Off the Set: Porn Stars and Their Partners

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Porn stars are lightning rods. In a society that both consumes pornography and condemns it, pornography has always been as a divisive barometer. And in spite of the recent dialogue regarding the pornification of America, porn performers remain a group of people who are consistently pushed to the margins of our society. Often, the pervasive condemnation that pornography is inherently dehumanizing is used to deny porn performers their humanity. As a group, they are dismissed as incapable of many of the things valued by the public at large, among them stability, family, and loving relationships. Photographers Paulie & Pauline stepped behind the scenes of the porn industry to take an intimate look at the private life of ten porn stars and the significant others in their lives, including Jesse Jane, Tera Patrick, Seymore Butts, Mari Possa, Kylie Ireland, Buck Angel, Nicki Hunter, and Lorelei Lee. What they discovered was not a collection of people whose work as porn performers reduced them to damaged, jaded victims who need to be rescued and rehabilitated. Instead, they found a group of acutely self-aware individuals who, along with their partners, embrace their choices to work in porn and thrive on their romantic relationships. The photos in Off the Set capture the beauty of the genuine bonds shared by these couples. Much as if you were permitted to peer into their private journals, this collection of photos aspires to reveal their vulnerability and, most of all, their humanity. In addition to more than 100 b/w and color photos, the book also features a foreword written by sex educator Tristan Taormino, and several essays on the realities of relationships for porn performers written by the stars themselves. A portion of the sale price of each book will be donated to the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation.

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Paulie & Pauline are a creative team based in New York City. Anchored in the visual traditions of Mary Ellen Mark and Danny Lyon, the documentary photos in Off the Set explore their subjects from a genuinely intimate perspective. In both their portrait work and their erotic photography, Paulie & Pauline seek out candid moments in the human experience with a curiosity that is heavily influenced by their backgrounds in journalism and sociology. Mostly, though, their photos reflect their voyeuristic fascination with people and their stories. Photos from Off the Set have been published in print and online, appeared in several group exhibitions of fine-art photography, and are included in the permanent collections at the Museum of Sex in New York City and the art gallery at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. Tristan Taormino is an award-winning author, columnist, editor, sex educator, and feminist pornographer. She is the author of six books, including True Lust: Adventures in Sex, Porn and Perversion and The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women. She runs her own adult film production company, Smart Ass Productions, and has been an exclusive director for Vivid Entertainment since 2006. She wrote the popular syndicated sex column Pucker Up for The Village Voice for almost ten years.

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Off the Set is a playful, insider's view of porn stars in a way they are never seen. Paulie & Pauline have given us a glimpse into the everyday, shockingly normal sex lives of these hardcore stars who look like they could be your next door neighbors. --Barbara Nitke

Off the Set treats porn seriously, and its stars shine when given the chance to exhibit all of themselves, not just the naughty bits. --Penthouse Magazine

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