2nd April ’14 – Barbara Nitke

For a long time Brighton has lacked a photography gallery of note, putting on exciting exhibitions and not just photos of the piers at sunset. Fortunately, between Space @ Create and One Eyed Jack’s, over the last year we’ve been spoilt as the two new spaces have been curating some fantastic shows. For the first time, on April 2nd, we’ll be working with OEJ to present a talk from Barbara Nitke just a couple of days before her show at the gallery opens.

Wednesday April 2nd. Doors at 6pm, talk starts at 7pm. Free Entry at The Old Market, Brighton. Free Entry

(this talk will contain sexually explicit images)


One Eyed Jacks Gallery is pleased to announce the UK debut of American photographer Barbara Nitke, coinciding with a talk from the artist in association with Miniclick on April 2nd. The show’s title American Ecstasy is taken from her recently published series of behind-the-scenes photographs of the American porn industry in the years 1982-1991. Featuring famed stars such as Ron Jeremy, Vanessa Del Rio and Nina Hartley, this series of intimate photographs embraces Nitke’s longstanding fascination with human sexual relations, a subject she has explored in numerous televised debates. Nitke is a devout defender of freedom of expression, and in 2001, filed a lawsuit, along with co-plaintiff the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, challenging the constitutionality of the Communications Decency Act, a federal statute prohibiting the publication of obscenity on the Internet (Nitke vs. Gonzales).

The result of 12 years work as a set photographer on in the industry, American Ecstasy allows us a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse at this pre-Internet ‘Golden Age of Porn’, which Nitke describes as: “the most exciting, boring, stomach-turning, splendid subject I could ever hope to photograph.”

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Post-1991, after the hardcore porn business moved to Los Angeles, Nitke began shooting on the New York sets of fetish and S &M movies and has since been hailed by The Village Voice for her quest ‘to find humanity in marginal sex.’ Nitke has exhibited across the USA, published two monographs, has been featured in countless books and publications, and numerous panel discussions on subjects of sexuality. Nitke was born in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1950 and grew up in Virginia and Alaska. She is currently a fashion/art photographer, and is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Wednesday April 2nd. Doors at 6pm, talk starts at 7pm. Free Entry at The Old Market, Brighton.

Free Entry

(this talk will contain sexually explicit images)

One comment

  1. Pingback: Empire project by Jon Tonks, talk at Miniclick, Brighton

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