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"They f--- on film," says the photographer, "so there are not a lot of secrets left." Nonetheless, Greenfield-Sanders has produced a collection of images that intriguingly unites high and low culture-he describes the project as "class meets ass." The result is the most-talked-about photo book of the year, XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits (Bulfinch Press, ).Its release this fall coincided with a major exhibition at New York City's Mary Boone Gallery, a behind-the-scenes film airing on HBO, and even a soundtrack CD from the film, attesting to the modern cultural allure of porn.And they're very open-there's no spin with them, which I loved. Did that openness affect how you worked with them as a portraitist? A lot of factors caused these pictures to end up looking the way they do.

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Boogie Nights came out with mainstream actors like Mark Wahlberg and Julianne Moore playing porn stars.

My first idea was to photograph them clothed, not naked, because I thought, from watching the film, that they might be interesting as people.

I'd never thought of them as people before that-you objectify them, because that's what porn does.

I think it's interesting that these people almost all look more relaxed without clothes than with. How does this project fit into your entire body of work? I did a series on artists from the 1950s, a series on art critics, a series on the East Village art scene. It's interesting to think about when you did this-the Bush administration had come in, the religious right was in ascendency, yet porn was never bigger. I don't think porn will ever be mainstream, but porn stars as celebrities are.

I have a theory about how that happened: It's because of Howard Stern.

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