Can pornography ever be art? With unique access to the closed world of Italian porn movies, this is the question urgently posed by the remarkable work of Vittoria Perzan, fashion model turned photographer. Taking a series of porn shoots as their subject matter, the photographs in "Cinema Hard" find beauty where so many claim it cannot exist, discover humanity in a notoriously heartless industry and re-assess a medium that is now so demonised as to be considered past redemption. In black and white, and in colour, Perzan's talented eye captures a rich diversity of images that shock and stimulate in a way that is both sexual and aesthetic. Most would have thought that art simply couldn't exist in the context of porn. But it can and does, and in over 250 exquisite shots Perzan proves this with great style and verve; she documents the excitement and passion, the sadness and laughter and, most importantly, the human story of one of the greatest obsessions of our age. Containing an interview with the photographer and an essay by Saskia Vogel, "Cinema Hard" is unique with a highly intelligent look at the anatomy of a porn movie, perhaps the true pop art of its time.
It comes in a landscape format, with 200 pages of dual (English-Italian) text, 255 images and sexually explicit photographic images.