while promoting the book, in a Nerve interview he says “the only awkward moment came when one porn star asked if anyone wanted to fluff him” and then tells Salon, that his photo of Briana Banks “was inspired by a Cézanne painting of a young boy.”

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