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Barcelona-based photographer Katia Repina met Marta on her second week on the job. Marta was a pornographic actress and Repina was working on a documentary about the industry. Marta was 23, and she was not forced into the porn industry; she has no extenuating circumstances forcing the situation upon her. She chose a career in porn.
"When I first met her, I was so surprised by how open and sincere she was," Repina explained to The Huffington Post. "I felt that she was very different from other porn actresses. I remember thinking, probably, it's because she is just two weeks in. All girls change when they enter the industry."
Repina resolved to find out for herself. She reached out to Marta, asking to meet up. The two maintained a friendship for three years and, for two of them, Repina chronicled the relationship on camera. The resulting photo series, called "Llámame Marta" or "Call Me Marta," documents a young woman's initiation into the porn industry, and the moments ordinary and not-so-much that arise along the way.
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"I was fascinated with her strong character and obsession to control everything, and at the same moment, she was so tender and sincere," Repina said. "I just wanted to document how all these characteristics were coexisting with her new job in pornography."
The black-and-white photographs chronicle a woman who is so much more than just her job title. In one image, Marta applies makeup before a shoot, in another she lifts weights at the gym. She walks her dog, climbs atop a nude body during a shoot, recruits her boyfriend to help remove her pubic hair. The series is presented by Repina without judgment or agenda, neither a defense of the porn industry nor a takedown of it, far removed from documentaries like "Hot Girls Wanted." Instead, the images paint a shadowy yet revealing portrait of a complex young woman. No overarching message, no moral. Just Marta.
"She is an amazing person with a big heart," Repina said, "and if she loves somebody, it is for real."
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