New Orleans Red Light District, 1912 [NSFW]

20 Oct

Before Storyville of New Orleans shut down in 1917, it was the only legalized red-light district in North America, and French photographer John Ernest Joseph Bellocq took portraits inside of these storied brothels. The sensual, almost haunting shots were incredibly revealing and varied, from the naughty maiden posed playfully on a sofa wearing nothing but a Zorro mask to the awkward poses of the hesitant sitters, the clutching of their hands, the downward, escaping gazes. In an introduction to his collection Bellocq: New Orleans Photographs, Susan Sontag referred to the photographer’s perspective as an “anti-formulaic, anti-salacious sympathy for ‘fallen’ women.” Visit them in our gallery and decide for yourself. (via)

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2 Responses to “New Orleans Red Light District, 1912 [NSFW]”

  1. ISRAEL CARRASCO October 20, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

    why are old pics so creepy looking?

  2. Anonymous October 21, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    ^^ Because when you were younger you found old pics of your mum sucking off your uncle

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