Natacha Merritt

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Natacha Merritt
Born1977 (age 41–42)
San Francisco, USA
NationalityUnited States
Alma materSan Francisco State University
Known forPhotography, Writing, Virtual Reality

Natacha Merritt (born 1977) is an American photographer, artist and biologist. Her 2000 book Digital Diaries was published by Taschen and was the first digital photography book ever published.[1] She has been profiled in Rolling Stone. [2] Merritt has been called a cheap self-promoter,[1] a ground-breaker,[3] and the contemporary counterpart of Anaïs Nin.[4] She cataloged her sexual history on the internet through explicit photographs and drew the attention of photographer Eric Kroll, leading to the release of her photos as Digital Diaries.[5]

Merritt was a guest speaker at the Ars Electronica Festival in Austria[1] and in Melbourne at the AGIdeas 2002 conference.[5] In 2003 she was one of the creators of Zumanity for Cirque du Soleil. In 2008 she sold the rights for an Insect Circus to Cirque du Soleil. The show became Ovo.[citation needed]

Merritt has been compared to Cindy Sherman and Claude Cahun in how she has broken photographic ground in self-portraiture by redefining the boundaries of artistic photography.[6] Her work has been described as "a distinct female voice that takes candid self-revelation to new heights of wonderful indecency".[4]

In Merritt’s 2012 book Sexual Selection, she compares and contrasts the sexual intricacies of plants and insects with her own sexuality. She returned to higher education to study evolutionary biology, noting "The leap makes sense when you are passionate about sex. All roads lead to evolutionary biology, speciation and genetics."[7] Sexual Selection has been called a work of art that "offer insight into universal sexuality and broaden the viewer’s sense of beauty and understanding of sexual behavior".[6]

Merritt has continued her directorial career as the creative director for a live erotic interactive event in Beverly Hills. The event was critically acclaimed. When asked by the Los Angeles Times what sort of talent she looked for in erotic performers, she said "My ideal performer was one woman who said 'I want to perform at Sanctum, become a politician and then get outed in a sex scandal so I can point out the hypocrisy,'" Merritt said. "I was like, 'You're hired.'"[8]

Merritt has been developing virtual reality content since late 2014


Projection designer[edit]

In 2003 Merritt worked as a creator and projection designer for Cirque du Soleil’s erotic show Zumanity.[12]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Kettman, Steve (19 October 2000). "The Narcissist". LA Weekly. Retrieved 14 November 2009.
  2. ^ Healy, Mark (June 8, 2000). "NATACHA KINKY". ROLLING STONE. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  3. ^ Gordon, Daphne (29 October 2000). "Portrait of the artist as a young slut ; A generation of women are taking back the once-taboo title by celebrating their sex drives in their art". Toronto Star. Retrieved 14 November 2009.
  4. ^ a b Jakubowski, Maxim (6 May 2000). "The eyes of the beholder". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 14 November 2009.
  5. ^ a b Mangan, John (27 April 2002). "California's controversial digital diarist does Melbourne". The Age. Retrieved 14 November 2009.
  6. ^ a b Baugher, Shirley (May 2012). "Natacha Merritt: Millennial Woman". Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  7. ^ a b Archived 2012-01-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Brown, August (29 March 2013). "Sanctum duo aim to give L.A. a fresh dose of sexuality". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ "Natacha Merritt, fotografías explícitas". Feb 15, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  10. ^ Bowman, David (May 6, 2000). "Digital Diaries: Natacha Merritt's photographs of herself giving head are a high-tech display of sexual narcissism". Retrieved 2009-04-23.
  11. ^ Kettmann, Steve (6 September 2000). "Sexual Artist Enjoys the Freedom". Retrieved 2009-04-23.
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