Bellocq: photographs from Storyville, the red-light district of New Orleans

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J. Cape, 1996 - Photography - 83 pages
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Bellocq has remained a famous enigma, after his extraordinary photographs were exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in 1970. He has appeared as a character in a novel and as the subject of a controversial fil, PRETTY BABY by Louis Malle. Nobody knows when or how he died. The glass plates, from which these photographes were made, are in the possession of Lee Friedlander. We hve re-edited from this archive to produce one of the most stunning and frank studies of Storeyville at its height.

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Review: Bellocq:: Photographs from Storyville, the Red-Light District of New Orleans

User Review  - Paul Secor - Goodreads

Years ago, I bought the original MOMA edition of this book. When the larger, more handsome Random House edition was published I bought it too, but my heart is with the earlier edition. Haunting photos ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
70
Section 3
71
Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Susan Sontag, an influential cultural critic with a Harvard master's degree in philosophy, is noted for taking radical positions and venturing outrageous interpretations. Proclaiming a "new sensibility," she supported the cause of pop art and underground films in the 1960s. Her reputation as a formidable critic has been established by numerous reviews, essays, and articles in the New York Review of Books, the N.Y. Times, Harper's, and other periodicals. Against Interpretation (1966) includes her controversial essay "Notes on Camp," first published in Partisan Review. The title of the book introduces her argument against what she sees as the distortion of an original work by the countless critics who bend it to their own interpretations. "The aim of all commentary on art," she writes, "should be to make works of art---and, by analogy, our own experience---more, rather than less, real to us." Sontag has a mature modernist sensibility, but manages to depict the avant-garde in language accessible to any reader. She has lectured extensively around the United States and has taught philosophy at Harvard, Sarah Lawrence, and Columbia. She is a frequent and popular television discussion personality, particularly on contemporary issues of illness or feminism, although many feminists are unhappy that she does not declare herself to be a "feminist critic." She is also, less successfully, a fiction writer.

John Szarkowski, is Director Emeritus of the Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. His book of photographs of the buildings of Louis Sullivan was recently reissued by Bulfinch Press. Szarkowski lives in East Chatham, NY, & New York City.