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Motel Fetish Hardcover – 1 Dec 2002
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Chas Ray Krider is thee man! As well as being an avid collector of vintage underwear (and a fantastic photographer), he also happens to have impeccable taste in women judging by the jaw-dropping vixens in these pages.
As the title would suggest, all of the photographs are shot in cheap motels (or at least, sets made to look like rooms in a cheap motel anyway) with bad 60's paintings, shagpile carpets and enormous table lamps dotted all over the place. CRK has taken the risque but innocent fetish imagery of Irving Klaw and Elmer Batters back to the future and added oodles of class and tons more sexiness. This is real slick stuff. The slinky models are all done up in the aforementioned lingerie and posed in various situations that leave plenty of scope for the imagination to run riot. And all in glorious colour! Think film noir (only in colour) combined with the sauciness of Agent Provocateur undergarments and you're halfway there.
Oh, did I mention that the goddess of retro-fetish, Dita Von Tease is featured on more than a few pages?
This is one motel that I'm gonna check into!
The title may put people off saying the word 'fetish' but its a wonderfull feast of eye candy with quaint little touches that bring modern reallity (you will have to look for them) overall one of the best types of this style i have bought and its a large format.
Its great fun and beutifully photographed with humour and glamour (and gymnastic's).
Buy it you will never regret it or want to get rid of it.
I have to agree with Red its a motel i would check into too.
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Typical of Taschen books, it's huge, it's heavy, and it's printed on remarkably good quality paper with a solid binding, so this really is an investment quality book. I was fortunate enough to recently get a used copy in like-new condition for a good price and I can easily see why these are trading for very high prices on the secondary market - this is a superbly done and very sultry, moody, book. If you're a particular fan of Irving Klaw-style 1950's pin-up photography, you will especially like this volume, as Krider's work was obviously heavily influenced by that style.
My only critique, and it is a minor one, is what a previous reviewer mentioned - Krider seems to have a fascination with tacky lamps. I realize cheap hotel rooms have tacky lamps in them and they are great props for this type of photography, but there is perhaps a little bit too much emphasis placed on those tacky lamps at times. AGAIN, this is a minor point with the photos and I wouldn't let this small issue distract from an otherwise outstanding collection of photos, assembled in an extremely high quality book. I would HIGHLY recommend this one.
Be aware! Buy the large format original hardback version of this book - the more recent paperback reprints are much smaller, the paper quality is not as good, and while the subject matter is the same, they are not comparable to the original 2002 hardback version.
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