30cm x 25cm. 132 pages, colour illustrations. Blue cloth, silver lettering, pictorial half-jacket.
“American ecstasy is a memoir in pictures and words of the twelve years photographer Barbara Nitke spent shooting stills on porn movie sets in New York City. The book takes place in the 1980s at the end of the Golden Age of Porn, as the industry transitioned from high budget, scripted film productions to smaller and ever cheaper video shoots. Nitke’s images reveal the contradictions inherent in the business – great beauty, tinged with sadness, punctuated by surreal silliness. As she chronicles the sights and sounds of life on the sets, her stories also reveal her own struggle to come to terms with the end of her marriage and her fascination with the sexual outlaws of the porn world. Among the porn stars featured are Ron Jeremy, Vanessa del Rio, Nina Hartley, Sharon Mitchell, Sharon Kane, Siobhan Hunter, Jeanna Fine, Damian Cashmere, Tasha Voux, and many more. Directors include Henri Pachard, Candida Royalle, Lasse Braun and others.” (publisher’s blurb) Produced in an edition of 1,500 copies. Scarce, 4 copies in OCLC.
Very minor shelf and handling wear. Half-jacket very slightly misfolded. Near Fine Condition.