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Kiss of Fire

Kiss of Fire

Author:
Publisher: Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg
ISBN: 3933257948
Pages: 103
Year: 2003
A rare view of the romantic side of sadomasochism. A beautiful edition of about 70 duotone photographs.
The Decency Wars

The Decency Wars

Author: Frederick S. Lane
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1615923179
Pages: 367
Year: 2006
Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction at the 2004 Superbowl precipitated a nationwide controversy. To judge by the hysterical reaction, one would think that nothing so shocking had ever been seen on television. Yet, remarkably, during the conservative 1950s, similar breast-baring accidents on television (by Faye Emerson and Jayne Mansfield) raised barely a stir. Is America on the verge of another puritanical era? Is this new Puritanism the result of something more than just concerns for public decency?First Amendment and emerging technology specialist Frederick S. Lane examines America's changing attitudes toward decency and the politics of decency in this timely book. He takes a strong and unequivocal position that it is inappropriate and dangerous for the government to try to regulate morality. He accuses religious conservatives of starting decency wars for motives no more noble than profit and political gain. As Lane astutely points out, such controversies generate a flood of books, speeches, and syndicated radio and television programs. More importantly, they fill the coffers of conservative politicians and non-profits.Lane first sets the stage for the current controversy by reviewing the history of the decency debate from the invention of the camera as the catalyst for public decency concerns, through the mixing of morality and politics by the Moral Majority and the Christian Coalition, to the recent activist stance by the Federal Communications Commission against perceived indecency.He spells out strategies for combating the rising influence of the Religious Right's puritanical ploys by emphasizing that decency standards are a private and personal responsibility, not a matter of law enforcement. He asserts that we must continuously educate the public regarding the ruinous effects of government censorship, watered-down textbooks, and homophobia. Moreover, he stresses the supreme importance of supporting existing and new organizations to counteract the propaganda from groups like the Christian Coalition and Focus on the Family.Including interviews with politicians, religious leaders, entertainers, and other individuals across the spectrum of American culture, this compelling book is essential reading for understanding one of the most fiercely debated social issues of our nation.Frederick S. Lane (Burlington, VT) is the author of Obscene Profits and The Naked Employee, among other books dealing with the media, society, and law. He has appeared on ABC's Nightline, CBS's 60 Minutes, NPR's Marketplace, the BBC, and many other television and radio programs as an expert on legal and First Amendment issues.
American Ecstasy

American Ecstasy

Author: Barbara Nitke
Publisher:
ISBN: 0615614361
Pages: 156
Year: 2012-10-01
"American ecstasy is a memoir in pictures and words of the twelve years photographer Barbara Nitke spent shooting stills on porn movie sets in New York City. The book takes place in the 1980s at the end of the Golden Age of Porn, as the industry transitioned from high budget, scripted film productions to smaller and ever cheaper video shoots. Nitke's images reveal the contradictions inherent in the business - great beauty, tinged with sadness, punctuated by surreal silliness. As she chronicles the sights and sounds of life on the sets, her stories also reveal her own struggle to come to terms with the end of her marriage and her fascination with the sexual outlaws of the porn world. Among the porn stars featured are Ron Jeremy, Vanessa del Rio, Nina Hartley, Sharon Mitchell, Sharon Kane, Siobhan Hunter, Jeanna Fine, Damian Cashmere, Tasha Voux, and many more. Directors include Henri Pachard, Candida Royalle, Lasse Braun and others."--
Playing with the edge

