July 29, 2003 12:00am
Photographing the X-Rated World
Source: New York Times
by: Mel Gussow
In Timothy Greenfield-Sanders's studio, the ground floor in a former rectory on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, famous artists, novelists, actors and politicians come to be photographed. Toni Morrison, Brian Dennehy and James Watson each sat for a formal portrait recently, and Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer and Kurt Vonnegut were brought together for a surprisingly fraternal literary trifecta that appeared in Vanity Fair. And then there was Gina Lynn, who on a July afternoon also posed before Mr. Greenfield-Sanders's Deardorff camera.
For those who may have missed her latest films ("Dirty Work," "High Rise" and "Retro Lust"), Ms. Lynn is a big star — as big a star in her own world, the world of pornography, as those other celebrities are in theirs. Of course, in contrast with the others, Ms. Lynn posed nude, wearing only six-inch plastic heels.
Ms. Lynn is one of 30 pornography stars — women, men, gay, straight — who will appear in Mr. Greenfield-Sanders's new book, tentatively titled "XXX: 30 Portraits of Porn Stars." Actually she is No. 20, 19 others, including Jenna Jameson, the so-called queen of pornography, having already been photographed either in the New York studio or in Los Angeles. Each model will have two matching color portraits, one clothed, the other unclothed — as you are, as you bare.
[Read the rest of this story at the New York Times article linked in the box to the right]