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  • ISBN: 382286398X
  • Category: Photo and Art
  • Author: Natacha Merritt
  • Subcategory: Photography & Video
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Taschen (March 15, 2000)
  • Pages: 160 pages
  • FB2 size: 1560 kb
  • EPUB size: 1886 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
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In 2000, Merritt, at age 22, published Digital Diaries by arthouse giant Taschen. The bestselling book redefined the boundaries of artistic photography.

In 2000, Merritt, at age 22, published Digital Diaries by arthouse giant Taschen. Controversial and highly provocative, it was the first ever digital photography book to present digital selfies, nearly a decade before social networks. The images were featured in publications worldwide: Rolling Stone, The Observer, Playboy, The Wall Street Journal, and Der Spiegel as well as countless academic papers and art history books. Purchase Digital Diaries.

Natacha Merritt Digital Diaries Hardcover – March 15, 2000. Though it'd be easy to lump Natacha Merritt with the rest of the webcam/internet exhibitionists, it took only one examination of this book to make me see otherwise in Merritt's digital photography. by Natacha Merritt (Author). With a maverick's audacity and technical disregard (one interviewer made the humorous remark that Merritt "can't tell an f-stop from a bus stop"), Merritt has somehow managed to discover a visual style all her own that fuses strange angles, simple lighting, unusual placement of her subjects, and introspection into one.

Natacha Merritt (born 1977) is an American photographer, artist and biologist. Her 2000 book Digital Diaries was published by Taschen and was the first digital photography book ever published. She has been profiled in Rolling Stone

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Natacha Merritt is a photographer, artist, biologist, technologist, and entrepreneur . A decade before social media was a thing, she was called a cheap self-promoter, a ground-breaker, as well as the contemporary counterpart of Anaïs Nin. Merritt earned her marks with her debut work, Digital Diaries (2000), which was published by Taschen. About her work, Rolling Stone wrote "Her eerily intimate depictions of fucking and sucking transcend smut.

Natacha Merritt studies Photography & Portraiture, Literature and photography, and Politique. Natacha Merritt (born 1977) is an American photographer, artist and biologist

Natacha Merritt studies Photography & Portraiture, Literature and photography, and Politique. Natacha Merritt (born 1977) is an American photographer, artist and biologist. Her 2000 book Digital Diaries was published by Taschen and was the first. She was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone. Merritt has been called a a ground-breaker, and the contemporary counterpart of Anaïs Nin.

Natacha Merritt might be surprised at being designated a millennial woman, but she definitely i. The bulk of Digital Diaries depicts Natacha performing sex acts on herself

Natacha Merritt might be surprised at being designated a millennial woman, but she definitely is. She came of age with the Internet’s bare-all, confessional culture. She boldly went where few women had ever gone-on a journey of self-exploration for the new millennium-and gave us no holds barred images depicting her life through sensual encounters. The bulk of Digital Diaries depicts Natacha performing sex acts on herself. She looked into the monitor of her camera and when she saw what she wanted, she shot it. While some may see the images as pornographic, Merritt says she was not out to shock or titillate.

Natacha Merritt (born 1977, San Francisco) is an artist, writer and biologist. Her first book, Digital-Diaries (2000, Taschen), an erotic exploration at the dawn of the digital era, quickly became a critically acclaimed international best-seller, shifting over 300,000 copies and being featured in publications as diverse as The Observer, Playboy, The Wall Street Journal and Rolling Stone.

Natacha Merritt (b. 1977, San Francisco) is an artist, writer and biologist Her first book, Digital-Diaries (2000, Taschen), an erotic exploration at the dawn of the digital era, quickly. 1977, San Francisco) is an artist, writer and biologist. Her first book, Digital-Diaries (2000, Taschen), an erotic exploration at the dawn of the digital era, quickly became a critically acclaimed international best-seller, selling hundreds of thousands of copies and was featured in publications as diverse as The Observer, Playboy, The Wall Street Journal and Rolling Stone.

