"Every harlot was a virgin once" - William Blake
Who would have guessed that these happy, innocent gals, playing with their pups, would be turn of the century prostitutes? That is the magic of E.J. Bellocq whose positive portrayal of these gals gained him wide spread recognition in the 1950s when his work was discovered. Did ya'll dig that first cocky gal in the striped tights? She inspires me so much; I framed her and placed her in my living room.
Images Scanned from "Bellocq" Photographs from Storyville the Red Light District of New Orleans." Photographs are from 1912.