The Act

In ‘The Act’, acclaimed fine-art photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten portrays the lives and skills of women who voluntarily engage in the UK sex industry as their career. All of them chose a markedly different path in life to the usual one, wittingly challenging social stigma. Julia investigated why this is with imagery and videoed interviews.


Following a year of castings, Julia narrowed her choice of models down to fifteen, some of which were well educated with university degrees. Among them are aerial artistes, a ping-pong girl, a dominatrix, an escort, and webcam and porn stars. She photographed her nude models provocatively posed against a backdrop of specially designed stage sets, highlighting ‘their act’.


Julia’s book contains powerful imagery in her unique style and in exquisite colour. Forewords are by Alessia Glaviano, Senior Photo Editor of Vogue Italia and Helen Tootsi, an up-and-coming art critic. Jen Brook transposed Julia’s videoed interviews into intimate text stories accompanying the girls’ images in the book.


Generously sized, beautifully printed, hand-crafted, sumptuously bound in a soft material flesh-like to the touch, and embellished with a lace garter, the book is a dream for collectors of fine-art photography, especially for enthusiasts of Julia’s style of photography. A DVD containing videoed interviews and behind the scenes glimpses accompanies the book.



All copies are signed and numbered by Julia Fullerton-Batten

  • Standard limited edition, with DVD, 300 copies
  • Collector’s Limited edition, with DVD, signed print selected by collector, mounted in a clamshell box, print size: 11×14″, 10 copies


Book Description

‘The Act’ by Julia Fullerton-Batten
ISBN 978-0-9934199-1-1
Published: February 2017
Book size: 410 mm x 305 mm
Content: 100 pages, 30 images, 16 pages of image and text
Hard Cover – Soft touch embossed pink with a decorative lace restraining band
Designed by: Studio Sutherl&
Published by: Sutherl&Editions
Printed & bound by: Boss Print


Standard Limited edition: £ 140 plus shipping
Collector’s Limited edition: £ 770 plus shipping

Delivery charges

UK – £ 18
Europe – £ 18
US / World – £ 28
Canada – £ 30

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