Forbidden Photographs (1988)

Genres - Culture & Society, Visual Arts  |   Sub-Genres - Graphic & Applied Arts, Shockumentary, Sociology  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Photographer and chronicler of the bizarre Charles Gatewood hosts this videotaped documentary tour of some of his best-known photographs. Outré celebrities like Annie Sprinkle and William S. Burroughs are featured, along with more traditional mondo subjects such as drag queens, sadomasochists, scooter-trash, and body modification devotees. Tattoo artist Spider Webb is shown with a tattooed human fetus, and photos of the Sundance Ritual -- subject of Gatewood's previous Bizarre Rituals: Dances Sacred and Profane -- also appear. Not for the weak of stomach, this tape is just the ticket for fringe-culture enthusiasts.

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photographer, underground [counterculture], bizarre, ritual, body-piercing, drag [cross-dressing], fetish [sexual], sadomasochism, tattoo