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Sasha Grey, L.A. Porn Star, Does Artsy Photography Book; James Franco is Jealous (Pictures)

Sasha Grey does hot, banging art.
Sasha Grey does hot, banging art.
Vice Books

Update: The folks at Vice Books tell us they weren't going to officially announce the release until tomorrow (although the book's already listed at Amazon), so here's a minor look into the future.

What is it about L.A. porn star Sasha Grey? The innocent face and va-va-voom body we get. But why is the world so fascinated with her? Why does she get work in mainstream Hollywood (The Girlfriend Experience, Entourage)?

Grey is turning into the James Franco of porn. She's impossibly omnipresent.

And now, an artsy photo book? Really?

Wow. What next, a poetry class at Columbia?

You know you're an awesome porn star when people tell you to put your clothes on and pose for a still camera. And so ...

An intimate portrait of Sasha Grey.
An intimate portrait of Sasha Grey.
Vice Books

... the cult of Sasha continues with neu sex, due via Vice Books next month. (And, we'll say here, she owes a little debt to Los Angeles Magazine for an amazing profile by Dave Gardetta that seemed to set her career trajectory away from gang bangs and toward high-concept imagery. Wait, no, she still does gang bangs. Profoundly artistic gang bangs).

Sasha Grey's makeup is messed up, so you know this is real.
Sasha Grey's makeup is messed up, so you know this is real.
Vice Books

The shots include self portraits and photos of her by her fiance, according to Pedestrian TV. Pics are touted as being from behind-the-scenes and on-set moments from some of her porn shoots. The site quotes her:

Sasha Grey's Brazilian.
Sasha Grey's Brazilian.
"When I first got into the adult industry, I decided to take my photography much more seriously. I started taking a camera with me to capture my experiences on set, so it was a moment in time, a memory for myself -- not the video that would be seen by thousands of people."
Sasha Grey sees you, you pervert.
Sasha Grey sees you, you pervert.

We like the suggestion that, because some of this is self-shot, it's not only art, but empowering. Now we get it. Not really.

First posted at 12:28 p.m.


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