Production

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
8

There is a market among consumers of sexually explicit materials for individual custom made photographs and photo sets.[2123] portion of the industry can best be described as a "cottage industry" since the product is often homemade or made by very small scale commercial producers.[2124]

Individuals who produce these photos sets can do so with minimal overhead. The necessary costs for producing photo sets include renting or buying a camera, purchasing film, photo processing, location and model fees and mailing. Models are often found by the photographer placing advertisements for "models" in newspapers.[2125] The photographer's home is often used as a studio.[2126]

These photo set photographers must find photo processors who will develop their sexually explicit film. Some photographers use general commercial photo processors including one hour photo services.[2127] Others use mail order services which advertise "confidential and uncensored" photo processing in sexually explicit publications.[2128] One such photo processing lab was Crystal/Spectra Photo in Syracuse, New York.[2129] Spectra Photo was the focus of a Federal Bureau of Investigation undercover operation in 1981 and 1982.[2130] The sexually explicit photographs knowingly processed by Spectra Photo included depictions of bestiality, excretion, homosexuality, examples of extreme mutilation, castration, torture and child pornography.[2131] These types of photos were processed on a regular basis.[2132]

Individual photographs or photo sets often depict sex related activities not generally represented in commercially produced pornography. These activities include piercing,[2133] scat,[2134] castration and extreme sadomasochism.

The photo set business enables a producer to offer "custom" service.[2135] Often the customer writes or telephones his or her requests and photographs are taken of the described activity.[2136] The photographs may be ordered through contacting the individual photographer directly or through a mail order service.

Sexually explicit photo sets are a lucrative endeavor for photographers and photo processors alike. Photo sets usually include six to ten photographs and sell for nine to twenty-five dollars to individual consumers.[2137]

Some film processors have made substantial revenues from processing and duplicating sexually explicit photo sets. Spectra Photo mentioned above, earned approximately six hundred thousand dollars from April 1, 1981, until March 31, 1982, through its mail order pornographic photo processing business.[2138] Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were able to identify that the volume of business attributable to one individual producer, Mr Byrum, accounted for thirty thousand dollars of the six hundred thousand dollar total.[2139]

Moreover, some of these photo set photographers sell their photos to sexually explicit commercial publications. These publications often offer the photographer hundreds of dollars for a few rolls of film.[2140]

Notes

Try me. Send a $5 bill for 3 gorgeous color photos or send a $20 bill for 10 mind-shocking photos and private phone. You won't be disappointed:" Trained Teen Slave and Over Daddy's Knee (1984), p. 174. See also, Dominatrix Domain, No. 17,

  1. See, Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. II, Charles Sullivan, p. 66; Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. II, Caryl Cid, p. 127; Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. II, Brian Cid, p. 134. See also, The discussion of advertisements in tabloids for these photo sets.
  2. Sexually explicit magazines include solicitations for photographs through amateur photograph contests. See, Dominatrix Domain, No. 17, p. 33.
  3. Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. II, Charles Sullivan, pp. 65, 76B.
  4. Id., p. 66.
  5. Id.
  6. Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. II, Caryl Cid, p. 127.
  7. Id.
  8. Id., pp. 127-29; United States v. Petrov, 747 F.2d (2nd Cr. 1984), p. 824.
  9. Id., p. 129. In a different case in Colorado a "search resulted in the seizure of approximately five thousand photographs, negatives and video cassettes depicting young men and women in their late teens and early twenties in various sadomasochistic and other types of pornographic poses. Various props for these photographs such as wooden stocks, wooden racks, a jail cell, ropes, boards with nails protruding from then and other torture devices were located." Los Angeles hearing, Vol. II, Charles Sullivan, p. 66. See also, The Imagery Found Among Magazines, Books, Films in "Adults Only" Pornographic Outlets, infra. for a description of depictions from the Spectra Photo case which appeared in the magazine Big Tit Dildo Bondage.
  10. Chicago Hearing, Vol. II, Frederick Scullin, p. 56E.
  11. "Piercing" is a slang term for a paraphilia in which sexual arousal requires piercing the skin, and often the genitals, with pins, needles, and other sharp instruments.
  12. "Scat" is a slang term describing sexual conduct in which feces are either used or ingested by one of the participants.
  13. "Love to model in person or by mail. Custom poses. Any position, any attire, any partners. Nothing too radical.
  14. A Federal Bureau of Investigation agent testified before the Commission,"... the actual order from the customer was located in his or her handwriting. Some of these orders were for custom shots with a customer actually describing the poses that the models should effect and naming particular models they wanted to see in these photographs:" Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. II, Charles Sullivan, pp. 68-69; See, Washington Hearing, Vol. II, Ken Lanning, pp. 30-31.
  15. Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. II, Charles Sullivan, p. 69.
  16. Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. II, Caryl Cid, p. 127; See also, Chicago Hearing, Vol. II, Frederick Scullin, p. 45.
  17. Special Agent Brian Cid stated, ". . . from 1978 until 1982 Byrum did thirty thousand dollars worth of business with Spectra, doing business as  Dorthy Byrym, operated a mail order company from his apartment in   Pottsville, Pennsylvania. He specialized in photographs depicting the bondage and torture of women. lie sold the photographs in color set packages often for eight dollars and black and white set packages for six dollars. His mailing list consisted of over three hundred customers nationwide." Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. II, Brian Cid, p. 134.
  18. Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. II, Charles Sullivan, p. 72.