William Mortensen, Master of Early Era Horror Photography

October 21st, 2014|Categories: Classic Celebrities, Erotica|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

William Mortensen is an art historical hero not well known to the masses. Mortensen began as a Hollywood artist; a contemporary of Cecil B. DeMille who worked in everything from set decoration to costumery. He was a photographer too, and as the jack-of-all-trades grew more popular in the film industry, he was able to photograph the likes of Jean Harlow and Peter Lorre, the resulting images ending up in glamorous magazines and bestselling books. Except Mortensen was no typical portrait artist.

Influenced by the burgeoning genre of horror film growing inside studios like Universal in the 1920s and ’30s, he produced portraits that were more nightmare than reality. Manipulating his images with printmaking techniques and rather primitive collage-like practices, his artworks looked like paintings rather than photographs. Given the subject matter — monster primates, transfixing nudes and anything occult — it was just easier to assume the former. His non-celebrity imagery had no limits, as he obsessed over torture, death and unbridled sexuality. (text from here)

Orange is the New Black’s Taryn Manning photographed by Sheryl Nields for Playboy, April 2011

June 7th, 2014|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Erotica, TV|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The second season of Orange is the New Black was released yesterday and we’re already 5 episodes in and loving it. To celebrate I thought I would share these pictures of Taryn Manning who plays Tiffany ‘Pennsatucky’ Doggett from her Playboy spread. We’ve been fans of Taryn for years now and there are a bunch of ladies we love on the show – Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne and now Lori Petty (not to mention the first episode being directed by lesbian icon Jodie Foster.) The show is funny and poignant and highly addictive.

Madonna as an art model in 1977

October 27th, 2013|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Erotica|Tags: , , , , , , |

Aged 18, in late 1977, a University of Michigan dance student named Madonna Louise Ciccone posing nude at $10 an hour for photographer Herman Kulkens.