Whoretography

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Whoretography - The intersection of imagery, technologies, society & the sex worker rights movement.

Website: www.whoretography.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Whoretographer
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thewhoretographyproject/

I am a Documentary Photographer, Masters Student, & Sex Work Activist interested in challenging the victim-centered nature of sex worker imagery online and how photography is instrumental in the war against sex workers. I want to challenge the prevailing ideology of sex-work & present to the viewer an alternative perception of the industry and its female participants - normally obscured by one particular, narrow version of feminism, by anti-sex-work rhetoric & by modern western cultural attitudes towards women’s bodies & sex.

My work is aimed at stopping the over-simplification of the lives of sex workers, & to challenge current imagery that encourages the sense that the only way of interpreting their lives is to see them as ripe for 'rescue.' .
In the war on sex work, photography silences the intentions, actions, and feelings of sex workers & serves to make their lives more precarious . This narrow & selective representation of male oppression reproduces a politics of pity embedded in the visual representation of sex workers. This visual representation suggests only pity makes sense as a political, social & cultural response.

I am undertaking a pratise based Masters Degree and my thesis attempts to answer the following question;

Whoretography; Is it possible to reclaim the word whore though visual practise as research?

The Name

Whoretography.  It's brutal, right? I am sure it seems counter intuitive to use the word Whore in light of my expectations about the use of appropriate language surrounding sex work.   I am mindful that it is viewed just as a smart play on words. An advertising slogan for commercial purposes.  It started out as just the name of a photobook but  now is a public declaration of sorts against the linguistically disproportionate language used to label women who choose to engage in sex work and the role photography plays in the online sale of sex.

Funding

Whoretography is the intersection of where imagery, technologies, society & the sex worker rights movement collide.  I am seeking funding to take Whoretography from a Masters project (not to fund the MA as I have that covered) to a publishing house and activist platform dedicated soley to the advancement of sex worker rights through the medium of photography and visual practise.

What I am working on?

Whoretography is a multifaceted endeavour that works with found material uncovered via various visual research techniques and cyber ethnography. Below you will find a list of activities of what I am working on now (not including the work I undertake as part of the Masters Programme)

1)     Launching the Whoretography Magazine, which will be a quarterly e-magazine sold via blurb. I do have plans to make this a printed magazine as well.

2)     Maintaining the website as a space on the Internet dedicated solely to the discussion of sex work imagery.

3)     Currently planning a series of speaking engagements, both in London and Manchester.

4)     Currently curating an exhibition to be held in central London and drinks night to launch the Whoretography magazine, will be held in Clapham Old Town.

5)     Working on getting 5 books to publication (details can be found on my website)

6) Working on creating an online library dedicated to sex work photo-books and visual based projects
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Just an update to say that I am now printing more physical copies that I am selling e versions via Blurb and ibooks, I really appreciate people investing in a hard copy. I am nuts bonkers for photographs in the physical form. They are posted in discreet packaging just in case you are worried what the postie may think.

You can buy it directly from my website as a PDF or hard copy, from blurb as a hard copy, e book and PDF and iBooks (e-book)

I have also entered it into a self publishing independent magazine competition via Stack Magazines.
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I am also hoping to have out soon a book of found sex work Polaroids, anonymous stripper audition photographs from the 60s/70s. The book with be available as a hard copy from the Whoretograhy Blurb shop.
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The first edition of the Whoretography Magazine was published on the 14th of Jan 2017. You are able to buy a copy as an e-book via Blurb ( http://www.blurb.co.uk/ebooks/610747-whoretography) I am working on adding a PDF and hard copy version. I am also trying to have it listed with iBooks and that's a mission that is still a work in progress.
Whoretography Contents Page
Wedding photography & sex work intimacy
The murder of Kelly Lee Carr
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I have written article called False photographic consciousness; the visual war on sex work in response to a number of high profile prohibitionist organisations using photography in a particular viscous ways against sex workers. Mouvement du Nid is one such organisation. They created a fake escort website ( http://girlsofparadise.sex) with the aim of deterring men from paying for sex. The site a perfect example of why the dead whore is such a powerful visual marketing tool. Mouvement du Nid argue they are fighting violence against sex workers by using violent images, completely oblivious and ignorant to the way photography gives justification to the violence Mouvement du Nid claim to want to stop. So ignorant, they celebrated upon being awarded a prestigious advertising award for doing nothing more than promoting a stereotype. For an organisation that claims to save sex workers, an image of a dead prostitute is essential for bringing in cash donations.

The article will appear in two forms; full version in the Whoretography Magazine, and a shortened blog post for the Beyond The Gaze research project.
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