Through astonishing images and the surprisingly touching words of its subjects, Sex Machines: Photographs and Interviews explores the new sex machine underground in America and the homespun inventors and users who propel it.
After contacting an active but intensely private Internet community of sex machine inventors, photographer Timothy Archibald eventually won their trust and was invited into workshops and homes. The resulting book is a powerful document that is by turns thought provoking, humorous, and always fascinating.
Sex Machines celebrates the American spirit of invention while exploring the desires and confusions that exist between men and women in our changing culture. Many of the inventors seen within these pages are otherwise ordinary family men who were inspired to help repair strained relationships or simply enhance their wives’ sexual pleasure. Some inventors have expanded their hobby into thriving cottage industries, selling their creations on eBay and adult stores online.
Archibald covers the broad spectrum of the makers—from the elusive creator of the Sybian, the forefather of sex machines, to lesser-known inventors like Paul Gaertner, who, laid off from his job in the high-tech industry, founded a new business by transforming a thrift store pasta maker into a high-powered sexual appliance. After receiving an apocalyptic vision of a future without men, Louis Walker constructs a sex machine prototype for the women survivors. Eric Reynolds credits his apparatus for saving his marriage, and Jon Traven uses his sex device as a form of Christian-based marriage counseling.
Like the work of Bill Owens, Studs Terkel, and Diane Arbus, Archibald’s photographs and interviews find unexpected beauty and mystery among the lives of regular people—this time, as they engender a new form of “marriage enhancement” and sexual liberation in the suburbs and small towns across America.
Waste of an awesome topic.
I completely respect everyone in their own serial fetishist. It's a spice of life, and it's yours. This book however has completely retarded my interest in making these things.I can't help but feel that the author(s) and photographer(s) took these people and turned them into backward simpleton pervs. The photos are not flattering in the slightest and the back drops are as tacky as the subjects out fits. The stories are not the heartfelt nor sweet. It's just kind of trashy feeling, and not the good pulp fiction trashy, just kind of...ewww.
No Comment about the scope or quality of the text . . . it served is purpose . . .
Did not read it. Bought it because I have a friend named Timothy Archibald. Presented it to him (asking for his autograph) at our Tuesday morning coffee group get together. Everyone thought it was funny . . . and Yes every one in the group 'paged through it!'
To quote the back of the book, "Sex Machines unveils an astonishing American sub-culture, and the homespun inventors and users who propel the ever-changing sexual landscape." This is a book about independent inventors of sex machines, converting household appliance into something much more intimate and Timothy Archibald is the photographer who tells their story through fine art photography.This is an outrageous and beautifully photographed book with interviews from inventors from California, Minnesota, Idaho, Virginia, New York, Nevada, Louisiana, Utah, Oregon, Illinois, Missouri, Texas and Ohio. Each sex machine is unique and varies from converted domestic appliances such as a modified vacuum, a pasta maker chassis named 'The Thumpstir', 'Two to Tango', which I must admit looked a bit intimidating and yes it does take two people to use it.I purchased this book because of its mention in Mary Roach's book, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex . I was further swayed by her description of the inventor as told by Archibald, "He comes across someone else's sex machine, is fascinated, decides to build one himself. He present it to his wife, who goes, 'Wha?' and then he sells it on Ebay." And I though, I need to see this book.I was not disappointed. This is a wonderful collection of fine art photography of inventors and their sex machines which provides a small glimpse into a small web based community that turn ordinary household appliances into mechanical pleasure items.
No machines for men. These all all are for women.
The title is misleading. It would have you believe that this book covers both sexes, it does not. I feel that it is also out of date, painfully thin and not even an email address to contact the manufacturers.
Wow Collection Of Interviews !
Shot Through In About Six Hours ! HI-Lights ! And All The Fun Pictures ! Sybian ? Stroking Isn't Necessary ! Saw An F-Saw At Least Twice ! Some Where Shear Works Of Art ! Beautiful ! Even A Little Weird ! Some Very Heavy Duty ! Run Day And Night ? All Fascinating ! Lots Of Ideas ! For Building One ! Easy Read ! Learned A lot ! Enjoyed ! Thanks Amazon ! Any On You Tube ? Maybe ! Thanks Again ! Later....6/19/13 Turns Out This Book Is Way Deeper ! These Designs Are Actually Awesome ! Especially The Thrill Hammer(Installing One At The Chicken Ranch In Nevada)! Culmination Of At Least 2 maybe 3 Or More Concepts ! Electro Stimulation ? Music ? Massage ? All In One ? Spare The Rod Spoil The Child ? All Chasing The Big O ! Now ! A Favorite Book !
Fun and... Educational!
Sex Machines by Timothy Archibald is an interesting and strangely beautiful piece of work to be sure. It portrays a small subculture of seemingly nondescript citizens who have a rather unique avocation- the building of phallic sex machines. The guys involved range from religious zealots and minivan driving family men to outright voyeurs.The book can be divided into portraits of two categories: those of the participants, and those of the machines themselves. While some of the former portraits offer a tell tale nod and wink as to what their subjects actually delve in, others seem quite detached from the matter at hand, and their interviews are similarly businesslike. Meanwhile, the machines are as disjointed and incongruent as the "portraits" that feature them-mechanical conglomerations of metal gears and pulleys of various Rube Goldberg designs that all culminate in the odd angled and absurdly life like dildo set against the most domestic of backdrops.The effective use of color provides a warmth and dimension to the subject matter that would have otherwise proven just a tad too clinical with B&W. And the 2 1/4 format simplifies the compositions by cutting to the chase and letting the viewer concentrate on the essentials. I don't know if I learned much (or care to) about this particular mindset, but it was a fun errr... ride!
Very Interesting Book
Very interesting. Just stumbled on this and was curious. I like to tinker but these folks are very creative! Some people might be a bit uncomfortable with the topic but a pretty interesting read if you are curious about why and how people wind up doing what they do.
Everything that one would want to know about the topic.