Anyone who has seen her Digital Diaries has intimate knowledge of Natacha Merritt. And of her Friends, male and female, and her acquaintances as well. But Merritt's favourite motif is herself: she poses almost every minute of the day for her camera, taking photographs of herself in bed, in the shower, having sex with her friend, masturbating with and without accessories, from every imaginable angle and with the camera usually at arm's length. Merritt, born 1977, works with a digital camera, the Polaroid of the 90s, breaking down the most intimate details into universally accessible bits of information. Eric Kroll came across Natacha Merritt by chance in the internet, where she had put several of her photographs. This was something that left the tradition of classical pin-up and fetish photography, in which Kroll himself works, far behind. Face to face with Merritt's photographs one can reflect on intimacy and publicity in the digital age, on narcissism even, or on radical self-exploration with the help of the camera. But this all sounds better as Natacha Merritt herself puts it: in her view, she has found a new mode of masturbating her way into the next millennium.
Reviews about Natacha Merritt Digital Diaries (7):
Anayanis
I was curious to read this book, mainly because I thought it was some sort of photographic diary in the early days of the internet. Instead, its a photographic collection of a woman's sexual adventures using various digital cameras. I guess I was expecting to see more than just the sex encounters and a little more on the regular life of the artist. Although the books explains on the artistic ideas behind all this photography, to me it borders on exhibitionism more than artistic expression. As for the photographs, there are some very striking images with interesting angles, but the majority are average at best and would not stand alone without the rest of the images.
Anazan
Certainly not for everyone. This book WILL offend...and that's got to be part of what Natacha Merritt was going for. A better question is not "why was she compelled to document her sex life in a book?" but rather "why are people upset about it?" That's the question no one wants to really answer, the deeper, more challenging debate that's sure to crop up whenever a work like this is published. Any art that forces the audience to think about themselves has some kind of merit, and the raw handheld photographic style lends an intimacy--certainly no studio sheen here--that is altogether appropriate for the material. If you are to look at this book, be warned that not only will you be looking at Merritt; you'll be looking at yourself--your own attitudes towards sex. May you be fortunate enough to like, or at least accept, whatever it is that you see. If you hate books like this, I submit that you may be afraid of the possibilities in the mirror they present.
Rocky Basilisk
Though it'd be easy to lump Natacha Merritt with the rest of the webcam/internet exhibitionists, it took only one examination of this book to make me see otherwise in Merritt's digital photography.
With a maverick's audacity and technical disregard (one interviewer made the humorous remark that Merritt "can't tell an f-stop from a bus stop"), Merritt has somehow managed to discover a visual style all her own that fuses strange angles, simple lighting, unusual placement of her subjects, and introspection into one. The more explicit photos oftimes threaten to de-humanize Merritt herself and her subjects, but those are counterbalanced by some very tasteful, evocative shots that convey the subjects' internal drama.
Merritt makes a better subject than any other person in this book for her own camera. It doesn't hurt that she's gorgeous, but she has two things to her advantage: Expressive eyes, and the unique dynamic of photographer-as-subject. Is she simultaneously empowered and scrutinized by the camera? How often does she know what exactly the image looks like? And which photos are staged? Which ones are taken as a fly-on-the-wall snapshot? Merritt is always interesting as her own subject, and it is telling that the best set of pictures in this book, the "self search" series, focus much less on sexual acts than on self-discovery, examination, and Merritt's relationship to the camera and to her own body. Most of these are close-ups from wildly imaginative angles, shadowy, and intriguing -- the crowning picture is Merritt looking at her own hand in a mirror, contemplating. These pictures tell many stories about the young woman both in front of and behind the camera, and they're beautiful and revealing in a way far beyond the sexually explicit pictures. Most of those do manage to achieve a degree of honesty and spontaneity as well, making them erotically charged.
Accusations of narcissism can't be avoided and Merritt can probably be said to be guilty of it sometimes. But what she produces from her unique work methods is so intriguing, and her revelation of herself as photographer (a rarity in photography) so far-reaching, that this book remains a great fascination. It'd be a shame if it were to be lumped with the usual erotic photography and exhibitionistic endeavours. Digital Diaries has much more to offer.
Oso
This is a book created entirely of pictures of the author having sex with various men and women or posing nude for her camera. Many of the images remind me of pictures I have painted and photos I have taken. She says in her book that she lets her photographic projects dictate her sex life. According to my calculation of dates in the book she started this at 15 in San Francisco and is now about 22 and lives in New York. One of the oddest things she has done is find a model in NYC who looks so much like her that she says she can't tell the images of the two of them apart except when they are both in the shot. This made me realize how much this book is about the process of taking the images and the direct feedback of the digital process. If artistic exhibitionism is of interest to you, either as a viewer or as an image maker, this book is great. The "look inside this book" images give a good idea of the book's style.
Cae
Natacha Merritt has gained a fair amount of notice for this collection of photos. The attention is well deserved, as she is clearly one of the first truly "native" digital photographers to emerge. Her images care nothing, really, for the traditional light/focus/depth of field of film photography, but just exist to capture a moment in time and the quick feelings of the subject. That her photos are explicit sexual images is almost secondary to her emergence as a unique artist. However, the raw power of many of the potraits also provides a thrill to the viewer. The images are very strong, and this is a book for only those that appreciate the craft of digital photography tightly coupled with raw and unposed images of sexuality.
Alister
Lots of supposedly spontaneous pictures of a naked woman and her sidekicks. Not really a digital diary, but a collection of self consciously off the wall comments and photos. Pretty much like you would see in any 'hip' contemporary magazine. And about as artificial. Totally lacking context. There is no substantive autobiographical sketch, no pictures of Natachas's neighborhood. Could have had something here. I wouldn't mind reading the authors memoir if she could be bothered to write something meaningful. On the plus side, she is pretty cute and you do get to see her naked.

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