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ISBN13: 9783822863985
ISBN10: 382286398x
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Anyone who has seen her Digital Diaries has intimate knowledge of Natacha Merritt. And of her friends, male and female, and her acquaintances as well. But Merritt's favourite motif is herself: she poses almost every minute of the day for her camera, taking photographs of herself in bed, in the shower, having sex with her friend, masturbating with and without accessories, from every imaginable angle and with the camera usually at arm's length. Merritt, born 1977, works with a digital camera, the Polaroid of the 90s, breaking down the most intimate details into universally accessible bits of information. Eric Kroll came across Natacha Merritt by chance on the Internet, where she had put several of her photographs. This was something that left the tradition of classical pin-up and fetish photography, in which Kroll himself works, far behind. Face to face with Merritt's photographs one can reflect on intimacy and publicity in the digital age, on narcissism even, or on radical self-exploration with the help of the camera. But this all sounds better as Natacha Merritt herself once put it: in her view, she has found a new mode of masturbating her way into the next millennium.


Using a digital camera before they were popular, Merrit has photographed herself at arm's length in a variety of intimate and sexual poses, by herself and with friends. This work reflects on intimacy and publicity in the digital age, on narcissism, and radical self-exploration. 250 illustrations.

About the Author

Natacha Merritt grew up in San Francisco. She went to Paris to study law but after three months abandoned her studies for a much more exciting part-time job: taking digital photographs of models with her Casio, at a time when digital cameras were rare and expensive in Europe. Merritt quickly discovered the advantages of this technology. On her return to San Francisco she showed her works on the Internet. In March 1999 she received a call from Eric Kroll, and shortly afterwards met up with Benedikt Taschen in L.A. — the start of Digital Diaries. She is currently working on her own website.

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lizw, June 29, 2009 (view all comments by lizw)
This review quote from Weekly Wire really sums this book up:

"Her book proposal to art house publisher Taschen must have read something like, "Okay, like, here's the thing: I take digital pictures of myself masturbating and having sex with a lot of really hot, emaciated model types. I'm so daring and out there. Hope you guys like my pictures a bunch!""

Lots of guys who like this book for the hard-on it gives them will strike faux-intellectual positions, insisting that the vapid self-absorption of a cute 21-year old taking pictures of her own perky breasts and shaved vagina is courageous and groundbreaking.

This book poses as a contribution to discourse on female sexuality but it is the opposite, reinforcing the oppressively narrow "teen-sluts hot 4U" tedium of most current sexual representation.

My advice: if you want sexy intelligence spend your money on a subscription to On Our Backs or Nan Goldin's work , and leave this junk in the recycling bin where it belongs.
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Product Details

Merrit, Natacha
Kroll, Eric
Merrit, Natacha
Kèoln :
Digital techniques
Photo Essays
Nudes & Erotic
Photography of the nude
Photography of women
Photography, erotic
Techniques - Digital
Photoessays & Documentaries
Subjects & Themes - Erotica
Photography-Anthologies and History
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9.10x6.58x1.05 in. 2.13 lbs.

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Using a digital camera before they were popular, Merrit has photographed herself at arm's length in a variety of intimate and sexual poses, by herself and with friends. This work reflects on intimacy and publicity in the digital age, on narcissism, and radical self-exploration. 250 illustrations.
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