André Gelpke’s series Sex-Theater was produced in the 1970s and depicted performers from a number of different sex theatres in Hamburg’s St. Pauli district. “The fascination that captivated me as a photographer came from the personality of the individual, from the performer who was prepared to realize in public the secret sexual fantasies of an inhibited society, simply in exchange for a fee.” Sex-Theater was first published as a book in 1981 and quickly sold out. The edition produced by cpress together with Spector Books represents a new staging of the series: it includes an expanded selection of images and new texts, and is presented in a form that offers this collection of photos a contemporary framing. The era that is depicted here is over, and the decline of these clubs is documented in Sex-Theater.

André Gelpke: Sex-Theater
216 pp., with 170 black/white illustrations duotone, thread-sewn hardcover, German / English, 23×30cm
ISBN: 978-3-95905-035-7
40.00 € / 50 CHF
cpress, Zurich / Spector Books, Leipzig

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Special Edition

Special edition with one Inkjet print (20×28cm, signed and numbered 1–30/30+5AP), 140 CHF (excl. shipping)


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