Artist: BellocqTitle: New Orleans ProstituteMedium: Photo Litho, 1987, ItalyDimensions: 7.8x6.25"Heat Wax Mounted on 11x14" Conservation Board
John Ernest Joseph Bellocq (1873–1949) was an American professional photographer who worked in New Orleans during the early 20th century. Bellocq is remembered for his haunting photographs of the prostitutes of Storyville, New Orleans' legalized red light district. These have inspired novels, poems and films. After his death, most of his negatives and prints were destroyed. Many of the remaining negatives were badly damaged, Many of the faces had been scraped out; whether this was done by Bellocq, his Jesuit priest brother who inherited them after E. J.'s death or someone else is unknown.
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