Wednesday, April 10, 2019

“I DID IT FOR THE LOVE OF PORN!” – PAUL JOHNSON, THE GREATEST UNKNOWN EROTIC PHOTOGRAPHER RELEASES HIS INCREDIBLE ARCHIVE OF WORK



April 10, 2019 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

“I DID IT FOR THE LOVE OF PORN!” – PAUL JOHNSON, THE GREATEST UNKNOWN EROTIC PHOTOGRAPHER RELEASES HIS INCREDIBLE ARCHIVE OF WORK


     
Erotica’s greatest unknown photographer, Paul Johnson, has finally opened his personal archives. Johnson’s first full-time professional photography work in adult publications was in the 1960’s as a staff photographer for Jaybird magazine, shooting fun loving nudists as the ideas of sexual freedoms began to take form. By the 1970’s, Johnson was looking to take his work to a new level by creating the first full color single-scenario explicit adult publications. Almost entirely self-sufficient, Johnson scouted locations, hired models, created scenarios and wrote the storyline text for a product that was initially deemed too expensive to publish. When a publisher eventually took the risk, it was quickly realized that Johnson’s format and photos were incredibly popular. Initially producing two magazines per month for a single publisher, Johnson and his product would be in such high demand that he became his own competition, producing up to six magazines for several publishers a month. This may make Johnson one of the largest selling erotic magazine photographer of the period. 


Connoisseur Series, Let’s Pretend, Bon Vivant, Ruby Collection and dozens of individually titled publications began to line adult book store shelves. Johnson shot some of the biggest and most popular women and men of the classic “golden age” of pornography. Seka, Annette Haven, Sue Nero, Lysa Thatcher, Juliet “Aunt Peg” Anderson (Johnson’s frequent assistant), Nina Hartley (her first erotic magazine photo shoot), Mai Lin, Sharon Cain, Serena, John Leslie, Richard Pacheco, Jon Martin, Jamie Gillis, Mike Horner and so many more. An impressive list by any means, yet it may have been the friends and amateurs that Johnson shot who helped to create his best works. Playing off his model’s real fantasies achieved a level of fun, erotic energy and authenticity that was rarely seen then or since.


Johnson’s career includes other “firsts” in the business as he shot the first explicit layout for the “educational” Sex & Marriage magazine (Vol. 1 and 2), which became the first hardcore publication sold on American adult book store shelves. Most importantly, Johnson created the “point of view” (or POV) shot stating, “I realized I was paying other men to enact my own fantasies,” as he began modeling in his own hardcore photo shoots with the support of his assistants. As the industry and tastes changed alongside the AIDS scare of the mid-1980’s, Johnson eventually left the business so as not to betray his own aesthetics. 


  Johnson’s blog/website (www.paulsfantasy.com) has expanded with digital copies of his classic publications (at a fraction of collector market prices) along with previously unseen outtakes with his memories on the various shoots. Original signed copies of these publications from his own collection will also become available soon. By opening his extensive archives making his incredible body of work available for purchase and (re)discovery, Johnson can now be viewed as one of the pioneers and masters of “golden age” erotic photography. 


An inductee into the “Legends of Erotica” Hall of Fame, Johnson is proud to proclaim himself as a “pornographer” and openly admits, “I did it for the love of porn!”

For further information, image licensing, interviews, articles, etc.:

Contact: Paul Johnson
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Saturday, November 3, 2018

A Message of thanks from Keli Richards




Two weeks ago, following our interview with 1980s adult film star Keli Richards, we launched a fundraiser for her. 

Thanks to your generous donations, we have since raised over $2,000 for Keli.
When we contacted her this week to give her the result of the fundraiser, she was overwhelmed by your kindness. She has asked us to share the following to thank all of you who donated:

I would like to extend all my gratitude to all those who donated money to help me begin rebuilding my life.  I am humbled and overwhelmed by the generosity. Not only did you help me, you also supported and loved me more than I could ever have imagined. 

I have just read all your comments and I can’t stop crying. I feel so thankful to those people who have generously helped me. I know I have made my mistakes: I take full responsibility for them, and hope that I can be an example to someone else who feels they will never be good enough. Acceptance is the answer to ALL of my problems today.

I appreciate your words as you have been encouraging and empowering. You spoke from the heart and with pure honesty. You helped me to accept myself and my circumstances just the way they are, and to start to work on some overdue changes that needed to be made. I recently was offered a full-time position back in the medical field. I get to put my scrubs back on.

I have also been very fortunate through word of mouth, thanks to all of you, to be getting work in the industry and I’m having fun. I can give a little enjoyment to some while using my caring for others. I came back because I’m not ashamed of who I am anymore and just maybe I can help some of the other ladies from making the mistakes I made. The past made me who I am today and I think I might have  found part of my purpose.

If God would grant one wish come true it would make me very glad to be able to express in words a special tribute to my dad. “While his life on earth has ended and he’s now with God above I will always remember him in the memory of his love.” 

Thank you
With all my love, hugs and kisses,
Keli Richards.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

KELI RICHARDS FUNDRAISER


VIA THE RIALTO REPORT:

A few days ago we published an interview with 1980s adult film star Keli Richards. In that interview, Keli shared stories from the sets of some of her most popular films like Caught from Behind, The Devil in Miss Jones 4 and For Your Thighs Only.

But Keli also opens up about her personal life, sharing intimate and sometimes heart-wrenching stories of family loss, domestic abuse and separation from her son. Keli has had more than her fair share of hardship in life, but she’s doing her best to get back on her feet and is looking to the future.

A few hours after we released the podcast, you contacted us expressing compassion for Keli’s struggle and asking us to initiate one of the occasional fundraisers we run to help golden age adult film veterans. In conjunction with The Golden Age Appreciation Fund, we’ve raised over $20,000 for people like Sharon Mitchell, Kay Parker, Tom Byron, George Payne and Jean Silver – all because of your generosity.

Keli recently lost the job she referred to in the interview, and is struggling to stay afloat as she looks for new options.

Over the years since we began The Rialto Report, we’ve had many people ask us if they can contribute to the Rialto Report since we don’t accept advertising of any kind – and these fundraisers are the answer.

Anything you are able to give will help and show Keli how appreciated she is. 100% of the money you donate is given to Keli.

The fundraiser will be open until Sunday October 28th. Please the donate link below to give what you can. All monies will be given to Keli and thank you as always for your generosity. We are always grateful for your willingness to help.

The fundraiser is closed. Final details will be posted shortly. Thank you.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

JEANNE SILVER FUNDRAISER: A THANK YOU!


Even though Jeanne Silver has struggled financially for quite a while, she resisted asking us for help. When we finally convinced her to accept assistance, boy… did you all show up. This morning when we closed the fundraiser, more than 150 of you had given generously.

In the last few weeks, we’ve collectively raised $6,800 for Jeanne, bringing the total raised by our fundraisers for golden age adult stars to over $25,000!

Jeanne sent us this message to thank all of you who have provided help:

“To be honest I’m totally gobsmacked at how much love and support I’ve received from so many people… no, not people… friends!

I’ve always found myself the caregiver so asking for help (and admitting I needed it) was a huge step for me.

I’m truly blessed and humbled to be lifted up. I can never thank you all enough for being present in my life.

Thank you all so very much!

With lots of love and tons of Hugs,
Jeanne Silver”



The Rialto Report / Tgaaf would like to add our thanks to Jeanne’s to all of you who so generously donated (including those that wish to remain anonymous).

Those who donated $40 or more will receive a signed photo from Jeanne.

Thank you.  You are fine, fine people.

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