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XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  133 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Now in paperback, a provocative look at today+s leading porn stars combined with insightful, offbeat and amusing texts by an all-star literary lineup. XXX, by renowned photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, features cleverly paired portraits (one clothed and one nude) of the top stars in pornographic film. A cross section of straight and gay men and women is represented, ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Bulfinch (first published January 1st 2004)
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CD
Oct 24, 2010 CD rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: a select few
A snapshot of a moment in the history of adult entertainment. The world has certainly changed as even in the not far distant past, this book would not have been found on a regular bookstore shelf. It would have been with the adult magazines and other such publications.

It is not a sexually explicit book. More of meat market voyeurism, a catalog of those who work in the industry and what they bring. Not unlike a catalog from any talent agency showing potential clients the raw assets of the models
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Jennie
I've been dying to own a copy of this book ever since I watched the HBO special on its creation. I finally bought it yesterday and I'm happy to say it did not disappoint. The photos are fascinating, beautiful and provocative - really it's just amazing the impact they make on the viewer. And the articles are thoughtful, clever and highly amusing in some places. The perfect coffee table book for someone like me.
Garrett Bryant
Timothy Greenfield Sanders is as good a portrait photographer as they come. His subjects have ranged from world leaders and politicians to pornstars. This collection of photographs is his take on the humanity of adult film start. Often juxtaposing clothed images with naked images of his subjects the personalities of the stars shine through. I once heard a good portrait photographer doesn't just capture an indexical relationship of his subjects, but articulates a definition of the subject through ...more
Tara
Mar 31, 2008 Tara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the open mind, adult entertainment fans
Believe it or not, this is a challenging read. While I was first drawn to this book based on the concept of the portraits (clothed vs nudes, same poses), I quickly became interested in the essays. There are deep, disturbing and interesting short pieces that made me read and reread. The essays are thought provoking and I have become a fan of some of the contributors.
Avery
I'm a little embarrassed that this is the only thing I've read that's related to Gore Vidal.

Not such a bad book on the photography front.
Anita
Awesome! So great to see these iconic porn stars as they naturally are, then with all the clothing, hair and makeup.
Erik
If you like drawing the human form, this is a nice study.
Cody
I could have done without the Ron Jeremy pic...
Saptarishi
so far...soo good.
contrasts are really great.
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