Playing with the edge

Author: Arthur Coleman Danto
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
ISBN:
Pages: 194
Year: 1996
Arthur Danto's assessment of the achievement of Robert Mapplethorpe is a lucid and graceful introduction to a controversial artist by the most distinguished philosophical critic of the arts in our time. While fully addressing the most public dimensions of Mapplethorpe's career--the branding of his work as pornography and the legal and censorship issues that surround the exhibition of his photographs--Danto's essay breaks with common responses by offering a fascinating and deeply sympathetic account of Mapplethorpe's aesthetics. In Playing with the Edge, Arthur Danto returns the discussion of Mapplethorpe to a consideration of his artistic legacy. He refuses to retreat from the sexual content of Mapplethorpe's images, claiming that the content and the artistic character of the photographs simultaneously invite and deflect the charges of pornography and together define the importance of Mapplethorpe's work. Danto discerns the images' uniqueness in the relation of trust between the photographer and his subjects. Through a fascinating exploration of the relation of Mapplethorpe's images to those of other artists (Titian, Sherman, Winogrand, Cartier-Bresson, Golub) Danto presents a compelling argument for Mapplethorpe's enduring position in the history of art, no less than the history of our times. FROM THE BOOK:"There is a tension at the heart of Robert Mapplethorpe's art, verging on paradox, between its most distinctive content and its most distinctive mode of presentation. The content of the work is often sufficiently erotic to be considered pornographic, even by the artist, while the aesthetic of its presentation is chastely classic--it is Dionysiac and Apollonian at once. The content cannot have been a serious possibility for a major artist at any previous moment in history. It is particular to America in the 1970s, a decade Mapplethorpe exemplifies in terms of his values, his sensibilities, and his attitudes." Arthur Danto's assessment of the achievement of Robert Mapplethorpe is a lucid and graceful introduction to a controversial artist by the most distinguished philosophical critic of the arts in our time. While fully addressing the most public dimensions of Mapplethorpe's career--the branding of his work as pornography and the legal and censorship issues that surround the exhibition of his photographs--Danto's essay breaks with common responses by offering a fascinating and deeply sympathetic account of Mapplethorpe's aesthetics. In Playing with the Edge, Arthur Danto returns the discussion of Mapplethorpe to a consideration of his artistic legacy. He refuses to retreat from the sexual content of Mapplethorpe's images, claiming that the content and the artistic character of the photographs simultaneously invite and deflect the charges of pornography and together define the importance of Mapplethorpe's work. Danto discerns the images' uniqueness in the relation of trust between the photographer and his subjects. Through a fascinating exploration of the relation of Mapplethorpe's images to those of other artists (Titian, Sherman, Winogrand, Cartier-Bresson, Golub) Danto presents a compelling argument for Mapplethorpe's enduring position in the history of art, no less than the history of our times. FROM THE BOOK:"There is a tension at the heart of Robert Mapplethorpe's art, verging on paradox, between its most distinctive content and its most distinctive mode of presentation. The content of the work is often sufficiently erotic to be considered pornographic, even by the artist, while the aesthetic of its presentation is chastely classic--it is Dionysiac and Apollonian at once. The content cannot have been a serious possibility for a major artist at any previous moment in history. It is particular to America in the 1970s, a decade Mapplethorpe exemplifies in terms of his values, his sensibilities, and his attitudes."
The To Sound

The To Sound

Author: Eric Baus
Publisher: Wave Books
ISBN: 097234876X
Pages: 80
Year: 2004-04-01
Juliana Spahr writes: "Birds with extremely long necks. Cassiopeia. A sister. A Marco Polo. A somnambulist. A documentary on the voyages of Columbus. A cartographer. Star charts. Young intellectuals in black robes. Jean-Michel Basquiat. More birds and still more birds. A mathematician. All these things appear in The To Sound’s beautifully warped cosmology. This is a stunning book that builds its own world, a world of ambiguous relations and loaded words; a lyrical world that explores the unstated connections between things. . . ."
Photographs

Photographs

Author: Kunst Haus Wien
Publisher:
ISBN:
Pages: 191
Year: 2006-10-11

Brandt Nudes

Brandt Nudes

Author: Bill Brandt, Lawrence Durrell, Mark Haworth-Booth
Publisher:
ISBN: 0500970424
Pages: 176
Year: 2012
“There are very few artists—in the true sense of the term—who practice photography. A photograph by Bill Brandt proclaims him an artist and a poet of the highest order.” —Ansel Adams
Divas of San Francisco

Divas of San Francisco

Author:
Publisher:
ISBN:
Pages: 64
Year: 2008
Fine art color portraits of transsexual women who frequent Divas Nightclub and Bar in San Francisco.
Arab Photography Now

