The adult film industry has constantly changed – as film-making techniques, aesthetics, and fashions have evolved, and were subsequently adopted and reflected in explicit sex films.
One of the more interesting changes was the way that adult film performers presented themselves in public.
In the early 1980s, the stars were more unfamiliar with the spotlight and fame bestowed upon them. As a result, they sometimes came across as self-conscious, even awkward, at industry events. At times, their comfort with performing sex acts in front of the camera gave way to tentative insecurity off set, when they were confronted with press photographers.
By the 1990s, just a decade later, the stars had changed – and by now were more assured and confident with the public role they played. They understood the rules of the game, and were more willing to play along.
One man who saw this change first hand was photographer Ed Geller. Ed was a Los Angeles news photographer who specialized in celebrity paparazzo shots. But when he wasn’t taking pictures of Joan Collins attending an awards ceremony or Brooke Shields leaving a swanky restaurant, he liked to attend adult film industry events. He started in the late 1970s, and was still taking pictures in the 2000s.
We recently acquired a large selection of Ed Geller’s pictures, and enjoyed noticing the contrast in the adult film business between the early 1980s and the mid 1990s.
We juxtaposed pictures from these two contrasting eras next to each other – sometimes humorously, sometimes provocatively – so that we could compare and contrast the different time periods.
One industry. One photographer. Two eras: Side by side.
|Samantha Fox, in 1978||Taylor Hayes, in 1996|
|Georgina Spelvin, in July 1979||Shay Fox|
|Gail Palmer, in 1979||Sunset Thomas, in 1995|
|Vanessa del Rio, in April 1979||Tabitha Stevens, in 1996|
|Candida Royalle, in July 1979||Mila, in 1997|
|Johnnie Keyes, in July 1979||Leslie Glass, in 1997|
|Samantha Fox, in September 1979||Jacklyn Lick, in 1997|
|Vanessa del Rio, in November 1979||Heather Hunter, in 1995|
|Candida Royalle, in November 1979||Christi Lake, in 1997|
|Candida Royalle, in November 1979||Shane, in 1996|
|Denise and Diana Sloan, in December 1979||Marilyn Star, Shayla LaVeaux, in 1998|
|Vanessa del Rio, in December 1979||Jasmin St. Claire, in 1997|
|Samantha Fox, in December 1979||Felecia, in 1998|
|Bambi Woods, in March 1980||Stacy Valentine, in 1997|
|Jill Munroe (right), in May 1981||Serenity, Felecia, in 1997|
|Vanessa del Rio, in May 1981||Stephanie Swift, in 1996|
|Annette Haven, in May 1981||Sunset Thomas, in 1996|
|Vanessa del Rio, in May 1981||Heather Hunter, in 1998|
|David Davidson, Jill Munroe, in October 1981||Jeanna Fine, A.N Other, in 1997|
|Annette Heinz, Lisa Cintrice, in October 1983||Ginger Lynn, Kylie Ireland, in 1999|
|Candida Royalle, in October 1981||Nikki Andersson, in 1998|
|Veronica Hart, in November 1981||Raquel Darrian, in 1997|
|Sharon Mitchell, in May 1982||Heather Hunter, in 1998|
|Marc Stevens and friend, in October 1982||Pauly Shore and Savannah, in July 1991|
|Anna Ventura, in October 1982||Jasmin St. Claire, in 1997|
|Veronica Hart, in October 1982||Sunset Thomas, in 1997|
|Velvet Summers, in October 1982||Shayla LaVeaux, in 1998|
|Velvet Summers, in October 1982||Taylor Wayne, in 1995|
|C.J. Laing, in October 1982||Felecia, in 1998|
|Veronica Vera, in October 1982||Houston, in 1996|
|Veronica Vera, in October 1982||Shane, in 1998|
|Sharon Mitchell, in October 1982||Serenity, in 1997|
|Sharon Mitchell, in October 1982||Tiffany Mynx, in 1993|
|Candida Royalle, in October 1982||Sunset Thomas, in 1997|
|Candida Royalle, in October 1982||Jasmin St. Claire, in 1997|
|Candida Royalle, in October 1982||Rebecca Lord, in 1997|
|Sharon Mitchell, in October 1982||Tiffany Mynx, in 1994|
|Candida Royalle, in October 1982||Adult Convention, Las Vegas, in 2001|
|Candida Royalle in July 1979||Janine Lindemulder, in 1996|
|Annette Heinz, Lisa Cintrice, in October 1983||Shane, Yvonne, in 1995|
|Sharon Mitchell in October 1982||1998|
|Vanessa del Rio, in May 1983||Heather Hunter, in 1998|
|Constance Money, in September 1983||Taylor Hayes, in 1996|
|Hyapatia Lee, in October 1983||Raquel Darrian, in 1997|
|Hyapatia Lee, in October 1983||Adult Film Convention, 1996|
|Hyapatia and Bud Lee, in October 1983||Drew Carey, Penn Jillette, and adult film actresses|
|Gloria Leonard, in April 1984||Tiffany Mynx, in 1994|
|Samantha Fox, in April 1984||Jenteal, in 1995|
|Samantha Fox, Fred Lincoln, Tiffany Clark, David Davidson, in October 1984||Pauly Shore and Savannah, in September 1991|