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Forms of Desire
By Doris Kloster
In the trend of S/M and fetishism
in art that Doris Kloster helped popularize with her first self-titled
book, Kloster remains the only prominent female photographer to do significant
work. Now, with her new book, Forms of Desire, Kloster transcends
that genre and utilizes her unique position to examine a broader range
of erotic expression, pointedly exploring female sexuality in all of its
various guises. With this collection of nudes and portraits, all show
on location, Kloster invites the viewer to experience the rich and varied
sexuality of a multiracial group of strong, adventurous women. The result
is nothing less than a compendium of female sexual expression, exploring
different facets of women's sexual natures--from fetishism and role-playing
to the use of toys and gender-bending.
As cofounder and editorial director of FAD magazine, Kloster has
been walking the cultural edge for over ten years, photographing sex radicals
and capturing women's sexual power with her lens. Forms of Desire is her
most accomplished work to date; her strongest statement on sexuality,
power, and gender.
Artist and alternative journalist Doris Kloster received
a B.A. in Art History from Boston University and an M.A. in Studio Art
from New York University. A freelance photographer, she has shot editorial
features, advertising, record albums, and book covers in London, Paris,
Milan, and New York City. Kloster is cofounder and editorial director
of FAD magazine. She has curated and her work has been featured
in numerous art gallery exhibitions in the United States and Europe and
collected in one previous book, Doris Kloster (Taschen.)
She teaches photography at the New School for Social Research in New York
"Besides Fraulein Kloster, Madonna seems like the girl next door."
--David Rimanelli, Harper's Bazaar
"Kloster captures the kink, camp, and sensuality of the S/M scene in a
way that would make Helmut Newton blush."
--Nora Burns, Paper magazine
Read Doris Kloster's preface
and Pat Califia's introduction to Forms
Get a better look at the work of Doris Kloster.
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