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Eric Kroll (1946 - )
Fetish photographer and editor with an incredible diversity of subject matter. Formerly a New Yorker, he now resides in San Francisco. His http://www.fetish-usa.com features an astounding amount of work, filmed with a keen eye and brilliant mind. He has also published some collections ("Fetish Girls" and "Beauty Parade"), and composed introductions for influential works such as the compiled 2-volume "Bizarre" collection and some Taschen folios. Kroll is a man with a profound love for the diversity of fetish, and has done much to encourage newcomers to the field, as well as to inspire them with his camera work.
- The Transformations of Gwen Volume 1 - Eric Kroll [Amazon.com]
As a serious collector of photography, I have long been a fan of Eric Kroll. His vision is erotic, exotic, sometimes bizarre, always provoking. His Gwen series is an exciting followup to his previous collections like Fetish Girls and Beauty Parade, in that here he approaches photography as sequential art, a visual approach that adds context and implied storylines to the titillating images. Kroll picks up where the art of John Willie and Eric Stanton left off, adding his photographic skills and eye for beauty, mixing in sex and eroticism, tossing in a dash of over-the-edge shock-you images. Maybe this book (and its sequel Transformations of Gwen Vol. 2) are not for the timid, but it's the cutting-edge fantasy that wet dreams are made of. --Shirrel Rhoades for amazon.com
- Motel Fetish - Chas Ray Krider, Chas Krider [Amazon.com]
"Taschen is this art vampire. He's going to bite me on the neck and my art is going to have immortality." - Chas Ray Krider (from an interview with Eric Kroll)
A number of years ago I began to see distinctive layouts in Hustler's Leg World that got me nervous. The photographs were that good. Whoever it was had style and made the women his women. Krider women. Women I began to desire on a monthly basis. In the world of professional golf there is an expression "the world's greatest golfer not to win a major tournament." Chas Ray Krider was the world's greatest erotic photographer not to have a book.
Thanks to TASCHEN we now have over 160 Krider images to pore over. To salivate over. Like a good film noir, he takes us to lustful places. Is it a crime scene or a sea of lust? These beautiful, languid women wait for whom? For me. For you. They play the "waiting game" beautifully. An ass in the air, a pair of crossed legs in nylons, all bathed in warm tones. A still life unstuck in time. So this is what goes on behind closed doors?
Oh, I almost forgot. Alongside these many Midwest femme fatales is Dita, raven-haired icon. Not since Betty Page has a woman fleshed out so correctly a vintage girdle and bra ensemble.
Enjoy. He takes you places where you only vaguely think you have been. - Eric Kroll, editor and pupil [...]
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