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3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  634 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
Ann Rogers appears to be a happily married, successful young woman. A talented photographer, she creates happy memories for others, videotaping weddings, splicing together scenes of smiling faces, editing out awkward moments. But she cannot edit her own memories so easily; images of a childhood spent as her father's model and muse, the subject of his celebrated series of c ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published July 11th 2006 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1993)
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Jan 30, 2010 Caitlin rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
There was a kind of woman who was very fashionable throughout the nineties - intellectual, talented, beautiful, damaged in some vague and unspoken way. These women made a performance of their damage and of their self-destruction and took us all along for the ride. Kathryn Harrison, with her memoir of incest with her father The Kiss was certainly one of them. I think also of Elizabeth Wurtzel (Prozac Nation) and to a certain extent Kay Redfield Jamison (An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madn ...more
Talia Carner
Oct 06, 2011 Talia Carner rated it really liked it
With hindsight--the cue from Kathryn Harrison's memoir "Kiss" published a few years after "Exposure"--it is clear why a father-daughter's relationship is a central theme in her writing.

"Exposure" is written in beautiful lyrical prose that has immediacy and intimacy as the story explores the inner world of Ann Rogers. When the younger Ann served as her father's photography model, she had to keep her pose still for hours on end. She sacrificed play and study time normal children would have in ord
Jun 21, 2012 Felicia rated it liked it
Harrison's writing style is descriptive, entertaining and easy to read. I always find myself wishing for some darkly despairing bit of truth, which I've been led to believe her writing contains but have never actually felt. I'm left with a "yeah, and?" sort of feeling, but not one strong enough to wish for more from her.

Oct 31, 2013 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Angelique fernandez
Jul 20, 2010 Angelique fernandez rated it did not like it
Boo the critical acclaims. It wasted my time
Sep 17, 2016 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
Adult survivors of childhood abuse will recognize many of the protagonist's problems and behaviors - huge gaps and confusions in memory, heedlessly self-destructive behavior, addiction, anxiety, and depression. What makes this book interesting is the form her abuse took. Ann Rogers was, for most of her childhood and adolescence, her father's photographic model. Her father posed her to look dead (and in other explicit poses) and became an art-world celebrity. Ann was left to pick up the pieces.

Cyndy Aleo
May 20, 2011 Cyndy Aleo rated it really liked it
Long before Kathryn Harrison published her memoir about her affair with her father (The Kiss), she wrote Exposure, a story in which there is another very strange, almost incestuous, relationship between a girl and her father.

::: The View :::

Harrison's introduction to the world of Ann Rogers is riveting, and draws the reader immediately in. Ann is on her way to an event she is supposed to videotape for her business, and is changing in a cab into an outfit that she has just shoplifted. We soon lea
Roger Brunyate
Jun 06, 2016 Roger Brunyate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, mysteries-kinda
In Black and White, and Black Again

The paperback has a perfect cover: a black-and-white close-up of a young woman partially covering one eye as she gazes into the camera, with a reversed negative of the same image on the back. The woman, we are to imagine, is Ann Rogers, daughter and only model for her late father, the famous photographer Edgar Evans Rogers. Or perhaps I should say notorious, for the publication in the 1970's of his photographs of his daughter, frequently naked and posed as if i
Sep 23, 2016 Renee rated it really liked it
A frightening yet realistic look into a damaged mind.
Jun 19, 2014 Johanna rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was a rather quick read, and a subject matter that is, at times, disturbing - but I feel that Kathryn Harrison makes a point in this novel, raises an issue that is worth discussing in our time; the question of Exposure - What is photography? What is "out of line"?

The story follows Ann, when as an adult, she struggles with her experiences and memories of her young self acting as a model for her father in his photography. He never touches her, but his photographs are explicit to the degree th
Oct 16, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
Disturbing, captivating, thought-provoking, this book makes the reader think about the way art and photography may influence the lives of the subjects.

Ann's famous photographer father documented her life from childhood into puberty, many times in very intrusive though picturesque ways. Now that he is dead, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is about to open a major retrospective of his work - including some of the most explicit photos never before seen. At first she consented to this show but as the
Bud Mallar
Apr 15, 2014 Bud Mallar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ya know, I actually really liked this. It is wonderfully written, with very real characters, vivid circumstances and the uncovers some shortcomings of our culture as well as how wrong a family relationship can go.

It isn't fun to read about the heroine's downward spiral, but there are multiple opportunties to stop and think and wonder what could have been done, what might have changed, and, either the premise or as a byline, how the creation of art isn't always innocent.

In fact, it is depressing
Jason Pettus
Jun 22, 2007 Jason Pettus rated it liked it
one of many books in my library originally picked up literally for its cover, exposure turns out to be quite a satisfying erotic thriller as well, plus an interesting meditation on fame, sex, and the limits of voyeurism. the story of a famed controversial photographer who made a career out of compromising images of his daughter, the book mostly takes place with the daughter now a grown-up kleptomaniac and sexual deviant, dealing with an upcoming retrospective of her father's work that threatens ...more
Dec 04, 2011 Sasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Pedestrians look up and then away. Caught in the observance of some indiscretion, they display that particular politeness of humans forced into uncomfortable proximity to a stranger's passions; either that, or they simply don't care." (193)

