Photographer Naomi Harris (at left) was living in Miami, freelancing for the Miami Herald and New York Times, when she attended her first swing party. She was brought there by a friend she'd met at the local nude beach ("I don't like tan lines and I don't like bathing suits," she says) and initially found herself horrified by the sight of frumpy attendees loading up on roast beef before heading to the backroom for an orgy. At the same time, though, she was intrigued.
The result of her curiosity is the book America Swings (Taschen, $500), which was named as one of the ten best photography books of 2009 by American Photo. The book shows a world to which few photographers have been admitted—an alternate American Heartland where the phrase "good times with good neighbors" has a very particular meaning.
Longtime American Photo contributor Michael Kaplan recently sat down (fully clothed) with Harris to find out how she photographed the world of American swingers.