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Naomi Harris: America Swings [Hardcover]

Richard Prince , Dian Hanson , Naomi Harris

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Book Description

Oct. 26 2010

Swinging sex lives of everyday Americans

RSwinging sex lives of everyday Americans

Richard Prince discovered Naomi Harris in TASCHEN's The New Erotic Photography and was so intrigued by her photos of American swingers that he tracked down the 34-year-old New Yorker, determined to make her his protégé. When he discovered TASCHEN had signed her to do America Swings he asked to do an interview with her, where he reveals part of what makes her work so unique: "When I look at one of your swinger photos what I'm looking at is mostly you ‘outside' the picture looking at what you're photographing … half-naked, all naked, taking these photos of next-door neighbors having sex …”.

He refers to Harris's secret for winning the confidence of her subjects: to penetrate the world of middle class mate-swapping she had to join them, often working in just shoes and a tool belt to hold her camera gear. Her extreme technique worked so well that in 48 months she was able to photograph 38 parties, crisscrossing the country from Mahwah, New Jersey, to Pleasanton, California; from Big Lake, Minnesota, to Washington, Texas.

Her subjects are not the usual perfected androids who populate contemporary erotica, but ordinary people with extraordinary sex lives, including multi-orgasmic schoolteachers, polyamorous nurses, bi-sexual senior citizens and the Mandingos, a group of African-American men who service white wives. This book explores a rarely-seen side of sex in America. The original art edition is now available in a size and price affordable by all!

He refers to Harris's secret for winning the confidence of her subjects: to penetrate the world of middle class mate-swapping she had to join them, often working in just shoes and a tool belt to hold her camera gear. Her extreme technique worked so well that in 48 months she was able to photograph 38 parties, crisscrossing the country from Mahwah, New Jersey, to Pleasanton, California; from Big Lake, Minnesota, to Washington, Texas.

Her subjects are not the usual perfected androids who populate contemporary erotica, but ordinary people with extraordinary sex lives, including multi-orgasmic schoolteachers, polyamorous nurses, bi-sexual senior citizens and the Mandingos, a group of African-American men who service white wives. This book explores a rarely-seen side of sex in America. The original art edition is now available in a size and price affordable by all!


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (Oct. 26 2010)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 3836522284
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836522281
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 31.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #656,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

About the photographer:
Naomi Harris was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1973. She received her photographic training at New York’s International Center of Photography. She has been published in Fortune, Flaunt, Life, and Heeb magazines, and likes to knit, sing karaoke, and frequent nude beaches. She lives in New York City.

About the contributing author:
Richard Prince, painter, photographer and collagist was born in 1949 in the Panama Canal Zone. He is known as a critic of and commentator on American consumer culture and as a master of appropriated art. He currently lives and works in upstate New York.

About the editor:
Dian Hanson was born in Seattle in 1951. For 25 years she produced various men’s magazines, including Puritan, Juggs and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN's sexy book editor in 2001. Her many books for TASCHEN include The Big Penis Book, The Big Book of Legs and Bob’s World. She lives in Los Angeles.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Swing Reality Feb. 10 2013
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This is the reality of swinging. Most swingers are thought to be young and beautiful. The people in these photographs are older and mostly average looking. They are your friends and neighbors (yes, even if you go to church).

I thought the book was realistic and true to life. If you want to look at beautiful people having sex try porn. If you want to know what swinging is, then this is the book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joke it was about Big Bands. Jan. 9 2013
By T. K. Nagano - Published on Amazon.com
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A fine, well printed book by Taschen, about the alternative life style of an American Sub-Culture. Look like they were trying very hard to have fun.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine pick for libraries not avoiding graphic sexual nudity Dec 16 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
America Swings: Photographs by Naomi Harris is recommended for a range of collections, from photography and social history libraries to those interested in sexuality. Graphic nude images make this a specialty acquisition but the artistry of Naomi Harris' choices provide as much arts detail as social history, making this a fine pick for libraries not avoiding graphic sexual nudity.
5.0 out of 5 stars window to a different type of culture June 13 2014
By Jack Dalton - Published on Amazon.com
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Terrific photographic depiction of this culture. Interesting and intimate selection of photos. Very well done, great representation of the artist's travels
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Well written, fun read but my book is mainly in another language Aug. 7 2013
By McCain chance - Published on Amazon.com
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So I just now got around to reading this book and the first 3 pages are in english and the rest of the book is in German "I think" so I can't continue reading.

I guess I need to see about returning this book.

After the first 3 pages I was hooked and ready to read more then I get slapped with German text.

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