Photographer and former HSI rep Leslie Lyons is out with the fourth in her series of Strip Flips! books, from powerHouse Books - yes, they're flip books of strippers in action, but, in the retro spirit of New Burlesque, they'd get no more than an R rating if they were movies. However, in keeping with the zeitgeist, for the first time a male is the featured subject. For the launch festivities for the series, at New York nightclub Spa, Lyons hired talent to do live Strip Flips, and this particular guy's act was such a hit, Powerhouse decided to simply publish what was shot of him standing atop a cube, doing his thing, replete with partygoers visible in the background.
Lyons, whose erotic photography has also been featured on Nerve.com and in the Chronicle book Nerve: The New Nude, says her Strip Flips! inspiration is a "passion for turn-of-the-century erotica that ranges from Viennese postcards to saloon Moviolas. I'm emphasizing playfulness rather than the obvious, which is in keeping with the past's more conservative notions of 'naughty.' " Nevertheless, Southern California residents may be titillated to learn that Lyons will be shooting live Strip Flips once again, at Book Expo America in L.A., May 28-June 1.