Kamel Mennour, 2003 First edition Hardcover, 244 pages, 240 x 318 mm Text in French and English Condition: Fine
New York Sex 1979-1985 reveals Gary Lee Boas’ personal fascination for the industry of sex and pleasure, in particular for gay men. The book integrates portraits of porn film stars, hustlers, some of Boas partners, and strip clubs. This was the era of love and sex freedom, with a growing and less secluded gay community in NYC. These were in fact very promiscuous times, right before the spread of the AIDS epidemic.
Boas’ ambition was to document and preserve a memory of all these individuals who worked in the sex industry. His idea was to collect enough material through photos, videos, interviews, and magazines, which could be integrated in a porn and sex library, on par with a Hollywood and mainstream film industry. These sex industry professionals were in part his friends, at least a world that the phorographer knew relatively well, and to some extent this is also a personal story. His approach could be part of a type of photography that privileges an intimate perspective, similar to Nan Goldin’s work.
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