A Study In Fetishisms Manifesto Vol. I

In her erotically-charged curatorial debut, New York-based model Amy Nicole Hood patners up with her lover, acclaimed photographer & director Jonathan Leder, to publish a 48-page nudie mag celebrating the blurred lines between porn, fashion and art. A Study In Fetishisms Manifesto Vol. I features black and white photographs and polaroids of Emily Ratajkowski, Britany Nola, Amy Hood, Marlo Lavonne and more.

Today the dynamic duo released “Voyeurism,” the conclusion of the Fetishisms video trilogy directed by Leder, and we had a chance to chat with Amy to learn more about her intriguing vision. The first issue is out now with a limited edition print run of 1000 quantity, so you might as well order two copies before they’re all gone!

Q&A

LF: What’s your background, and how did Fetichisms Manifesto begin?

AH: Personally, I have always been really interested in the arts, in performance, photography and cinematography, and design. While I lived in the city I used to do some street art as well, that’s fun. Jonathan went to college for fine arts in Europe, so he is really well versed in both classical art and modern art. We have a wonderful library of books and magazines we have collected too.

This past fall, we came across this fantastic box of vintage adult publications, some even dating back to the late 1940s. In it were some really inspiring formats and publications we had never seen before. That moment was really the spark.

We wanted to find a way to showcase all of the images that had been shot over the past couple years, especially as some of the young women are now becoming quite well known. Rather than doing a gallery show, this seemed like the most viable solution. We had been selling some original art works recently, prints and polaroids, but being that the prices are too high for most people, this also offered an affordable way for the average person to own the work.

I hope in the long run it will become some type of collectible piece, similar in spirit to the vintage magazines.

LF: How did you get such big names involved i.e. Emily Ratajkowski? 

AH: Jonathan shot with her a little over a year ago, so it was before she began to achieve the level of fame she now experiences. It’s the same or similar with many of the girls that he has shot, he just caught them at or directly prior to a turning point in their career and in many cases his pictures helped their careers significantly.

Fetishisms Trilogy, Part I from Fetishisms Manifesto on Vimeo.

LF: How did you get together with your partner?

AH: Well he’s a photographer and I’m a model… We’ve been a collaborative power couple ever since. I guess being in an intimate and collaborative relationship really makes for the most passionate, dynamic work.

LF: What drew you to him at first? 

It was the sunglasses…

LF: Have you played the game Fashion or Porn?  How do you feel about the blurred lines between editorial photography and pornographic photography, and how the mainstream perceives what you do? 

AH: Yes I’ve played that game, it’s quite difficult! Perhaps some of that line in between editorial and pornographic photography consists of it’s intention, whether that be to sell clothes, to be “art”, to be masturbated to, or whatever it’s intended purpose may be.

LF: Who’s the voice behind Fetichisms Manifesto?

AH: The texts are a combination of original writings, found articles, and philosophical musings. We decided the general topics we wanted to touch on and then found or commissioned the text.

Fetishisms Trilogy, Part II from Fetishisms Manifesto on Vimeo.

LF: Is there a line you wouldn’t cross / something that you would never talk about? 

AH: Hahaha, I guess we’ll have to find out, I prefer to be limitless.

LF: Tell us about Leder’s feature length directorial debut, American Ecstasy, in which you’re starring.

AH: American Ecstasy is a film that really pushes a lot of boundaries in film-making.  It’s at once poetic, lyrical, but also very sexy and dark. While it falls somewhere near the horror genre, it really is a psychological thriller, on which challenges the traditional narrative structure. I think of it as being more of an experience, than a film in the traditional sense.

Like a waking dream, or nightmare. Especially with the unique editing techniques that the film uses and the ground breaking use of sound design, it should be very interesting. It pulls from a lot of different classic films, Repulsion, Straw Dogs, L’Avventura,  Fellini’s 8 1/2, Persona, The Shining to name a few….   

LF: Who are some of your favorite artists – your greatest influence?

AH: As far as design concepts are concerned, Josef Muller-Brockmann is a huge influence. Artistically, so is Keith Haring, Gustav Klimt, Richard Prince,  Diane Arbus, David Bailey, Larry Clark, Russ Meyer, Helmut Newton, Bunny Yeager, David Lynch, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Anais Nin, Vladimir Nabokov, I’m certain I’m leaving out a great many brilliant and influential people.

LF: Where do you see the mag in 5 years?

AH: That’s a great question, the possibilities are endless…

Voyeurism from Fetishisms Manifesto on Vimeo.

LF: Describe yourself in 5 words. 

AH: Candid, ambitious, quirky, practical, vivacious… and sexy.  Oh, is that six?

LF: What’s the sexiest thing anyone’s ever done to you?

AH: Mmmmm, taken me out to sushi! Such a turn on!

LF: What’s one thing in your lingerie closet you could never let go of?

AH: Sheer panties, they’re so sexy…

LF: When are you happiest?

AH: Sucking on a rock hard lollipop.

LF: How fast do you live? 

AH: Live fast, die young. Right?

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