Item #8256 Sex Objects. Eric Kroll.
Sex Objects
Sex Objects
Sex Objects
Sex Objects
Sex Objects
Sex Objects
Sex Objects
Sex Objects

Sex Objects. An American Photodocumentary

Danbury, NH: Addison House, 1977. 1st Edition. Small folio, publisher’s stiff photo-illustrated paper.

First edition of curator, erotic historian, and commercial-turned-fetish photographer Eric Kroll’s debut book. Produced with the backing of a $5000 grant from the New York State Council of the Arts, Kroll's collection documents the lives of sex workers across the US (New York, Denver, Tampa, Houston, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, and more) with photo portraits alongside interviews with and first-hand accounts by his subjects. Predictably, the book stirred controversy for its subject matter, playing a role in the reduction of $4 million in the budget of the Council on the Arts in 1978. While not the sole cause of the cut, it was a prominent catalyst as New York State Senator John J. Marchi and other officials regarded the book as unsuitable for state funding ("patently pornographic" and "the work of a quick-buck pornographer" in the senator’s words). At the time of the media firestorm, Kroll was actively involved in the production of Paul Schrader's cult classic Hardcore (he was brought on board as the specialist photographer after the director had seen his work in Sex Objects). Illustrated in color and black-and-white. Light rubbing and edgewear. Near fine. Item #8256

$250.00

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