New Photography Book Explores Adult Film Stars’ Intimate “Off the Set” Relationships

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A new book of fine-art photography, Off the Set, takes an intimate look at adult film stars’ off-screen romantic lives. Featuring more than 100 photos and several essays written by the stars themselves, Off the Set is a unique collection that groundbreaking photographer Barbara Nitke describes as “a playful, insider's view of porn stars in a way they are never seen.” Off the Set will be available in bookstores and on Amazon.com on April 2, 2010.

Off the Set will release on April 2, 2010.

“Off the Set is a playful, insider's view of porn stars in a way they are never seen.”

Off the Set is a new hardbound book of photographs by Paulie & Pauline that explore the off-screen romantic relationships of ten couples who perform in adult films. In addition to more than 100 photos, the book also features a foreword written by sex educator Tristan Taormino, and several essays on the realities of relationships for performers written by the stars themselves. The book, published by Aural Pink Press, is scheduled for release on April 2, 2010, and will be available for purchase on Amazon.com(pre-release orders currently accepted).

In spite of recent dialogue regarding the “pornification” of America, adult film performers remain a group of people who are consistently pushed to the margins of society. They are often dismissed as incapable of many of the things valued by the public at large, among them stability, family, and loving relationships. Photographers Paulie & Pauline stepped behind the scenes of the adult entertainment industry to take an intimate look at the private lives of ten stars and their significant others, including:

  •     Digital Playground contract star Jesse Jane
  •     Seymore Butts and Mari Possa, stars of the Showtime hit series Family Business
  •     Adult industry veteran performer Kylie Ireland and award-winning director Eli Cross
  •     XRCO Female Performer of the Year and cancer survivor Nicki Hunter
  •     AVN Transsexual Performer of the Year Buck Angel
  •     Feminist adult film sensation Madison Young and Kink.com’s James Mogul

What they discovered was not a collection of people whose work as performers reduced them to damaged, jaded victims. Instead, they found a group of acutely self-aware individuals who, along with their partners, embrace their choices to work in adult entertainment and thrive on the solidity of their romantic relationships. The photos in Off the Set attempt to capture the beauty of the genuine bonds shared by these couples, and to reveal their humanity.

Groundbreaking photographer Barbara Nitke(Kiss of Fire, Kehrer Verlag, 2003) describes Off the Set as “a playful, insider's view of porn stars in a way they are never seen. Paulie & Pauline have given us a glimpse into the everyday, shockingly normal sex lives of these hardcore stars who look like they could be your next door neighbors.”

A portion of the sale price of each book will be donated to the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation(AIM), a non-profit corporation founded in 1998 to care for the physical and emotional needs of people who work in the adult entertainment industry.

About the Author/Artists.
Paulie & Pauline are a creative team based in New York City. In both their portrait work and their erotic photography, Paulie & Pauline seek out uniquely candid moments in the human experience with a curiosity that is heavily influenced by their backgrounds in journalism and sociology. Mostly, though, their photos reflect their voyeuristic fascination with people and their stories. Photos from Off the Set have been published in print and online, appeared in several group exhibitions, and are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Sex in New York City and the art gallery at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.

Tristan Taormino is an award-winning author, columnist, editor, sex educator, and feminist pornographer. She is the author of six books, including True Lust: Adventures in Sex, Porn and Perversion and The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women. She runs her own adult film production company, Smart Ass Productions, and has been an exclusive director for Vivid Entertainment since 2006. She wrote the popular syndicated sex column Pucker Up for The Village Voice for almost ten years.

More information about Off the Set and Paulie & Pauline can be found at paulieandpauline.com

Contact Information:
Paul Sarkis
Phone: 201-936-8167
Web: paulieandpauline.com
On Twitter: @pauliepauline

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