Wednesday, February 2, 2011

From Porn To Historic Erotic Photography - The Work of E.J. Bellocq

E.J. Bellocq was an early 20th century photographer.  He shot photos of the women of the New Orleans' Redlight District.  He shot them in domestic settings. This wasn't his job. For a paycheck, he shot photographic records of landmarks and of ships and machinery for local companies.  Along with his erotic photos of the prostitutes of Storyville, he took photos of the other aspects of the underbelly of the New Orleans social scene, like the opium dens in Chinatown.

But, this is a blog about nudes, so without further adieu, the "erotic photography" of yesteryear...











All photos are by E.J. Bellocq - Untitled c. 1912 -- Lee Friedlander purchased the glass negatives, printed and showed them in 1970.  And Susan Sontag published a more extensive collection in 1996, titled Bellocq: Photographs from Storyville.


Looks like it's time to pull out the film cameras and holler at some robust ladies. I feel some old school porn shoots coming on.

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