NOBODY GETS a party started like a porn star. Calvin Klein, Lou Reed, John Waters, Barry Levinson, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Darren Aronofsky, Rachel Weisz and "This Old House" fix-it man Bob Vila sized up Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' giant portraits of adult entertainers at the opening of his "XXX" show at the Mary Boone Gallery on Saturday. Also there - fully dressed - were the photographer's subjects, including Gina Lynn, Nina Hartley, Tera Patrick, Savanna Samson and Chad Hunt. Afterward, everyone headed over to the Rivington Hotel's penthouse...
Noted photographers turns his lens on adult film stars
By JOE MEYERS
October 25, 2004
Pornography is one of the biggest businesses in America, but it's rarely treated seriously by the mainstream media.
The past decade has seen an explosion in adult entertainment on video, the Internet and on in-room entertainment systems in most of the major hotel chains.
Like it or not, so many people are watching adult movies that leading performers such as Jenna Jameson are beginning to make names for themselves outside the porn field.
Racy books face exposure issues
Several mainstream titles include sexual content, leaving booksellers in a quandary. Critics decrya moral decline.
By Dan Thanh Dang
Baltimore Sun Oct 20 2004
BALTIMORE - The trickle, at once literary and titillating, began in July.
With his gorgeous new book, XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits, superstar photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders takes porn out from beneath your mattress and puts it on your coffee table. By: T. Cole Rachel
Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
By Sara Nelson
New York Post, Page 38
Media City column
...Author Salman Rushdie can't seem to stay out of trouble with Islamic fundamentalists. Once the object of a fatwa by the Iranian Ayatollah for the beliefs expressed in his novel, "The Satanic Verses," Rushdie is now coming under fire in India and Pakistan for an essay he has contributed to a forthcoming book called "XXX: 30 Porn Stars."
Blackbook, Fall 2004
Last summer, Ashkan Sahihi had a relatively unusual problem for an artist. He was wondering whether people would jerk off to his new gallery show.
"I was struggling with this for a while," he says of the series, Cum Shots, which features nine photographs of everyday people, their faces spackled with real sperm. "Will it be used as another tool to satisfy yourself, to jerk off to?" The idea, he says, was to highlight-or may be subvert-the "pornification" of mainstream culture. The idea was not for people to jack off. "I didn't want to give people that back door."