A memoir in pictures and words of the twelve years I spent working as a still photographer on porn movie sets in New York in the 1980's
It’s hard to imagine now, but in 1982 when I started working on porn movies, we shot real 35mm film on big movie cameras. Home video cassette players had barely been invented. There were no DVD’s, no home computers, no Internet. People went out to downtown movie theaters and watched sex movies on the silver screen. Our shoots lasted anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks, with a crew of at least twenty people. We all put a lot of care into the script, the acting, the lighting, sound, editing – all the aspects of real movie-making. It was the Golden Age of Porn, and I was thrilled to be a part of it.
American Ecstasy is my memoir of those roller coaster days. I shot the pictures in this book while working as a stills person on 300 hardcore porn shoots in New York over the course of twelve years. My images reveal the contradictions inherent in the business – great beauty, tinged with sadness, punctuated by surreal silliness. I loved ironic moments when, in the middle of an orgy, they’d have to cut to put more film in the camera. Everybody would yawn and look at their watch, hoping against hope there would be something decent for lunch.
For people who might remember some of the stars of those days, the book includes Ron Jeremy, Vanessa del Rio, Nina Hartley, Sharon Mitchell, Sharon Kane, Siobhan Hunter, Jeanna Fine, Damian Cashmere, Tasha Voux, and many more. Directors include Henri Pachard, Candida Royalle, Lasse Braun and others.
The book is hardcover, 156 pages, measures 9.5" by 11.5". There are 70 color plates, a selection of my written stories of life on the movie sets, and short excerpts from tape recorded interviews I conducted with the porn stars at the time. I am honored to say there is also a critical essay by Arthur C. Danto, Johnsonian Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Columbia University and former art critic for The Nation.
I’m raising funds to pay for the design, offset printing, and distribution of my book.
My Rewards Page - where you can see pictures of my cool rewards
BarbaraNitke.com - my official website
Debbie Does Salad - Harpers Magazine article comparing the Food Network to porn movies. You have to scroll down a bit to get to the part featuring me.
Facebook page for this project - where you can post comments and see everybody else
PRESS FOR THIS CAMPAIGN:
New York Times - wonderful mention in an article about Kickstarter (scroll down a bit to see American Ecstasy)
Gothamist - cool piece in top New York blog
Sex and Politics - article about the campaign by political blogger
Sexuality.about.com - interview with me by sexual advice columnist
Vice Magazine - interview with me in downtown lifestyle magazine
Richardson Magazine - NSFW exclusive excerpt from my book in art magazine
Rude Magazine - article about the campaign in English sexual resource magazine
Pas Un Autre - article about the campaign in journal of arts and culture
Slutever - interview with me by Karley Sciortino
Something Dark - article about the campaign in English creative magazine
Jiz Lee - article about the campaign in gender queer pornstar blog
Good Vibrations - article about the campaign in sexuality magazine
Bild.de - NSFW German entertainment magazine interview with me
Mr. Skin - NSFW "Skinterview" with me in online porn website
Viviane's Sex Carnival - article about the campaign in sexuality blog
Leatherpage - NSFW article about the campaign in online BDSM blog
Skin Two - article about the campaign in English fetish and BDSM magazine
Leather Yenta - article about the campaign in Lolita's predictions and predilections blog
Fleshbot - article about the campaign on NSFW sexworld blog
Adult Film Database - NSFW article about the campaign in online porn community resource
Adult Video News - NSFW article about the campaign in adult entertainment trade resource
PLEASE NOTE: This book will include a few images that might be objectionable to some people. If you think you’d be offended by sexual imagery please don’t select the book as a reward. Also the book is not appropriate for people under the age of 18.
Yes! Click on one of the rewards you want, then add what the other reward would be and pledge that much. Then send me a note. I will make sure you get both of the rewards when the campaign is over.