"Taschen is this art vampire. He’s going to bite me on the neck and my art is going to have immortality."
- Chas Ray Krider (from an interview with Eric Kroll)
A number of years ago I began to see distinctive layouts in Hustler’s Leg World that got me nervous. The photographs were that good. Whoever it was had style and made the women his women. Krider women. Women I began to desire on a monthly basis. In the world of professional golf there is an expression "the world’s greatest golfer not to win a major tournament." Chas Ray Krider was the world’s greatest erotic photographer not to have a book.
Thanks to TASCHEN we now have over 160 Krider images to pore over. To salivate over. Like a good film noir, he takes us to lustful places. Is it a crime scene or a sea of lust? These beautiful, languid women wait for whom? For me. For you. They play the "waiting game" beautifully. An ass in the air, a pair of crossed legs in nylons, all bathed in warm tones. A still life unstuck in time. So this is what goes on behind closed doors?
Oh, I almost forgot. Alongside these many Midwest femme fatales is Dita, raven-haired icon. Not since Betty Page has a woman fleshed out so correctly a vintage girdle and bra ensemble.
Enjoy. He takes you places where you only vaguely think you have been.
- Eric Kroll, editor and pupil
In 1994, TASCHEN published Eric Kroll’s Fetish Girls, followed in 1997 by Beauty Parade. For the same publisher Kroll has edited John Willie’s Bizarre, The Art of Eric Stanton, and Elmer Batters, and in 1999 he worked with Natacha Merritt on her book Digital Diaries.
Well, I have not seen "Motel Fetish" yet, but I am familiar with Chas Krider thanks to the sadly missing Erotica magazine. Since 2000 I have been waiting for a book of Chas's incredibly atmospheric, gorgeous work.
With a dark, cinematic feel and stunningly beautiful women, Chas creates a world that is both sinister and classy.
I have waited too long for this book and am relieved to see it finally getting the quality treatment that only Taschen can provide.