American Ecstacy – Barbara Nitke on shooting stills for Porn (NSFW)

Barbara Nitke shot stills on over 300 hardcore porn films through the 80’s and 90’s. She’s now raising funds to self publish her book of behind the scenes images. In this video (which includes images from the sets of the films she worked on) Barbara talks about her role as stills photographer.

What’s particularly striking to me is how Barbara’s description of her role is very similar to how I or any other stills photographer sees the job of making publicity stills for the motion picture business. The films may be more explicit and arguably of lesser artistic merit, but the need to publicise and market the films is the same as in the more mainstream film business.

Watch the video and consider contributing to her kickstarter campaign.

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