self publishing

Come with me and join the creative resistance in the fight for rights.

Hey All!

I am taking a bit of a break from social media for the coming weeks.  I envision it to be six weeks, but we will see how long I can go for without engaging in sarcastic Twitter banter. I can give up sex and cocaine, affairs with handsome bourgeois married men of Battersea but I am not sure if I can give up the Twitter, even for a brief time. We will see.  I will occasionally be tweeting from the wonderment that is TweetDeck about the books and magazines.  Sorry, I feel dirty saying this, but I need to schedule my tweets in advance, the Twitter equivalent of faking perhaps.    I apologise for my lack of spontaneous tweeting. I apologise for the lack of sarcasm in the coming weeks.  I am sure it will come back with a vengeance and a hefty dose of wit, honesty and sarcasm come May.

Whoretography has morphed into something more than what I could have ever imagined it to be.  It has gone from an off the cuff (I should say off the pillow) remark post fucking Steve McQueen when it dawned on me that I wanted to photograph him naked. Photograph us naked together.  Somewhere between realising I was in the business of a photographic conspiracy in which my camera was acting as an agent for the falsehood of couple cohesion and intimacy, and the idea of documenting paid-for sexual intimacy (okay, mainly with a married Steve McQueen) as the antidote to the visual falsehoods of wedding photography.  I remember it like it was yesterday but it was not, it was sometime in 2014.  I quipped that he could call me the Whoretographer and three years later, here we are today.

It is now the reason I have to take a break from social media for about six weeks.  There are many things I need to accomplish;

  • Finish writing my dissertation (crikey!)
  • Finishing the books for the MA (double crikey!)
  • Compiling the box sets and orders to send them out.
  • Arranging a Whoretography Exhibition
  • Re launching the bookshop
  • Redesign of the website to move it from a creative practice asresearch platform to a commercial self-funding visual activist and book publishing platform.
  • Applying for PhDs
  • The never ending quest to find funding.

I still very much need your help and support, and you can be a champion of Whoretography in many ways.  Come with me and join the creative resistance in the fight for sex workers' rights.

You can be a part of the creative resistance by;

  1. Following Whoretography on the Twitter ( find us on facebook too!)
  2. Buy a magazine, a PDF, an e-book or physical book.  Everything is printed in-house (or via blurb) and is sex work positive.
  3. Comment on blog posts, retweet where you can.
  4. Donate if you wish by way of gofundme, bank transfer or Bitcoin.
  5. Submit content and send me examples of where the media betrays sex workers by the visual rhetoric they circulate.
  6. Send me suggestions for books to review for the Sex Worker Review of Books.
  7. and anything else you can think of!

Thanks for reading me and many thanks!

False photographic consciousness: the visual war on sex work.

Whoretography scored a nice blog entry as part of the Beyond the Gaze Project , you can read the blog post here.  It's a redacted version of the one that I'll publish in the Whoretography magazine https://www.beyond-the-gaze.com/2016/11/17/false-photographic-consciousness-the-visual-war-on-sex-work/

Here is a snippet ....

The prohibitionist visual portrayal shapes everyone’s understanding of the lives and bodies of sex workers.    It's that; we must challenge and call out.   A new interpretation of sex worker imagery can change the visual landscape that forms the political and social views that rob so many of us of autonomy.  Change what people see of sex work, and we change what they understand.
People’s perception of other people’s experiences is informed by the images they see,  so it's unsurprising prohibitionist picture selection always drums out the victim narrative.  Except Rachel Moran, because Moran thought it fit to sell a harrowing tale of a working class girl abused with a fashion inspired photograph airbrushed and photo-shopped to boot.  I believe they are not aware they are doing it, a false photography consciousness.  So blinded by their visual rhetoric they believe it to be the obvious visual truth.  This denial is handy if you seek to indoctrinate people perversely with their not so subtle attempts at visual rhetoric.

Whoretography update

My apologies for the blogging silence of late but I have now returned to blogging on a regular basis.   Thought it would be best to list what I am working on in addition to the academic requirements of a practice-based MA (writing my dissertation and completing the 5/6 books)

So, this is what is happening with Whoretography

  1. Launching the Whoretography Magazine, a quarterly e-magazine dedicated solely to the discussion of sex work and photography.  Subsequent editions will be available as hard copies.
  2. Maintaining an internet presence via the website, blog and twitter accounts. I deactivated the Instagram account as not sure of its direction, and the Twitter account is locked due to a few people thinking its acceptable to spread whorephobia.
  3. Set up a Gofundme account for those who wish to support Whoretography anonymously www.gofundme.com/w-tography
  4. Publishing a book of anonymous found sex worker polaroids
  5. Photographing the cover of a sex work academic book
  6. Writing for the Beyond the Gaze research project
  7. Preparing to speak at an academic conference in January (will publish details soon)
  8. Preparing to speak at a well-known chain bookstore details to follow as soon as I have more information.

Whoretography Magazine

Whoretography began because I had a longing to document the sexual encounters I had with a married man. That connective (what felt like MDMA-inspired) fucking that we enjoyed. A desire to photograph our entangled bodies before we royally fucked it up.

Whoretography has since morphed into a Masters Degree in the field of creative media arts. It's a visual platform at the intersection of images, technologies and society. A combination of cyber ethnography and visual research methods.  An independent publishing and sex work activist platform.

Out soon!

 

 

Paradigm Visuals

Regrettably due to recent personal circumstances I will no longer be speaking at this event.

I have been asked to give an informal talk at the Paradigm Visuals Event to be held at London South Bank University.  This is very much an event for undergraduate students to show case their work and and its an honour to be invited to speak at an event curated and organised by a group of talented photography undergraduate students. 

Paradigm Visuals is an undergraduate student-led photographic research programme with a focus on photography, exhibiting and publishing based at the School of Creative Arts, London South Bank University, UK.

From May 23rd – 27th Paradigm Visuals occupies a pop-up photobook space. The group undertook a 12 weeks research project exploring self-publishing as a means of approaching photography in the materiality of the book. 

Please go to their individual websites, and pay attention to their work.  You can find links to their websites on the Artists Talks page.

Photography & Book by Amy Warwick - http://www.amywarwick.com/

Photography & Book by Amy Warwick - http://www.amywarwick.com/

You can register for the event here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/photobook-pop-up-shop-tickets-25533812320?ref=estw

I will be speaking on the subject of browsing and walking as photobook research methods and will discuss my belief that its imperative that photobook research material be included to form part of the final body of work.

Regrettably due to come recent personal circumstances ( just see my twitter feed if you are curious)  I will not be selling the books at the bookshop but will have sample copies available for viewing and discussing.