Jul 8, 2022
Jul 8, 2022

Storyville Portrait (Untitled)

Storyville Portrait (Untitled)

c. 1912, printed c. 1970

E.J. Bellocq

(American, 1873–1949)


Lee Friedlander

(American, b. 1934)

Gelatin silver print

Gift of Sharon & Del Zogg in honor of Wendy Watriss and Frederick C. Baldwin (1929-2021), co-founders of Fotofest, Houston, Texas 2022.79


Did you know?

This is one of only 89 surviving images by New Orleans photographer E.J. Bellocq.


All the surviving Bellocq photographs show prostitutes from the city’s legalized red-light district called Storyville. Depicted as individuals rather than types, the women have relaxed expressions and poses, suggesting acquaintance and trust between subject and photographer. It may have been this sense of emotional, versus physical, intimacy that caused the work, decades after the artist’s death, to inspire films, novels, and poems.

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