The girl-next-door genre is way overdone, and it's probably not the description that Goliath should have used in marketing this new book from New York photographer, Peter Gorman. But despite my problem with the term, girl-next-door, this is a surprisingly good book of nude and erotic photography. And Goliath is to be commended for its extraordinarily high production quality of this 7x10" picture-packed publication.
This is Peter Gorman's fourth book and it follows a similar path outlined in his previous two books, Stripped Naked and Naked Rooms. The central theme here is "everyday" women allowing Gorman entry into their homes, so that he can photograph each of them in the nude and occasionally acting out their sexual fantasies. Masturbation plays a role here and may be what prompted the title, Touch. But although erotica is a quality laced throughout this work, it could more aptly be described as confident women, parading themselves and their sexuality, not so much to titillate as to affirm their own sense of freedom, self worth, and self empowerment. They are beautiful, they are sexual, and they are quite comfortable with that level of self awareness.
All images are color based and appear to be shot in a mixture of natural and flash lighting. There is a pseudo-documentary feel to much of the work, with very little use of background blur or other depth-of-field tricks. Everything in their rooms, in their yards, and on their bodies is sharp and clear - Gorman captures everything. Each photograph is presented in full-page format with the opposite page white and barren, driving full attention to the featured image. So, although there are over two hundred pages, there are 106 photographs of around thirty models.