- Tapa blanda: 112 páginas
- Editor: Galeri Wolfsen; Edición: Bilingual (1 de octubre de 2010)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 8791529166
- ISBN-13: 978-8791529160
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Jeffrey Silverthorne: Boystown, the Perfume of Desire (Inglés) Tapa blanda – oct 2010
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In Nuevo Laredo, just south of the U.S.-Mexico border, complexes of sex clubs called Boystowns cater to American men, and a few Mexicans, who wish to watch women take off their clothes and perhaps to pay for sex with one of them. Photographer Jeffrey Silverthorne (born 1946), who has in the past made photographs of landscapes, still lifes, portraits of transvestites and of dead bodies in a morgue, photographed the women who sell their bodies nightly in the Mexican establishments for wages that far exceed what they could earn in the local maquiladoras. Lurid and unsettling, Boystown: The Perfume of Desire presents 56 color and 34 black-and-white images. "On a simplistic and juvenile level," Silverthorne writes, "a Boystown is a celebration of life, a candy store of flesh, with any psychological or medical consequences deferred. On an adult level, Boystown is a direct observation of a spiritual poverty and economic failure that both countries and cultures share."
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About par as far as French thinking goes: lead quotes from men of letters followed by a mindscape composed of "the qualities of a 'non-place'", "Manichean dialectical twists", references to "a void", followed by seeing a photograph as "a reality indexing document" (whose reality, of course, is never revealed) and "That which never sees the light of day, which is hidden is close to the sacred, the mythic, the original sin", and the onligatory note of absurdity "worthy of Samuel Beckett." There is the mandatory discussion of "beauty" and the typical mystical rant (and conceit) of "the artist" wherein all is reducible to metaphor, and "a dialog between bodies in movement, stream of consciousness, and the flow of time, all creating a dynamic resonance." If you like to play exotic mind games derived from visual images, this is your book. Very post-modern. If you want to understand the realities of prostitution in Mexico, however, you must look elsewhere, as few would confuse pictures of workers at a job site with the meaning, nature, or context of the work itself. "Perfume" indeed, in this case visual. The only "desire" I can see lies in the realm of marketing: to pass off pictures of oppressed Mexican sex workers as "art" and to add to this the gloss of sterotype via esoteric intellectual commentary, thus invoking another illusion: that of legitimacy. Regarding photos taken at "Tamyko's" (sic), Tamyko is not the name of an individual, but the name of the brothel (Tamyko Club) in Nuevo Laredo.