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Natacha Merritt Digital Diaries Hardcover – March 15, 2000

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"Fresh sin: Her photos reek of sex." -- Eric Kroll

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"My photo needs and my sexual needs are one and the same." Natacha Merritt in the nude: Cybersex and the "Generation @"

"My work always goes to bed with me."


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Product Details

  • Series: Taschen's photobooks
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (March 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 382286398X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822863985
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Tom Rand on April 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Natacha Merritt's "Digital Diaries" is a one-dimensional tour de force, made possible by the following truism: Sex Sells. Where there is attention to detail and photographic aesthetics in the sexually driven works of other more competent photographers, such as Robert Mapplethorpe and Nan Goldin, Merritt's attention is only focused on naked people copulating and/or masturbating. "Digital Diaries" was published with the sole intent of selling sex, not photography. This is obvious. This is also (and only) why curious viewers will buy the book. The author and her acquaintances are interesting only because their clothes are off. Unlike Nan Goldin's book, "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency", we don't care or think about the people portrayed in "Digital Diaries"; we simply look at them. Therein lies Merritt's lack of depth as a photographer and visual storyteller. Not only obsessed with the need to get her point across visually, "Digital Diaries" also includes musings by the author about...what else, sex. By the end of "Digital Diaries" one can only hope twenty-two year old Merritt outgrows this teenage fascination with sex and self-absorption and finds another hobby.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan J. Casey on September 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It's unfair and ridiculous to brand this book as a youth culture failure. I can think of quite a few older phtographers who get a lot more silly and self-indulgent than Merritt. On the other hand, it's not a success. Introduced to this book in the pages of "Erotica" magazine (which featured the Eric Kroll interview reprinted in this collection), I was very attracted to the intimacy of the photography and what seemed like a candid atmosphere. It isn't quite that. In fact, while it purports to be a journalistic account of her sex life, much of the photography is centered on her face. And while I admit she has a fine face, and it's everyone's right to take a lot of pictures of themselves, this gets old after a few dozen shots. When her male lovers do appear it is usually in the form of a strangely disembodied sex organ, often wrapped in rope. Unlike a lot of other erotic photography, this is neither a catalogue of fetishes nor a celebration of the human body. There's certainly some beauty within these pages, and some very erotic photographs, but there's a lot of "filler" as far as I'm concerned: not terribly arousing but not all that artistic, either. I certainly don't discount her work, I think the digital photography medium can exist without fighting for legitmacy, but she's got some work to do. The text in particular doesn't seem all that honest or revealing, and I figure if you're going to take it this far you might as well go all the way. There's an ugly growing trend of false self-disclosure in our society right now ("reality" TV, JennyCam, etc.) and while I wouldn't fault Merritt she is veering dangerously in that direction. The book doesn't live up to its name, but it has some bright points. I could've lived with the highlights in my magazine, though I'm looking forward to seeing some future work by Merritt.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D. Mok on May 26, 2000
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Though it'd be easy to lump Natacha Merritt with the rest of the webcam/internet exhibitionists, it took only one examination of this book to make me see otherwise in Merritt's digital photography.
With a maverick's audacity and technical disregard (one interviewer made the humorous remark that Merritt "can't tell an f-stop from a bus stop"), Merritt has somehow managed to discover a visual style all her own that fuses strange angles, simple lighting, unusual placement of her subjects, and introspection into one. The more explicit photos oftimes threaten to de-humanize Merritt herself and her subjects, but those are counterbalanced by some very tasteful, evocative shots that convey the subjects' internal drama.
Merritt makes a better subject than any other person in this book for her own camera. It doesn't hurt that she's gorgeous, but she has two things to her advantage: Expressive eyes, and the unique dynamic of photographer-as-subject. Is she simultaneously empowered and scrutinized by the camera? How often does she know what exactly the image looks like? And which photos are staged? Which ones are taken as a fly-on-the-wall snapshot? Merritt is always interesting as her own subject, and it is telling that the best set of pictures in this book, the "self search" series, focus much less on sexual acts than on self-discovery, examination, and Merritt's relationship to the camera and to her own body. Most of these are close-ups from wildly imaginative angles, shadowy, and intriguing -- the crowning picture is Merritt looking at her own hand in a mirror, contemplating.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Sandoc on August 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Natacha Merritt's Digital Diaries is less an art book of nude photos than a raw and honest look --- some would say peek --- into a young woman's sexuality. It is not just a look, but a visual documentation of sexual experimentation including both a casual sexual situations and more fetishist imagery.

Digital Diaries is also very sexy just like its author-photographer. Natacha doesn't convey a shy personality, but actually comes off as a very liberated and aggressive young woman. Her book is not for everyone and certainly not for someone who doesn't have an open mind. Those who are willing to explore the many faces of sexuality, they can't go wrong by acquiring Ms. Merritt's Digital Diaries.
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