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Double Exposure

Double Exposure

Some may consider Art Basel to be pornographic in a way, which may explain why porn star Ron Jeremy is in town. Or not. You see, renowned celeb photographer Michael Grecco is here for a book signing party tonight at the Hustler Hollywood store on Washington Avenue along with porn stars Jeremy and Sunny Lane, who are featured in his latest book, Naked Ambition: An R-Rated Look at an X Rated Industry.

From the trailblazing naughtiness of Betty Page to the pole-dancing craze of modern housewives, the continual mainstreaming of adult entertainment is undeniable. Now comes Naked Ambition: An R-Rated Look at an X-Rated Industry, a fine-art book from renowned celebrity photographer Michael Grecco that offers an unabashed peek under the silken covers of the multi-billion dollar porn industry. Published by San Francisco-based Rock Out Books, the beautiful hard cover, full color, 224-page book, strategically oversized at 13 3/4? x 10?, will just barely be able to slide into retail store shelves upon its pre-Holidays publication November 15.

Naked Ambition takes readers to a surreal setting where thousands travel each January: the Adult Video News Awards in Las Vegas. Culling from well over 13,000 photographs taken during two recent AVN awards shows and conventions, Grecco gained access backstage and in every other area of the four-day Las Vegas pornography extravaganza. The result is a unique collection that captures artistic, revealingly human portraits of porn stars and filmmakers, both legends and literal newcomers. Along with human subjects, the book features provocative props, hardware, footwear, sex toys and gadgets used exclusively in the adult industry.

For the text of Naked Ambition, Grecco chose veteran pop culture journalist/author Lonn Friend and former FHM executive editor Rob Hill. The two seasoned scribes crafted insightful essays and biographical captions that lend literary depth to the breathtaking photos. Readers will be both titillated and surprised by the journeys these X-rated performers made from anonymity to erotic stardom. This is not an industry of human casualties, but an eclectic collection of astute, enterprising sexual artists, notes Friend. Some of their stories absolutely boggle the mind.