We showed photos from New York in the '80s that made the city look like a third world country; here's a look at another hardcore facet of the city from that same time period. Photographer Barbara Nitke (last image), who shot stills on about 300 adult films in New York during the 1980s, has launched a campaign on Kickstarter to get her photo book, American Ecstasy, published.
Just as the '80s was the golden age of hip-hop, the decade is recognized as a golden age for the adult industry as well. According to Nitke, many are unaware that New York was a hotbed for hardcore back in the day. Because she likes to share, she also explained where the magic happened:
There was a studio in Corona, Queens, aptly called Adventure Studios, where a lot of the movies were made. It was there from the 1970s, and director Jerry Damiano shot there a lot, followed by another big name director of the period, Henri Pachard. We also shot a lot in a loft in the East twenties, and a midtown townhouse (reputedly owned by somebody who was in jail).
There you have it: a history lesson in porn, and it only took a New York minute.