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Venice Beach: Portrait of the Day

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Travelogue: Hamburg 2017

 

Photos and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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I have been traveling to Hamburg, Germany for 20 years.  The city in many regards hasn’t changed all that much.  I have stayed in various parts of this very cosmopolitan city over the years, but I find myself on this trip returning to the district of St. Pauli where  all of my earliest travels to Hamburg  began so many years ago.  The Hotel Monopol is located on one of the most lively and exciting night life blocks, the Reeperbahn in St. Pauli’s red light district, where the sound of popular music emanates from a variety of night clubs, strip clubs and regular bars into the wee hours of every morning, especially in the summer months when tourism in Europe is at its peak.

It seems that every time I’m in St. Pauli during the summer months  the traveling DOM amusement park is setup on a huge empty lot next door to the St Pauli soccer stadium.  In the opposite direction I took a stroll to Cuneo my favorite Italian restaurant in all of Hamburg.  It is also the longest continuously operated restaurants in all of Germany, even surviving the bombardment of World War II.  Just a stones throw away from Cuneo is the famous Herberstrasse, where men can shop for a prostitute some of whom stand in front of the local Burger King carefully screening and soliciting men as they walk along the street directly in front of a police station, which apparently was quite busy as the sound of police sirens were heard as often as the music.  Prostitution is legal in Hamburg and on occasion harmoniously  juxtaposed against old  churches in the neighborhood.  There was a very large gay parade traversing through a less seedy part of town. Gun shops freely display a variety of hand guns for sale, symbols of the increasing liberal policies of today’s German government. 

My main reason for this trip was to check in on a large body of photographs that were in storage at a gallery located not far from the Monopol Hotel.  My agent, Ms. Suzaan Talib is presently arranging an exhibition of a group of these works stored in Hamburg. The prints are quite large, measuring 48 X 72 inches and were printed in Stuttgart, Germany in 2002.  No editions.  All one of kind.   See the video below for more details.

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Studio News : Women of Hamburg

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Diary: Two Girls From St. Petersburg in Paris

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Two Girls From St. Petersburg in Paris

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DIARY: TWO GIRLS FROM ST. PETERSBURG IN PARIS

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I was fortunate to meet Natasha on one of my numerous trips to Paris.  This Russian born model with exquisite taste selected a finely tailored (French) pink lingerie ensemble with a short red wig that fit her angular bone structure perfectly.  It was the late 1990’s, a time in which I was producing a series of pictures for my erotic books and Penthouse Magazine.  I met Natasha through a book shop owner that was located in the Marais district. She was already an experienced model by the time we met, having worked with several prominent French photographers I had come to know. Since she was highly recommended by my colleagues, I was confident our collaboration wouldn’t be in vein. Our first meeting was delightful (she spoke excellent English) as we laid the groundwork for what would become several years of collaboration whenever I arrived in town for a book signing, an exhibit or to make new erotic pictures.  She was a muse. On this particular visit, I checked in to the Hotel Regina, one of my favorite places to reside in the 1st Arrondissement. I was shooting for Penthouse. No expense would be sparred with regards to hotel accommodations.  The suites were expensive, but it was well worth the investment. Bob Guccione, owner, publisher of Penthouse, patron of the arts loved the look of rich, and expensive. He would pay handsomely for that look it if he liked your work and you knew how to deliver the goods.

The suite I reserved at the Hotel Regina featured a view of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre which was just across the street and the Tuileries garden.  It had a small balcony where you could step out and affirm that you were in the heart of Paris, as the motorist sped down the famous Rue de Rivoli into the wee hours of the morning.  It was a fitting setting for what would take place in the elegantly appointed 19th century decor environment throughout the day between Natasha and her friend from their hometown in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Angelina, arrived at the suite with long brown hair tied back in a ponytail. She was new to the city of lights and if memory serves me correctly, I was the first photographer to photograph her nude since she was new to photographers who worked within the erotic milieu.  Angelina was a little timid at first. She felt more confident and at ease with her sensuality when Natasha, an experienced nude model, expertly steered her to the extremes of homoerotic pleasure. 

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News: Last Night in Los Angeles

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Photography and Text by Tony Ward,  Copyright 2016

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Last night at the Melrose Umbrella Co. in Los Angeles I met  with two of L.A.’s finest photographers; Steve Diet Goedde (far left), Dave Naz and their  significant others for drinks to discuss and to see for the first time; Steve’s latest book, ARRANGEMENTS: Volume III (2007 to 2015). Edited by Eric Kroll.

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