XXX Porn Star Portraits - book by Bulfinch - review by Augustus Certa

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A good book, but in the wide, wide world of erotic photography this only stands out as a curiosity. It is not particularly titillating, nor is it unique or creative enough to really be a necessary part of an art-centric collection.
Published:
Pros:
well presented, good photos, great concept
Cons:
lacks originality
Rating by reviewer:
3
somewhat useful review

Content / Style / Audience

What does your favorite porn star look like on a daily basis? Well this book doesn't actually answer that question. This book more appropriately answers what they look like once they're gussied up for a photo shoot, and then what they look like naked and well lit.

Though an interesting book, it is not intended for the photographic community. This is mostly a curiosity piece that can be given to most anyone as a gift.

Artistic in its own right, the concept more than anything else is the real hook and meat of this book.
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • An interesting book for anyone who enjoys erotic art.
  • Where
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Just don't read it anywhere that the management (or cops) may see over your shoulder.
    • Read it here
    • Read it there
  • General
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    Other tags that are useful and descriptive for this product.
    • Erotic photography
    • Non-fiction

Design

The simplistic design of "Clothes on" "Clothes off" presentation doesn't attempt to claim it's anything but what it really is. Pretty people having pretty pictures taken of them.
    • Diagrams / photos included
    • Hard cover
    • Large coffee table style

Personal comments

I greatly enjoy erotic art, but before laying down the money on something like this I would sooner explore other options. That being said this is a great book, and if you know someone who has a favorite porn star featured in this book it's a perfect gift.

You may want to think twice about who you give this book to, it features plain-as-the-nose-on-their-face photos of the bits of both sexes. If you have someone who isn't entirely comfortable with one or the other then don't get them this book.
    • Photos
    • Porn star
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Comments
  • Kayla
    Kayla  
    I'm confused. You didn't even mention anything about the essays.
  • Augustus Certa
    Augustus Certa  
    I'm simply describing the book in the same way I described it to customers when I worked for a large bookstore. It's the photos that are the real heart and soul of this work.

    For me the writings within are nice filler, but nearly discordant with the work itself. Having "My Secret Garden"'s author Nancy Friday discuss feminism with Nina Hartley is a curious piece, and the introduction written by Gore Vidal is just what you would have expected from a hand as deft as wields his pen, but that is secondary to most consumers.

    Providing my review I have purposefully omitted the facts that I have found make a customers' eyes glaze over and stuck with this book's value to a toy site. Does the book teach anything utilitarian or not? Does it show something erotic and enticing or not?

    Taking the strong interviews within this book very seriously they are still a considered curiosity within the work by a serious student of the sex industry or feminism. I can suggest myriad anthropological works, many feminist works for an earnest study, and rows of sociological studies texts.

    As this book says, its strength is in that it visually does what those works do with words. "...how quickly the prurient impulse fades." under the masterful lens of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders This book does its best work in its photos, removing the need to just pour through flesh and making the observer take the time to study the beauty in the flaws and perfections of each model.
  • Jon S
    Jon S  
    ty for the review
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