There is little that can not be turned into a fetish, which explains the diversity of the world of fetishists. Maglau explored their meeting points on a number of continents, for his Fetish Ballad series. His severely composed, raw black and white pictures reveal the obsessions with latex and leather, tattoos and bonds, just to mention a few; at the same time, they never appear as a denunciation of practices that are often considered ‘deviant’. The photograph points to the old master of bondage photography, Rick Castro, who in a recent interview with Dazed magazine said, “Fetish is the exploration of sex as art (…). I feel that the 21st century is all about fetish.” In the spring of 2016 Verlag Kettler will publish Fetish Ballad as a book with the same title.
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