Marquis Issue 50

By on December 16, 2010

Marquis fetish magazine celebrates its 50th issue, on sale now, see The head of Marquis is Peter Czernich, who also publishes Heavy Rubber and Marquis Style, as well as websites including, and

We mark the occasion with these reflections from Peter, after seventeen years producing fetish images…

“It makes me happy to think that I may have helped to free some people from their complexes, from feeling sick because of their fetishes. That’s the way many people were when I started out, around the mid 1980s. At least in Germany, I think what we did helped develop the modern fetish scene, and especially women have made an amazing change. In 1985, when asked to wear high heels, your girlfriend used to tell you to go see a doctor…”

“It is all about your fantasies. I’ve been sitting there thinking by myself wouldn’t it be great to put a girl into…. And sooner or later, I have realised almost all of my fantasies, over and over again. That’s how it works for me, I know no other way. Actually, taking photos has been a great way to talk girls into doing perverted things, wearing gas masks, inflated hoods, get encased in layers of latex, vacbeds, or an inflated rubber ball, hehe…”

“You can only be good when you’re fully behind what you’re doing, and when you fully understand all it’s implications. If you try to fulfil other people’s fantasies, without feeling them yourself, you’ll fail.”

“It is a shame when I see most younger fetishists today don’t even know these names anymore: Bob Carlos Clarke’s fantastic black and white latex photos, Jo Hammar’s perverted heavy rubber images, especially the transparent rubber clinic stuff, his muse Natalia as a perfect rubber dream with huge boobs, the illustrations of Willie, Stanton etc., the hyper-realistic fetish art of Hajime Sorayama – there is so much….”

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“Photography today is the central art form. All is about visuals, advertising, entertainment, media. It is more accessible than ever, cheaper, more versatile (sending photos from any spot on the planet in an instant anywhere else!), ordering photos by internet, spreading your work via your own website, or networks, high definition, dynamic range photography, Photoshop… The possibilities are endless, available for everybody, no need to learn a lot to do it. All that counts is the idea, an eye for light and perspective, and dedication.”

“It’s not as much of a challenge as you would think, to keep the magazines fresh and new to their audience. There is so much talent out there – photographers, models, designers all send us their best stuff, hoping to get printed. We have way less pages than we could fill, so it will never be boring.”

“I have found it much more demanding to direct films. Actually, we did it in the early years as we took fun in it, but meanwhile, I don’t find us good enough anymore, so we’re discussing various possibilities to join forces with professionals right now.”

”I wish I had a plan. I’m not a fan of iPads either, I like printed paper and will not change anymore (at the age of 57)…”

“The way it is, the disrespect for copyrights – photos, films, music – has already destroyed a lot. One example, there are no more ambitious erotic film productions, as it is not possible to make a decent profit from it anymore. The moment a new dvd comes out, it is ripped and spread all over the file sharing sites. Among most others, it has stopped our fetish film production. I’ll never learn to live in such a world, and it has taken a lot of the fun out of it for me.”

“ The work that best represents me is, for film lovers: the Fetish Academy and White Room series and for readers: Marquis and Heavy Rubber magazines (plus before that!). If you collect fetish photography, the “best” is yet to come: I plan a really fat book next year…”

“I want to go more towards fashion and art. As much as I love my baby Heavy Rubber, it restricts me too much in the “fetish ghetto.”

“I advise young photographers to get printed. Print matters. The internet is a vast playground, but all that is there is buried under tons of new stuff every day. Who remembers anything that was on Facebook last month? Print is collected and lasts over decades, books even more than magazines.”

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