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Serge Jacques & Paris-Hollywood

Published on January 22nd, 2017

Another subversive erotic photographer from the 1950s-60s was a Frenchman named Serge Jacques. He published the leading pin-up magazine in France for over a quarter of a Century. Cinema Paris-Hollywood in 1946 evolved as Paris-Hollywood through to 1952 and became Les beautes de Paris de Hollywood until 1953. From that year through to 1974 the magazine hit it’s real stride as Folies de Paris et de Hollywood. The magazine included erotic images by well regarded international photographers and models and printed 80,000 copies per fortnight at it’s height.

Yet there’s not a lot to be found on the Internet about Serge Jacques, beyond his pictures and magazines. He was once arrested in the street for possession of an erotic photograph displaying pubic hair that was inside his locked briefcase; the police regularly raided his studio and darkroom. The court appearances were numerous and as a result some issues of Folies de Paris et de Hollywood were deemed offensive to the public and removed from sale.

In the finest tradition of Taschen two books of his photographs were published – Serge Jacques (1998) and Paris-Hollywood (2001). That Taschen chose to publish two books of Serge Jacques’ photographs speaks to his importance as a photographer.

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The French Erotic Photographer Hubert Toyot

Published on December 28th, 2016

When I went to research one of my favourite erotic photographers from the 1960s-1970s it appeared to be a no-brainer. Hubert Toyot (1932-2012) images aren’t that difficult to find online. He shot pin-ups for magazines and stills from several French erotic movies dated to the early 1970s. However, Toyot seems to have faded away into obscurity.

It is only in recent years that Toyot’s erotic mastery behind the camera is gaining new recognition. And deservedly so. Because some say that Toyot was overshadowed in his day by the much more famous erotic photographer Serge Jacques.

Which is a fair argument, I guess. Toyot shot a lot of erotic work that dates to that popular style. His pictures shows all the 1960s influences that drove Carlo Mollino in that secret project; or André Bélorgey; or Roland Carre. Some even refer to Toyot as the French Harrison Marks, a bold but not unwarranted comparison. Toyot was probably all those things and overshadowed by the lot of them.

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Jamie McCrossen Should Be Released

Published on December 8th, 2016

The incarceration of Jamie Gregory McCrossen for a quarter of a Century is an indictment on the Tasmanian prison system and the legal framework that supports indefinite sentences to prevent possible crime in the future.

Jamie has served longer in a Tasmanian prison (to prevent any chance he might commit another crime) than the average murderer would serve without bothering to apply for parole. Had he been the average convicted murderer, Jamie would have already served his sentence in full, be a free man and live without supervision. That’s the everyday reality of most murderers. Sentence, parole, release… time served. Very few murderers get Life maximum sentences in Tasmania.

But Jamie isn’t a murderer. Not even close to it. He’s been a lot of things, but not a murderer or rapist. We need to keep that in context.

The down side of the Dangerous Criminal legislation is that fundamentally Jamie’s indefinite incarceration is about the possibility of committing a future crime. It’s incarceration as some perverse prevention measure. Because Jamie threatened a witness in the very early 1990s at the age of 20 while in prison for a robbery he committed 2 years earlier.

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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