E.J. Bellocq: Photographs from Storyville, The Red Light District of New Orleans

Bellocq’s prostitutes are beautiful…Beautiful innocently or tenderly or wickedly or joyfully or obscenely, but all are beautiful, in the same sense that they are present, unique, irreplaceable, believable, receptive. Each of these pictures is the product of a successful alliance.—John Szarkowski

An expanded and revised edition of the famous book of portraits of prostitutes in turn-of-the-century New Orleans, the inspiration for the Louis Malle film Pretty Baby. This edition includes 52 tritone photographs. The text from the original edition—by John Szarkowski, former director of photography at The Museum of Modern Art—is reprinted here, along with an introduction by Susan Sontag.