Since September 2000, Alexandra Jacoby has been capturing a glimpse of women’s most private selves. So private that most women haven’t seen their own.
She’s been making vagina portraits.
The v-portraits are close-up documentary photographs. There are no stylists, no details about the models to set the mood for fantasy—just the elusive faces of the vagina in plain view. So women can see ourselves for ourselves.
While vagina vérité® is for, and about women, it warmly welcomes men.
The project began when, apropos nothing, a friend asked her if she liked the way her vagina looked.
Off that question, their conversation and a post-it, it became clear that neither had ever actually seen what other women’s vaginas looked like (what they had seen was mainstream men’s porn magazines), that her friend was convinced that there was something wrong with how hers looked (even without having seen others for herself), and that Alexandra had to do something about it.
If there was no reference available to them, then she’d make one.
It would be a book of v-portraits, square, about 8”x8” each, close-up, like the post-it.
Each image the same in composition, and that sameness, revealing how different, interesting and beautiful each vulva is.
When you get a chance to actually see them.
Jacoby is a self-taught photographer and painter. Jacoby is not a vagina expert. She just thinks that women’s bodies are fine the way they are, and is tired of being told differently.
What’s the deal with being told differently? What gave her friend (and many women) the idea that there was something wrong with their vaginas? We’ll get to that.
First, you really should see this.
The book contains over 100 v-portraits, and the story of how the over-10-year project unfolded.
vagina verité® — an unabashed exploration of the plain, ordinary, mysterious matter of vaginas