San Francisco Open Studios
Six on Sex

David Steinberg

David Steinberg

About four years ago. I decided to try my hand at capturing something real and meaningful about sex on film. I was fascinated by the dynamics inherent to sexual photography. How does a third party encourage a couple to feel unselfconscious enough to share with the camera and the outside world the subtleties of their most intimate and private connection?

I work primarily with people in loving, long-term relationships, in the familiarity of their own homes. Each shoot is completely experimental. No one knows what will happen. I try to follow the sexual energy of a shoot, rather than to lead or direct it. I notice and record the aspects of sex that interest me most -- intimacy, play, passion, small gestures, the quality of a touch, moments of obvious surrender and trust. I focus more on faces and hands than on genitals -- though genitals do have a special interest and appeal all their own.

I have photographed people ranging in age from 25 to 65, heavy people as well as thin, disabled as well as abled. I am interested in all genders, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. I am always interested in speaking with new people who want to be photographed as part of this project.

David Steinberg 
P.O. Box 2992 
Santa Cruz, CA 95063

David will have copies of his books Erotic by Nature, The Erotic Impulse and Photo Sex available for sale.