Glamor Shots – NSFW!

Glamor Photography censored coverSuccessful Glamor Photography
Kelly
1983

Submitter: While helping someone look for photography books here at the public library, I came across this gem. It’s porn – let’s not kid ourselves. Almost every page has topless women on it. To my eye, this is one of those “Art” books that is really upscale porn. The circulation for this book was still good, so I updated the subject heading so that patrons will understand the true intent.

Holly: I’ll just bet it circulates well! Lol! Scroll down AT YOUR PRE-WARNED DISCRETION for the uncensored cover and other images from within.

Uncensored cover

Introduction

Posing

Agents and Agencies

Lighting

Cameras and Lenses

 

13 comments

  1. Someone on Amazon complained in the reviews that they bought a used copy and some of the pages were missing. I wonder which ones.

  2. I bet people aren’t reading all that tiny text.

    “Updated the subject heading” to what? I wasn’t aware the Dewey Decimal had a classification for porn. I guess it went into “Art”?

    As a photography how-to book, it’s eminently weedable. Cameras now are so different from 1983. So it definitely shouldn’t be in the photography section.

    Topless women never go out of style, of course.

  3. Ummm…..I think Submitter has a wild hair. Aside from the cover image and the illustrations of topless women, the book seems to have lots of technical details about cameras, lighting, and whatnot. While I wouldn’t let the under-18s check it out, I’d hardly count it as porn, either.

    1. On the one hand, I agree. I was surprised at the quality of the written content, but from that point of view the book needs to be weeded because all the out-of-date information is useless.

    2. Gateway porn then; Trojan Horse porn? Just tack any nude photos on to any subject matter: US history as reported by the victors and not the victims; macramé crafting; fashion with old neckties; cooking with Jell-O, and so on, and so on….this is exploitation; who reads the words first then only after looks at the pictures? the photos here are to sell his book before any other photography books on the store shelves…AND he doesn’t fail to mention WHAT PLAYBOY LOOKS FOR and Playboy doesn’t look for fully clothed women because we know the market that Playboy sells to. Most photography books don’t give readers advice on how to sell work to Playboy, Hustler, Playgirl and so on.

      1. True, but this book is about how to do glamour photography. In other words, soft core porn. We don’t use that phrase in the US, really, but in other countries that’s what “glamour” modeling means. The title doesn’t just say “how to take successful photos,” and then randomly illustrate with topless shots–it’s teaching the reader how to take specifically those types of photos.

        So a book about how to be a successful porn photographer, yes. But does that make the book itself pornography? To me, no.

    1. Wet T-shirt. As for Ms. Topless, those pictures look more like an anatomy study than particularly glamorous or suggestive, unless you get off on anatomy studies. (I work in a medical research office and whoever compiled a book of serious scientific papers also slipped in several glam shots, both dressed [blouse with top buttons open] and nude, and the nudes were orders of magnitude more sexy than what you show in the submitted book. And women scientists complain that they get sexually harassed !

  4. “Watch for dry skin on elbows.” “Watch for veins in legs.” “Wait for pressure marks from underclothes to disappear.” Of course, now all those things can be Photoshopped out.

    1. Even back then they had airbrushing and retouching. It just took longer.

      So if he’s “waiting for underclothes pressure marks to disappear”, the model has to sit around for a while without them? Dude better have a nice thick robe handy for her to wear. Ah, who am I kidding, he had some flimsy thing.

    2. If you have to, you can, yes. The easiest things to repair, though, are the ones that aren’t broken. If the model and photographer do “wait for pressure marks from underclothes to disappear” they avoid that much postproduction.

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