Malerie Marder’s Gorgeous (and NSFW) Photos of Dutch Prostitutes Look Like Classical Paintings
When American photographer Malerie Marder was a student at Yale, Phillip Lorca diCorcia—who was one of her professors—worked with her on her first monograph,Carnal Knowledge. Her projects have dealt with the relationship between voyeurism and intimacy ever since.
For her new series, Anatomy, Marder spent six years working with prostitutes in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, coming up with compositions that bring to mind the works of painters like Magritte, Toulouse-Lautrec, or Courbet. I called her up for a chat.
VICE: Is it true you had to pay the women for their time?
Malerie Marder: Yes, I paid each woman 350 euros [$480]. A friend of mine, who is a collector, helped me financially but also worked as my assistant. He was my angel, my patron saint; without him none of this would have been possible.
Did you face any problems with convincing people to pose for you?
The real problem was not being able to photograph everyone who wanted me to. I’m a small presence in the studio—I shoot with a view camera that is slow and use an HMI light, which is like a warm sun. It’s a very small set up. I incorporated flash at the end but even that was just an additional light. I didn’t overtake the space so I think the women often forgot about me.
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In an era when fetish was still an anthropological term and men’s magazines relied on code words like specialty and mature, a pioneering Armenian pornographer with an unerring instinct for cultural taboos was busy inventing his own daring adult genre. Though his name is no longer mentioned alongside Hefner and Flynt, Milt Abdjourian’s bold, single-minded dedication to fabric, attire, and hyper-specialized contextual perversion lives on in dozens of colorful titles and still-provocative covers.
Los Angeles scofflaw photographer and writer Scot Sothern has dangled from the rim of propriety his entire career. His revealing images and quick stories have been exhibited and translated around the globe. His whore-noir NSFW column, Nocturnal Submissions, had us asking for more picture and stories from his camera and keyboard. So we asked Scot to whip up new column that gives us another look at life from low angles. This is Sothern Exposure.
At the North Florida Fair in Tallahassee, I’ve rented a booth in a pavilion where vendors are hawking everything from macramé to handguns. I’m a knockabout portrait photographer and I’ve got my photos on display—Floridian denizens, sexy girls and mothers, cherubic babies, and Republican businessmen. I give out coupons for a free portrait sitting while the passersby “ooh” and “ahh” my photos and the blue ribbons attached to the frames.
I hang a sign that says “I’ll be back.” I walk down the midway through the dirt and noise, the rides and the squeals, to the girlie show. The marquee reads “New York Alley-Kat Revue.” The canvas tent is drab and dusty with primary colored banners on shiny oilcloth. There is a stage in front of the canvas backdrop with a black girl on it. And there is a guy on a tall stool at the ticket counter howling words into a microphone that’s spurt out through the tent’s muffled speakers.
The super special September issue of VICE was exclusively culled from the archives of Bob Guccione Sr.—the legendary magazine publisher who built a media empire that started with Penthouse.
This portion of the issue features some photographs of the best unpublished Penthouse pets.
Moscow Is a Paradise
Sasha Mademuaselle's favorite city is Moscow, which isn't all that surprising given it's where she was born and raised. Sasha says that what she particularly loves about her hometown is “the freedom the youth have,” which—considering the recent news aboutPutin viciously restricting freedoms for young people—was kind of surprising.
Still, her photos are great, so we’ll just excuse that last part as narrative license and enjoy all the naked people, dinosaurs, and creepy tattoos instead.
Swedish photographer Lina Scheynius used to be the queen of Flickr in the early 00s. Back then, she posted pictures of her life, her friends, and self-portraits. Her photos received attention for their extremely intimate and sincere nature—or, to put it another way, many of them were pictures of her naked.
Today, although not much has changed in her subject matter, Lina regularly photographs for magazines like Vogue, Dazed and Cofused, and Oyster. For her personal work, Lina publishes small, private volumes of her pictures, with the fifth volume, titled simply 05, just released. I caught up with her for a chat.
VICE: Hey, Lina. In your new book, are you focusing on the same body of work as in your other personal photographic diaries?
Lina Scheynius: Yes, though naturally it keeps evolving over time. But there are still only pictures of what is right in front of me and part of my life. This book is also full of self-portraits, something I have gone back to focusing on lately.
Do you make a distinction between personal work made for yourself and personal work with publishing in mind?
Not really. It’s a bit of a mess on my hard drive, to be honest. I don’t really know what is what until I end up publishing it. I don’t take a lot of straight up and down personal pictures, such as family pictures at fun fairs and Christmas dinners, but if I do you never know what you might end up using them for.
It’s no great secret that VICE loves Richard Kern. Why? Because he’s one of the hardest working and smartest photographers shooting today. Stop asking stupid questions. Tonight, Richard is having an opening for his newest show, “Medicated, etc.” which features some totally new work, including the unveiling of Richard’s film, Medicated, which features cute girls talking about all the prescription pills they take. You can check out the unreleased trailer of it below. He also gave us these fantastic double exposures, which allow you to experience the X-ray vision we all wish we had. We think they rule, but hey, we like cute girls. And Richard. Go to the show!
131 Allen Street
Opening 6 to 8 PM
Today, Thursday, September 5
Here is the trailer for Medicated.