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Roy Stuart: v. 1 Paperback – 25 Jul 2003
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"Animal sexuality differs from eroticism in that human sexuality is limited by taboos and the domain of eroticism is that of the transgression of these taboos" is how Georges Bataille explains eroticism. Casting a new light on that most human of acts, Roy Stuart presents us here with a book of erotic power rarely seen. The brilliant technique and skillful presentation of his videos and stills present sexuality directly and without prudery. They have earned this Paris based American a reputation as a grandmaster of the erotic camera. His photos and glimpse videos have aquired cult status even amongst experienced hardcore fans, and with good reason, for they represent an exquisite representation of the forbidden. In turns voyeuristic, in turns narrative, his pictures with their disarming explicitness subvert traditional moral codes and force the viewer to reevaluate his or her preconceived notions of sexuality. The photographs assembled in this book, which in another context might have been condemned, instead give a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of Roy Stuart's magical theatre of transgression and taboo.
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Certainly it defies conventions however. This is not a sanitized, asexual study of form. It's about sex, and does not follow conventions of beauty. Women are often dishevelled, with smudged make up, unshaven and certainly not plastic supermodels.
Despite its explicitness and somewhat seamy approach however, it still intrigues and captivates, and manages to avoid the hard, cold and uncompromising feel of commercial porn. One for the voyeurs, and differently aroused perhaps ?
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That said, some people call Stuart's work "exotic" or "sexy" or any number of things, but as a photographer myself who does a pretty fair amount of boudoir and lingerie photography, be VERY aware, this is not boudoir or lingerie or pin-up photography, this is very well photographed porn - pure and simple. This is NOT a book for the meek or modest, but it's a darned impressive piece of work if you appreciate this sort of thing.