Great photos of people you’re not meant to see

Yesterday’s VSL, on Waiter Rant, gave you an inside look at the restaurant world; today we’ll take a peek at a seamier side of the service industry: phone sex. Its putative allure lies partly in the mystery of who could be on the other end of the phone line, but in his new photo gallery at the online magazine the Morning News, New York–based photographer Phillip Toledano puts faces to the disembodied voices.

The photos are taken from Toledano’s new book Phonesex (out this fall), and they’re all expertly composed and shot, their captions both amusing and illuminating. Not surprisingly, the subjects aren’t beauties, but their appearance gives the images more punch: When you think of the roles the operators play convincingly and what they really look like, you know you’re seeing a true testament to the power of the imagination.

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