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[NSFW] An Erotic Photography Book Explores the Sinister Side of Love

Amy Hood explores the darkness in intimacy in her new book, 'Visceral.'

Nathaniel Ainley

Nathaniel Ainley

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A new art book of literary and photographic works consider the more discordant and sinister sides of love and relationships. The Hitchcock-esque photography in Visceral, from model and creative director Amy Hood, captures intimate black-and-white portraits that blur the lines between passion and aggression. Visceral takes on a similar gritty aesthetic to Hood's previous works, like the 70s-themed erotic art book, CULT CLASSIC. Flipping through the pages feels like watching an old movie that's been broken up into stills; together, the images tell a story through striking stylistic motifs borrowed from the rise of Hollywood in the 1920s and 30s.

Hood writes, "Visceral examines the often unconventional reality of intimate psychology and human interrelations, our fascination with feeling in dark extremity and the evocation of our deepest emotions." The book features written pieces by writers like John Paul Pryor, Lydia Lunch, and Creators contributor Kate Messinger, with photographic stories by Bill Brown, David Bellemere, Enga Purevjav, Michael Donovan, Pola Esther, Sante D'Orazio and Kirsten Bode.
Check out more images from the book below:

Visceral is being released with Hood's publishing company, Viscous Ltd. Get your pre-order copy by heading over to their website. And be sure to follow Amy Hood on Instagram.

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