Stepping Out from Behind the Lens: A Qualitative Analysis of Erotic Photographers

Author Name: 
Jocelyn J. Wentland and Amy Muise
Date Paper Written: 
Tue, 06/01/2010
Institution: 
Journal of Sexuality and Culture Vol 14(2) / June, 2010
Summary: 

Pornography and erotica have a long history in society. In order to gain a fuller understanding of erotic photography and the type of clients that participate in erotic photo shoots, qualitative interviews were conducted with eleven photographers who specialize in erotic photography. A descriptive analysis of the typical erotic photo shoot was conducted, as well as a thematic analysis of the role of the photographer. Four main themes were identified including the changing nature of erotic photos, the relationship between the photographer and the client, the erotic photo shoot experience, and motivations.