Sex Workers as Image-Makers Talk

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Sex Workers as Image-Makers Talk

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This is a PDF of a 2 hour artist salon I presented at a conference at the Ambika P3 gallery in central London. It comes as a downloadable PDF e-mailed to you, link is valid for 24 hours.

The rise of the internet in the mid-1990s allowed online sex work to flourish, sex workers themselves began to create their own photographic self-representations to sell sex and since then photography has played a vital role in the sale of sex on social media platforms. The internet has allowed female sellers of sex to control, produce and manage the visual façade of sex work, not just feature in them. Sex workers are now visual content–makers a role facilitated by the massive changes the Internet has brought to the sex industry, embodying a technology-led disruption that has changed the fundamental economics of sex work. The widespread availability of information on the Internet has revolutionised sex workers’ marketing techniques and the verbal and visual vocabulary of sex work. Words still matter and have their allure, but digital photographs are now fundamental to the transaction of sex.

The censorship of online sex culture and the eviction of sex workers from the open internet necessitate academic research into user-generated visual data created by sex workers. The discussion of sex workers as image-makers now warrants serious academic attention, and, until my PhD is notably absent from the discussions of online sex work.

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