Skin Two #37 post-release review
Steve Diet Goedde "The Beauty of Fetish" (Edition Stemmle)
Essay by Vicki Goldberg • Text by FetishDiva Midori
Released 1998 | OUT OF PRINT
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New York Newsday
magazines are a deliberate reference point for Steve Diet Goedde
in his gorgeous "The Beauty of Fetish," a collection
of shots of women in bondage and fetish gear that aims for the
glamor of fashion photography. Goedde follows a different path
from Tony Ward. Dressed in rubber and latex to turn themselves
into fantasy objects, Goedde's models all come across as individuals.
A big-eyed, full-cheeked young woman named Anna, dressed in
a leather corset, peers out from beneath her Betty Page mane,
as much girlish as she is forbidding. Goedde's most frequent
model, the dominatrix and performer FetishDiva Midori, has a
regal grace as she stands on a San Francisco street in a floor-length
rubber evening gown, and real casual style in a lovely shot
where her knee-high, high-heeled, lace-up boots make a striking
contrast with her comfy velour bathrobe. You can argue that
Goedde isn't presenting the reality of S&M or B&D, but
that isn't his point. He means to get at the surface allure
of fetish wear. That he also captures the personas of those
who wear it adds to the genuine erotic charm of his work.
Taylor, New York Newsday (Dec. 6, 1998) Holiday Photo Round-up
revels in the power of the fetish itself, which exists as
a prelude to activity. He offers the mere suggestion of what
the clothes really represent, with an occasional dollop of
unexpected humor (one shot shows the magnificent intelligence-officer-turned-fetishdive
Midori in profile sticking her fantastic tongue out at downtown
San Francisco). And abstract though his images may be, Goedde
doesn't render his 20 or so models anonymous; he makes them
a summation of his career to date, "The Beauty of Fetish"
is a fine celebration of Goedde's style; more important, it's
a breakthrough book that lends credence and (that dread word)
respectability to the excesses and the passions, as
well as the uniqueness and commonalities, in the world of
Holm, Leg World - March 1999
Diet Goedde "The Beauty of Fetish: Volume II" (Edition Stemmle)
by I.S. Levine • Text by Steve Diet Goedde
2001 | OUT OF PRINT
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hard to depict eroticism on film, particularly moments and
feelings that have any amount of kink. That's why fetishists
should rejoice that Steve Diet Goedde has delivered The
Beauty of Fetish: Voume II (Edition Stemmle), a sequel
to his impressive first foray into the ineffable. Here he
documents the textures of latex, PVC, leather and other forms
of restriction. Goedde avoids the dungeon and seeks out natural
settings. Thanks to this effect, the curious underpants and
trimmings are no longer silly - they're persuasive and hot.
Steve Diet Goedde's second book has already
been previewed in SKIN TWO #36 with a portfolio that we thought
gave a pretty good idea of what to expect.
However, like our readers, we hadn't seen the finished product
at that stage, and I must report that having it at last in my
hands is an even more edifying experience than I had anticipated.
many of you will know from our previous coverage, The Beauty
of Fetish: Volume II marks his transition stylistically
from 'Chicago monochrome' to 'California colour' - a result
of his move to Los Angeles a couple years ago. But the work
here is more than a simple conversion from greyscale to full
visual spectrum. There are some competent B&W photographers
whose work has not improved by their deciding to put colour
film in the camera, and it's important to state categorically
that Goedde is not one of them.
California light that now shines on Goedde's subjects has illuminated
both his B&W and his colour work, allowing him to further
develop and refine a style that was already quite distinctive
in his early Chicago years. Flicking through the 120-odd big
images here, it is now possible to say, "That picture could
only have been taken by Steve Diet Goedde" with the same
certainty that one would have felt identifying a Helmut Newton
photograph 20 years ago. In other words, Goedde has emerged
as a true stylist, his technique now beginning to be copied
by a new generation of fetish hopefuls.
things that this book shows have certainly not changed are his
twin passions for female pulchritude and shiny rubber. While
L.A. may not yet be overflowing with the latter, it certainly
suffers no shortage of the former, as the range of gougeous
divas on display here bears witness. I wonder if Steve realised
just how many of the West Coast's kinky movers and shakers would
willingly pose for him in their fetish finery once he set up
shop in the city of dreams.
is fetish glamour at its most glamourous, but Goedde's pictures
are also packed with personality, and it's this that makes them
so much more than just pin-up fodder.
Skin Two #36 pre-release notice
For a photographer who has built
his reputation on creating distinctive black and white fetish
imagery, a move into colour is not to be taken lightly. The
arcane craft of the darkroom does not easily release its grip
on the practitioner. And when the subject is fetishism, whose
portrayal in the traditional medium is still so widely enjoyed,
a shift into colour might seem to be even more of a shot in
in the new work of Steve Diet Goedde, created since he left
(as he puts it) the monochromatic landscape of his native Chicago
for the saturated colour of California, it is clear that the
gamble has paid off. His ability to capture mood, personality,
attitude and (importantly) humour in the fetish moment has not
diminished. His knack for conjuring eroticism from a quirky
pose, an unusual angle or a bold crop is as sharp as ever. In
Goedde's work, colour has not obscured meaning - it has simply
His second book for Stemmle, The Beauty of Fetish Vol. 2, majors
on Goedde's new full colour oeuvre. This big coffee table book includes
no less than 140 colour and duotone plates, the latter demonstrating
not only that Steve hasn't abandoned black and white but also just
how well his old and new styles coexist.