Whoretography books

The Web has brought massive change to the sex industry. As with many other industries the technology-led disruption has changed its fundamental economics. The easy availability of information on the internet has revolutionised the industry’s marketing techniques and its verbal and visual vocabulary. Words can still matter and have their own allure but photographic images are now fundamental to the transaction.

The Whoretography books are a comment on the photographic representation and documentation of sex workers in the digital age.  Sex Workers are imprisoned in the internet, a vision machine that shapes the understanding of their work and bodies and it concerns me greatly that media agencies and exclusionary feminists have weaponised this seeing of sex workers through technology in he war againstautonomy and self determination. I am interested in how society disciplines  sex workers for online self representation and documentation through ridicule and the way sex workers are excluded in the visual conversation where new voices are not permitted.

Whoretograhy is the physical manifestation of the visual representation of sex workers in the digital age.

This has been achieved through 18 months of cyber-anthropology and various cyber-ethnography methods that have allowed me to situate myself into the online sex worker community.  Social media platforms are the new red light districts of the internet. My twitter account has been fundamental to the success of Whoretography.

I am a big believer in the democratisation of  photo-books.  So, its very important to me that the Whoretography books remain affordable. My wish is for them is to enhance the understanding of the  various sex worker experiences through people questioning the intent of the visual images they encounter but I also want the books to help contribute to the safety of sex workers . So a donation to the National Ugly Mugs scheme will be made with every book purchase. 

Having said all of  that, I have to self fund.  A problematic financial dilemma for the self funding MA student with a penchant for ironic and sarcastic visual social commentary and the love of a good photobooks.   So rather than crowd fund, I thought it would be best to advance sell copies of the books which will be dispatched in June & July.

Why no e-books I hear you ask? pfffff! e-books you say!

Well, this is another conversation to be had. I believe the true place of photographs to be in books and on walls.  E-books do not align with my photographic belief sets and I consider them to be sacrilege against my delicate photographic mind set. Yes, really. They offend my snooty artistic photographic sensibilities as I cling desperately to pre industrial images that you can physically touch. I'm 40, I remember the beauty of analogue photography all to well. I am resistant to change.  I am also somewhat pained about the digital dark age we find ourselves in and the precarious fragile nature of the digital image. I am not convinced the internet in its current form is archival.

So here we are, the following books go on sale as of Tuesday. You will be able to buy them from the Bookshop page .... 

They will be shipped world wide in June & July, beautifully wrapped and lovingly packaged with a thank you note and a certificate of donation to Ugly Mugs. 

{Whore}tographer

A not so serious look at my sex work journey and the history behind whoretography.  Whilst I do discuss serious issues and the complicated nature of leading a life of duality its just not me to do so in a serious manner.  This is not a tale of sex work empowerment or a cautionary tale of post sex work career choice regret. its my journey from a childhood of regrettable circumstances and happenings  that fuelled an obsession with photography and how I combined this nuts bonkers passion with photography with over 20 years experience within the sex industry.

Comes as a soft cover 21cm x 26 cm book. Priced at  £17.50

{Whore}steria

My grandmother said red shoes are for little girls and prostitutes ....

A collection of images beautifully presented that make a telling visual comedic statement about sex worker exclusionary feminists obsession with the shoes of sex workers in the war against sex worker human rights.

Comes as a high end soft cover magazine 22cm x 28 cm with gloss cover, matte pages perfectly bound. Priced at £15

 

{Whore}rhetoric

The difference between working at McDonalds and prostitution , is that in prostitution you're the piece of meat ...

A collection of images beautifully presented that make a striking visual statement about how modern day sex worker exclusionary feminists harness the power of violent imagery and employ the same visual propaganda techniques as war mongers and dictators to dehumanise the very women the seek to rescue.  The images that make the rescue industry a fortune and profiteers from the visual myth of the prostituted woman.

Comes as a high end soft cover magazine 22cm x 28 cm with gloss cover, matte pages perfectly bound. Priced at £15

{Whore}phobia

Sex Workers are imprisoned in the internet, a vision machine that shapes the understanding of their work and bodies.

Whorephobia is the revulsion, slandering, persecution, and avoidance of sex workers on the basis that selling sex is morally deviant and responsible for all of societal woes.  It allows a culture of oppression, violence and discrimination to fester.  If you are a sex worker, regardless of where you are perceived to sit on the Whorearchy you belong to a minority  group of which it is socially acceptable to be discriminated against and denied basic human and working rights.

Whorephobia is fuelled by the violence of the sex worker imager.  This book is about bringing together the 8 defining types of images used to dehumanise sex workers in mainstream media and feminism. .

Comes as a  18cm x 18 cm  hard cover book printed on matt paper story book bound. Priced at £32.00

{Whore}stigma

Whore stigma is pervasive throughout society, It’s everywhere, I guess we like oppressing people, or maybe we gain some personal value or elevate ourselves by devaluing somebody else. {Whore}stigma is the visual manifestation of the very real backlash faced by sex workers.

Comes as an A4 hand crafted, printed on fine art papers and hand bound with traditional binding techniques. An authentic and original fine art coffee table book.  A collectors item with a  limited edition print run of 100. Priced at £45

{Whore}dinary

My self representation through curation. I bring together a collection of sex worker selfies that are rarely seen out of the context of the internet. Whoredinary is the selfie presented as if we were in the pre digital age.  A beautiful, painful, honest and insightful look at the fantastically ordinary faces of contemporary sex workers.  A very deliberate attempt through the art of book binding and design to challenge the face of the forced portrait of the prostituted. 

This book comes in two forms.

Comes as an A3 hand crafted, printed on fine art papers and hand bound with traditional binding techniques. An authentic and original fine art coffee table book.  A collectors item with a limited edition print run of 100. Priced at £150

Comes as an A4 hand crafted, printed on fine art papers and hand bound with traditional binding techniques. An authentic and original fine art coffee table book.  A collectors item with a  limited edition print run of 100. Priced at £75

Other titlesand subjects will be added shortly.