Imagine a sweet Hello Kitty room. Now imagine that room equipped for an S&M fantasy. After perusing Misty Keasler’s Love Hotels that isn’t such an odd request.
Misty Keasler spent a year traveling through Japan photographing its kinkiest secret, the Love Hotel. Her photographs of vacant fantasy rooms were turned into a beautiful book complete with passages from love hotel guests.
Join Women & Their Work in welcoming Keasler back to Austin for a book signing. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to get all the dirty… and beautiful details.
About Love Hotels:
Sex creates odd cultural conventions everywhere, but nowhere is there an institution quite like the Japanese love hotels. To be rented by the hour for amorous liaisons, the theme rooms revealed in the provocative collection of photographs are steeped in fantasy, their elaborate décor ranging from Hello Kitty bondage to simulated subway cars with many kinks in between. These brash rooms are fascinating in themselves, but also offer a window into a classified aspect of this society. The foreword by best-selling author Natsuo Kirino and passages from hotel guest books lend humor and context to these 80 haunting room portraits, creating an astonishing document of sex and desire.
About Misty Keasler:
Dallas-based Misty Keasler received her BA in 2001 with Honors from Columbia College, Chicago. Her work has been featured in a variety of magazines and journals including Newsweek, Harper’s and Art in America. She has received numerous awards, including Photo District News’ Top 30 Young Photographers in the World; The Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor prize awarded by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University; and the Dallas Museum of Art’s Claire Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund award.