"I am so very tired sometimes of trying. I'm trying all the time, I don't know how to do anything else. It looks like I'm breezing through, it looks like I couldn't care less, it looks that way because I intend for it to look that way. And that person, the on
Beem Weeks
Jan 12, 2013 Beem Weeks rated it liked it
A good read, this novel. Exposure tells the story of the daughter of a noted photographer, taking her from early childhood as Daddy's model, to life after Father has died, and on into her own career as a videographer doing the wedding circuit. Ann Rogers is a mess as humans go. Secrets and undiscovered sins feed the woman's behaviour--including an addiction to meth, strong kleptomaniac tendencies, and strange actions that are cringe-worthy at times. We get to the bottom of her dysfunction, but t ...more
Feb 24, 2010 karl rated it it was ok
I learned that just because a book makes it on a list of best sellers (NY Times, Kindle, etc) it is not good. Dialogue and scene descriptions I felt were sophomoric. That causes the reader to skim looking only for plot line stuff. The overall plot was good: Two crime-like stories are told (1 or 2 chapters for one, then back to the other, etc). Not until about 75% through the book are the stories connected. The heart of the story is a $6 million bank heist. Throw in a woman scared of her own shad ...more
May 10, 2007 ruzmarì rated it it was ok
It's The Kiss, only with the narrator made into more of a victim (wishful thinking?) and about ten years younger.

This was my third Kathryn Harrison book, and my last. Again with the haunting lyrical prose. Again with the themes of power and powerlessness, and gentle cruelty and desire and submission. Again with the semi-autobiographical stance that makes you wonder, with an inner sense of "ick." After a few hundred pages, all of Harrison's ideas start to sound the same.
Jul 01, 2008 Xio rated it it was ok
Shelves: femaleauthors
I went through this moment with Ms Harrison I guess. I still want to read the true crime novel that just came out... As with the other two I read of hers, this one had a great skeleton but very little substance. I *really* wanted there to be be more to this one. I guess I'll have to write the damn book.

Oh, yes. It is about a woman coping with a retrospective of her father's photographs, most of which are of her nude during pre-adolescence. Terrific set up without delivery.
Mar 16, 2007 John rated it did not like it
this book had all the elements of a nice-enough literary work, but it's topic (child soft pornography and it's effect on the model when she comes of age) is a bit uncomfortable at best, perverse at worst. you could stage a culture war around this book over whether this book is art or pornography.

if you love this book, you'll love 'the unbearable lightness of being.' and if you loved both those movies, you probably need counseling.
Jun 12, 2011 Courtney rated it liked it
This was assigned reading for my visual anthropology class freshman year of college. It was better than I expected, because I wasn't sold on the class. The idea of looking and seeing through observing photographs and being photographed made this a somewhat worthwhile read, although it's hardly a book I'd want to read again.
Sep 21, 2011 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
Though some of the prose was lovely I was a little disappointed in this. I thought Ann's self-discovery was a little bit too little, too late. I though Ann's husband Carl was very well-drawn and perhaps too indugent. The editor needed to be more alert - geographical and mathematical errors drive me crazy.
Jun 19, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it
I love the honesty in Harrison's writing. I actually felt everything the character was feeling, I "got" her on a deep level. At the end, I found myself wishing for a sequel, to find out more of what happened next. But then I'm a sucker for disturbing stories that make you feel slightly squickie. This is an excellent study in psychology and how one's childhood continues to affect one as an adult.
Mar 14, 2008 Kathleen rated it really liked it
I read this book shortly after it came out and, obviously, before Harrison wrote The Kiss, the memoir in which she details the incestuous relationship she had with her father as a young woman. Let's just say when that book came out, a lot of stuff from this book clicked into place very neatly.
Something about this book compels me to read it again every so often. The self-destructive main character draws me in, and I like Harrison's descriptions of the photography. Disturbing but engrossing --- it never takes me long to get through the book, but every time through, I enjoy it.
Apr 19, 2014 Sabrenry rated it liked it
Quite a disturbing book. But I thought there would be more 'shock horror'disturbing-ness, not increasingly depressive inner monologue disturbing-ness of the main character. Very descriptive little read though!
Kim BookJunkie
I would have given this book 4 stars because I really, really liked it but the ending was very disappointing! I feel like the ending still has not happened...I was left not knowing what the ending was.
Sep 22, 2008 Aimee added it
You just have to read her work. You feel one with the protagonist who is diabetic and I think addicted to Cocaine. She's also a photographer for weddings, but aspires to greatness. Only her dreams fall short once perverse photographs of her are revealed at a big opening.
Sharon Zink
Apr 27, 2014 Sharon Zink rated it it was amazing
For me, this book shone in its characterization. It's about a thirty-something photographer in NYC and her mental illness stemming from photographs her father took of her during adolescence. In fact, his whole career was about photographing "Ann." It is well written and enjoyable.
Oct 25, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2008
I liked it -- found it very powerful and a good example of how things that happen in our childhood effect us all our lives. Though, thankfully, this is fiction, I don't think it's too far from some of the truths children live every day.
Jul 01, 2007 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got it in a thrift store and eventually read it after it laid around for a couple of years. Quite good, actually.
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Kathryn Harrison is the author of the novels Envy, The Seal Wife, The Binding Chair, Poison, Exposure, and Thicker Than Water.

She has also written memoirs, The Kiss and The Mother Knot, a travel memoir, The Road To Santiago, a biography, Saint Therese Of Lisieux, and a collection of personal essays, Seeking Rapture.

Ms. Harrison is a frequent reviewer for The New York Times Book Review; her essay
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