This new book of erotic photography from American/Canadian photographer Will Santillo is one of the genre’s finest publications in many years… in fact, it’s one of the most perfect productions ever. It’s simply masterful! In both it’s production and content. Flagrante Delicto (Latin for ‘Caught in the Act’) is a Limited Edition and will consist of only 1000 copies. It is a superb publication in every way, bound in hardcover, with gargantuan dimensions of 12×12.75″. It’s 156 pages contain 125 exquisite, tri-toned photographs. It is the first book of a planned three-volume production, called the Risque Series.
The subjects in this work are all “enthusiastic volunteers” willing to share their intimate lives with Santillo. There are no actors or professional models. One of Santillo’s stated goals in creating this work was to “manifest authentic instances of connection.” These are real people involved in genuine relationships, and the sex is just as real. More than real, it is powerfully authentic. There are so many flavors and angles to this work that it would be overly simplistic to attempt a description. Suffice to say, Santillo thoroughly documents the sexual congress of couples, threesomes, and groups—even audiences’ witnessing the action. There are elements of voyeurism, fetishism, homosexuality, sadomasochism, and many others, but the overriding focus here is powerful, grinding, uninhibited sex.
Taken as a whole, this would be an extraordinary work even if the photographs were simple snapshots. But Santillo takes this project to another level through the sheer power of his own artistry. His panache for capturing sexual energy is breathtaking. It’s sexual mayhem in all it’s terrifying glory. Thrusting, grunting, screaming. Santillo’s style is absolutely commanding and all one can do is surrender to it.
Flagrante Delicto is the work of a modern master working at the height of his powers. It would stand as a fitting climax in the career of most art photographers. That two more works are due to come from this body of work is astounding. For more information about procuring this amazing book, please visit Santillo’s website: SantilloPhotography.com.