Arab Photography Now

Author: Rose Issa, Michket Krifa
Publisher: Kehrer Verlag
ISBN: 3868281894
Pages: 239
Year: 2011
Showcases the visual dynamics of Arab photography in all its fascinating beauty, revealing a rich new aesthetic. Readers are introduced to portraits and landscapes by 36 photographers creating works of great political and cultural relevance. Their visual imagery constitutes an exciting and instructive journey for the reader. Each of the contributing photographers was asked to supply a statement on his or her life and experience as an artist, providing an insight into Arab culture and the under-documented yet vibrant art world in the Middle East.
The Devil's Rope

The Devil's Rope

Author: Alan Krell
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 186189144X
Pages: 223
Year: 2002
Barbed wire, as a tool of control, has played a critical role in the modern experience. It also has another history constructed through image and text in the arts, media and popular culture. This work critically examines these representations.
Critical Theories of Mass Media

Critical Theories of Mass Media

Author: Taylor
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 033523528X
Pages: 245
Year: 2007-12-01
"This is a welcome critical corrective to complacent mainstream accounts of the media's cultural impact". Prof. Slavoj Zizek, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London "A powerful and highly engaging re-assessment of past critical thinkers (including those not normally thought of as critical) in the light of today's mediascape". Jorge Reina Schement, Distinguished Professor of Communications, Penn State University With the exception of occasional moral panics about the coarsening of public discourse, and the impact of advertising and television violence upon children, mass media tend to be viewed as a largely neutral or benign part of contemporary life. Even when criticisms are voiced, the media chooses how and when to discuss its own inadequacies. More radical external critiques are often excluded and media theorists are frequently more optimistic than realistic about the negative aspects of mass culture. This book reassesses this situation in the light of both early and contemporary critical scholarship and explores the intimate relationship between the mass media and the dis-empowering nature of commodity culture. The authors cast a fresh perspective on contemporary mass culture by comparing past and present critiques. They: Outline the key criticisms of mass culture from past critical thinkers Reassess past critical thought in the changed circumstances of today Evaluate the significance of new critical thinkers for today's mass culture The book begins by introducing the critical insights from major theorists from the past - Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Kracauer, Theodor Adorno, Marshall McLuhan and Guy Debord. Paul Taylor and Jan Harris then apply these insights to recent provocative writers such as Jean Baudrillard and Slavoj iek, and discuss the links between such otherwise apparently unrelated contemporary events as the Iraqi Abu Ghraib controversy and the rise of reality television. Critical Theories of Mass Media is a key text for students of cultural studies, communications and media studies, and sociology.
Reckoning at the Frontier

Reckoning at the Frontier

Author: Miles Estey
Publisher: Kehrer Verlag
ISBN: 3868285113
Pages: 160
Year: 2015-05-12
Mexico's struggle with organized crime examined through the stunning, introspective photographs of renowned photojournalist Eros Hoagland.
Sex in the City

Sex in the City

Author: Alison Maddex
Publisher: Universe Pub
ISBN: 0789308088
Pages: 336
Year: 2002
This book celebrates sex and demonstrates--through a dramatic gallery of images--that New York is the sexiest city in the world.
NYC Sex

NYC Sex

Author: Museum of Sex (New York, N.Y.), Grady T. Turner
Publisher: Scala Pub
ISBN:
Pages: 223
Year: 2002
Published to coincide with the much-anticipated opening of the Museum of Sex in New York, "NYC Sex" features conversations between major cultural figures and historians on sexual topics. Includes 19th-century drawings and photos, film stills, posters, magazine pinups, and images of sex symbols past and present.
Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach

Author: Ocean Beach Historical Society
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1467131989
Pages: 127
Year: 2014
Ocean Beach, a neighborhood of San Diego, California, is known throughout the city, county, and beyond as a unique and quirky place with the feel of a small town, despite being a stone s throw from the center of a major metropolis. Founded in 1887 in a coastal area known for its beautiful cliffs and rock formations, Ocean Beach went through growing pains in the early 1900s before establishing itself as a family-oriented, self-contained beach community by the mid-1930s. Full of mom-and-pop stores and very walkable, Ocean Beach is a favorite destination for thousands of tourists and San Diegans each year."