Following the overwhelming success of The Book of Olga, Russia’s answer to Greece’s very own Aphrodite, Olga Rodionova, has teamed up with German photographer Ellen von Unwerth for yet another journey into the realm of beauty and desire.
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We are thrilled delighted to see you return with new adventures in the Story of Olga. In a naughty nutshell, what may we expect?
I can repeat the phrase of our famous publisher- Benedikt Taschen - when he saw the first print copy - It is f***ing amazing! You may choose the word you like best.
In one of the images we see you behind bars. Need we be worried?
No, being behind bars is one of Russia's national sports, all distinguished people are used to do it.
May we call you a modern day Marquis de Sade?
No, I am not the writer. Call me a modern Agnes Sorel.
In the first book, your “partner in crime” was Bettina Rheims. In the second Ellen von Umwerth. Both are celebrated photographers. Did you notice any major differences in the way they work?
Yes, Bettina is more sharp and rough, Ellen is more feminine and mild.
Do you think the same books could have been produced by a man? Would you consider working with a man?
I worked with Helmut Newton, Peter Lindbergh, David LaChapelle, Terry Richardson, just to mention the best known, and for sure I can work with a male photographer on a new book.
Will we see you return for a third adventure? And, if so, do you have any ideas where that may lead you?
I do but prefer that it would be a surprise.
What is your favorite erotic literature?
Vis and RAmin by Fakhruddin As'ad Gurgani.
Suppose, God forbid, you have to spend one year on an uninhabited island. There is food and water in abundance, but you are allowed to bring along only five things. What would they be?
Man, mirror, hairbrush, scissors, toothpaste.
Finally, We happen to have a masked ball at Plastik next month. If you were able to make it, what would you wear?
A mask and a drop of perfume will do, if you dare.
INTERVIEWED BY: PETER SPEETJENS