GUYETTE SECOND EDITION: Richard Pérez Seves has published an expanded second edition of his critically acclaimed biography/photo-anthology on fetish pioneer Charles Guyette.
However, until the first edition of Seves’ book was published last summer, most fans of vintage fetish photography would not have realised how much of what they enjoyed was produced by Guyette, as a substantial amount of his work appeared uncredited.
Says Peres: “What compelled me to put out a Guyette second edition was that I was contacted by numerous people who claimed to have images which they recognised as Charles Guyette’s work after seeing my modest book.”
“These (willfully anonymous) individuals were kind enough to share scans of this newly discovered Guyette material with me.”
Also tremendously helpful, adds the author, was Dita Von Teese‘s promotion of the original book on Instagram (link below), which turned out to be “a critical component in getting the book in touch with the right audience of vintage fetish enthusiasts”.
While the biographical material in the Guyette second edition remains the same save for a few minor edits in the endnotes, the book has been expanded by 25 pages and contains roughly 30 more images.
The new pictures have been inserted throughout, interwoven into the contents of the previous edition, boosting the pagination from 180pp to 206pp. The price of the new edition is only slightly higher than the original — at £7.99 in the UK, for example.
This is a real bargain for anyone into vintage fetish who didn’t buy the first edition. And at such a modest price,
As some of you will already know, Charles Guyette appears as a character in the movie Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (see our Jan- uary cover story about things to come in 2018).
Guyette is depicted hosting a rope-bondage demonstration in his Manhattan studio and also providing a dominant costume for the professor’s assistant and lover Olive Byrne.
The film suggests the garment became the inspiration for the outfit later worn by Marston’s creation, Wonder Woman.
This independent biopic from Angela Robinson had only the briefest theatrical releases at the end of 2017, but will be out soon on DVD, Blu-ray and streaming platforms.
Look out for a full Fetishistas review of the movie soon, and a companion piece by Seves discussing the film’s portrayal of Guyette and the Marston family’s attempts to discredit the historical basis of the movie.
Below are links to Dita’s Instagram video post and Richard Pérez Seves’ FetHistory blog, followed by a list of direct links to a selection of countries’ Amazon pages for the Guyette second edition, full title of which is: Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art (2018 Expanded Second Edition).
Published January 26, 2018