Naked Ambition: An R-Rated Look at an X-Rated Industry by Michael Grecco

An R-Rated Look at an X-Rated Industry by Michael Grecco

It’s a fine-art book from renowned celebrity photographer Michael Grecco, offering an unabashed peek under the silken covers of the multi-billion dollar porn industry.

Published by San Francisco-based Rock Out Books, the beautiful hard cover, full color, 224-page book, strategically oversized at 13 3/4″ x 10″, will just barely be able to slide into retail store shelves upon its pre-Holidays publication November 15.

Naked Ambition takes readers to a surreal setting where thousands travel each January: the Adult Video News Awards in Las Vegas. Culling from well over 13,000 photographs taken during two recent AVN awards shows and conventions, Grecco gained access backstage and in every other area of the four-day Las Vegas pornography extravaganza.

The result is a unique collection that captures artistic, revealingly human portraits of porn stars and filmmakers, both legends and literal newcomers. Along with human subjects, the book features provocative props, hardware, footwear, sex toys and gadgets used exclusively in the adult industry.

Michael recently guested at one of our LightSource podcasts, in which he talked with Bill Crawford and Ed Hidden about his works with film director Michael Scorsese and Penelope Cruz, among other things.


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.