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Giant revolutionary girls on Broadway…

Billboards are one of my favorite photographic subjects, and particularly billboards with enormous images of women. There are more than a few scattered throughout this blog. Here is my latest snapshot, a picture of a promotion for a new Amazon series that started streaming on 10/28/16. The billboard is on Broadway a few blocks above Times Square.

A very arresting group portrait.

A very arresting group portrait.

 

When I first saw the image a couple of weeks ago, when I was going to get some coffee, I was immediately struck by how familiar the girls looked, even though I didn’t know them. I thought the head bands worn by the two on the ends were odd, because at first I thought these were contemporary characters and you rarely see women wear head bands anymore. Then, when I learned the show takes place in the late 1960s (it’s about female journalists protesting their treatment in the workplace), I realized that, in a way, I did know these gals–that’s what most young ladies looked like back then.

So I get a nice little nostalgic twinge every time I see these pretty faces coming at me from long ago…

 

POSTSCRIPT 11/2/16

The morning after I wrote the above, the billboard was gone, replaced by something so boring it wasn’t even worth taking a picture of. So I’m glad I didn’t procrastinate about making a record of GIRLS GIRLS REVOLT while it was up.

In fact, I made several pictures of it, at different times. Here are two more, taken at night:

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Although the pic is far from perfect, I do like the one where the faces are glimpsed between the trucks. I wish I’d got the exposure better, but I shot it with my flip phone.

Fortunately, I discovered there is also another, vertical version of the billboard about a block away, on Seventh Avenue, and here the girls loom large against the buildings almost assembled in an ominous mass against them…

 

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Don’t know how long this second billboard will be up, but at least I’ve captured it. Someday I’ll have to locate the shot-on-film images I took of the huge Jessica Alba billboard that hung on the Hearst Building many years ago; I shot those pictures on film, but I can’t remember where I put the prints. Too much on my mind lately…

Well, I love my giantesses! 😉

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2016 in Amazon.com, New York City, Times Square

 

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Learn more about Candida Royalle

In my last post I told you about the memorial service for Candida Royalle, the 70s pornstar who, starting in the 80s, became the pioneering feminist erotica filmmaker. Now I want to mention that in the current issue of Penthouse Forum for January 2016, available both on newsstands and in digital format here, I have an article, my first for this magazine, that tells you more in depth about her life and work. It’s under my other byline, Neil Wexler, which I use for non-fiction and interviews.

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Editor Eric Danville—himself the well-known chronicler of the life of another porn legend with his definitive book The Complete Linda Lovelace—called me in September 2015, shortly after Candida died, and asked if I’d write a tribute to her. I didn’t know Candida except as a friendly professional acquaintance in the New York porn business, so it was quite a revelation to research her story in depth, get poignant memories and thoughts from some of her closest friends, and discover not only how accomplished she was as a producer, director, actress, screenwriter, singer, book author, sex toy designer, and speaker on human sexuality—but also to learn how very many friends she had, and how beloved and respected she was by a wide circle of diverse people.

The title of the piece is “The Really Groovy Life of Candida Royalle,” taken from something one of her old high school friends told me. I hope you’ll check it out and be inspired to watch some of her films, all readily available on DVD and streaming. A good place to start would be at CandidaRoyalle.com.

 

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