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Natacha Merritt Digital Diaries
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Natacha Merritt Digital Diaries [Hardcover]

Natacha Merritt
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Book Description

March 15, 2000 Taschen's photobooks
Anyone who has seen her Digital Diaries has intimate knowledge of Natacha Merritt. And of her Friends, male and female, and her acquaintances as well. But Merritt's favourite motif is herself: she poses almost every minute of the day for her camera, taking photographs of herself in bed, in the shower, having sex with her friend, masturbating with and without accessories, from every imaginable angle and with the camera usually at arm's length. Merritt, born 1977, works with a digital camera, the Polaroid of the 90s, breaking down the most intimate details into universally accessible bits of information. Eric Kroll came across Natacha Merritt by chance in the internet, where she had put several of her photographs. This was something that left the tradition of classical pin-up and fetish photography, in which Kroll himself works, far behind. Face to face with Merritt's photographs one can reflect on intimacy and publicity in the digital age, on narcissism even, or on radical self-exploration with the help of the camera. But this all sounds better as Natacha Merritt herself puts it: in her view, she has found a new mode of masturbating her way into the next millennium.

Editorial Reviews


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

From the Author

"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."

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: #1,548,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Are You Through, Yet? April 25, 2000
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as cool as the shiny metal cover September 18, 2000
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
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
4.0 out of 5 stars A raw and honest look into a young woman's sexuality August 3, 2004
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book but....
Nice book, but there is a little anarchy inside with the picture. Otherwise, very good quality, it was send fast with a good protection in the package.
Published on April 22, 2013 by Combe Xavier
5.0 out of 5 stars Digital Diaries by Natacha Merrit
I am an artist. I was a photography major at first, and graduated with a change in major to printmaking. I have always enjoyed photography. Read more
Published on February 2, 2009 by C. Moss
4.0 out of 5 stars An Intoxicating Body of Work!
Natacha Merritt is a beautiful young artist who has totally, utterly given in to her art. Her medium is digital photography. Read more
Published on December 15, 2008 by Joaquin del Castello Gilbert
3.0 out of 5 stars The Neuromancer of Photography
Natacha Merritt's book suffers the misfortune of being profoundly passe just five years or six years after its publication. It's hard to even judge this in 2006. Read more
Published on June 8, 2006 by Henry W. Singer
2.0 out of 5 stars lame
SO, to share pictures in massive quantities is called art by the publishers. The book does not offer anything interesting other than exploit voyeurism, not even political feminist... Read more
Published on April 25, 2005 by M.H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Sexy
I found this book to be extremely sexy, sensual and refreshing. It will appeal to the natural voyeur in anyone and I hope it encourages more people to go get a digital camera and... Read more
Published on September 30, 2003 by i_tempted_eve
4.0 out of 5 stars Porn/art? What's the problem? It was all once PORN!!
Newton, Mapplethorpe, Outterbridge, Man Ray, Brassai, Brandt, Weston, Stieglitz.....
It was all porn, right? Read more
Published on December 28, 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars It is porn. And it is art.
As a photographic enthusiast, I'm not expert enough to expound on all the ramifications of Ms. Merritt's work. Read more
Published on December 24, 2002 by Take The Power Back
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, and some way artistic !!
Poor photographic tecnics, but some naiveness in the pics create a beautiful book!!. Natacha have a very expressive eyes and total acceptation of his body and her sexuality!. Read more
Published on December 16, 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars stellar stuff
with enough study and practice anyone can master an art, but there is learned talent and then there's natural talent. Read more
Published on November 13, 2002 by joshua lester
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