Tag: XBIZ

Surviving Porn: on the set of Kay Brandt’s ‘Naked’

Lead-bellied clouds loom over the golden slopes of a mountain estate just outside of L.A. Dressed in all black, with red highlights shining through her long raven hair, multi XBIZ Award-winning Kay Brandt stands in stark contrast to the setting. Although she has been on location since dawn, her makeup looks so meticulous, that I…




In Praise of Gratitude at the 2017 XRCO Awards

…Inevitably, this year’s list of winners would be buried beneath the names and fresh faces of stars to come. Trophies would collect dust and be relegated to attics on their inevitable journey to the trash heaps of history. These wins would become footnotes on Wikipedia pages that would eventually be deleted for lack of relevance….




Hard Focus: Jonni Darkko

LOS ANGELES — Photography is the art of capturing a story in a single frame. The discipline puts an emphasis on economy, on enhancing natural beauty and distilling a subject to its essence. This focus is what Jonni Darkko brings to porn. He edits out scripts and storylines, concentrating on the act. He casts seasoned…




Mason X

Pornography reveals the concealed. It revels in what happens behind closed doors, in the dark recesses of fantasies. The only thing that remains hidden in porn is the work that goes into creating it, and by extension, its creators. As such, much of what we know about the enigmatic director, Mason, comes from reflecting on…