PRINT October 1999


“When I was eighteen I was asked to take pictures of a woman named Laura and her lover. She had been having an affair for ten years with a very powerful man. They had learned that I was taking an introductory photography course and suggested they come by for a visit. They drove eight hours and got a suite at the nicest hotel in the area. In hindsight, the end of this story is obvious, but at the time I was keenly unaware. I arrived at the hotel in the morning with my 4 x 5 camera that I had just received a demonstration of in class. I was ready to make pictures. They took off all their clothes and I was soon made privy to their kinky love affair.”

Malerie Marder, as she tells it, arrived at her primal scene relatively late in life—and with camera in hand. It’s been ten years since the telling encounter, and if the sexually fraught images Marder continues to produce are any indication, she’s

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