American Swings

Harris, Naomi
Publisher: Taschen
Binding: Hardcover with slipcase
Language: English/French/German/Spanish
Pages: 256
Measurements: 29.00 x 37.00 cm

New book, never opened. Swinging sex lives of everyday Americans\n\nNaomi Harris’s subjects are not the usual perfected androids who populate contemporary erotica, but ordinary people with extraordinary sex lives; this book explores a rarely-seen side of sex in America. This edition is limited to 1,000 numbered copies, signed by both Naomi Harris and Richard Prince. The cover features a four-color, silk screened, 3-dimensional stamped metal reproduction of a classic American motel sign, specially conceived and created for this edition.\n\nRichard 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.\n\nWhen 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 …”\n\nHe 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.\n\nStunningly photographed and surprisingly sexy, Richard Prince describes Harris’s America Swings as “something that’s gloriously alternative, that isn’t rentable, that can’t be downloaded, that’s uninhibited and filled with a sense of strange joy. Almost like a J.G. Ballard theme park for sex.”\n\nAlso available as an Art Edition, limited to a total of 100 copies and accompanied with one of two original prints.\n\n”These people are definitely having better sex than the rest of us.”\n- NAOMI HARRIS

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