Ernest James BELLOCQ (1873-1949)

Photographer. Bellocq's most well known works are the portraits of the women who worked in the brothels of Storyville, New Orleans' red light district. Most of them are photographed in warm sunlight, both dressed and undresssed, looking soft and relaxed. Their neutral eros, surprising to have come from the camera of a man, still fascinates viewers today.

Bellocq's arrival in photography history came in 1958, when the New York photographer Lee Friedlander came across Bellocq's engatives at a certain gallery. In 1966, bought 89 of these negatives and began to print them. Then, in 1970, Bellocq's ladies were revived at places like the MoMA.

 


"Untitled"

Gelatin silver print
25.2×20.2cm
Signed on back by Lee Friedlander

"Storyville Portrait"

c.a. 1911
Gelatin silver print (printed by Lee Friedlander, gold toned POP print)
20.2×25.2cm
Signed by Lee Friedlander

 


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