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The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe

Photographer Michael Grecco says he got the idea for his latest book after attending the Adult Video Awards. “I went as a spectator because my wife’s in the TV industry,” explains Grecco, a BU grad who shoots celebrity portraits for everyone from Entertainment Weekly to TIME. “It was so over-the-top, I thought I was in a Fellini movie….I just wanted to put these people in a book.” The result is Naked Ambition: An R-Rated Look at an X-Rated Industry, a picture book that peeks under the silken sheets of the porn industry. With one exception, Grecco got to photograph everyone he approached, including Jenna Jameson, spike-haired former minister Halcyon, and the 6-foot-4 Alexis Skye. The only one who wouldn’t pose? Male film star Evan Stone. “He said he doesn’t do still work,” Grecco told us. For obvious reasons, we can’t publish the photos, but Grecco will give a talk at BU’s Photographic Resource Center on Nov. 26. Asked if his pre-teen kids have seen the book, Grecco said not yet. “It’s almost PG, but not quite.”