Boystown, The Perfume of Desire (signed by the photographer)
In Nuevo Laredo, just south of the U.S.-Mexico border, complexes of sex clubs called Boystowns cater to American men, and a few Mexicans, who wish to watch women take off their clothes and perhaps to pay for sex with one of them. Photographer Jeffrey Silverthorne (born 1946), who has in the past made photographs of landscapes, still lifes, portraits of transvestites and of dead bodies in a morgue, photographed the women who sell their bodies nightly in the Mexican establishments for wages that far exceed what they could earn in the local maquiladoras. Lurid and unsettling, Boystown: The Perfume of Desire presents 56 color and 34 black-and-white images. “On a simplistic and juvenile level,” Silverthorne writes, “a Boystown is a celebration of life, a candy store of flesh, with any psychological or medical consequences deferred. On an adult level, Boystown is a direct observation of a spiritual poverty and economic failure that both countries and cultures share.”
About 90 full page high quality plates, mainly in color, gloss coated dust jacket over boards, book measures about 10×8.5″, produced in Denmark in a small edition of 800 copies, with essays by Anne Biroleau-Lemagny and Jon Hendricks. This copy is signed by the photographer. Exhibition catalog published 2009 by Galerie Wolfsen, new as issued, signed by Silverthorne.