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By Robert Flynn Johnson. Foreword by Dita Von Teese. In this unique compilation, the author has uncovered two hundred of the earliest known photographs of prostitutes in a nineteenth-century bordello in Reading, Pennsylvania, circa 1892. All never before published. Taken by commercial photographer William Goldman, the photographs paint a full picture of the environment that the women inhabited—inside the brothel, posing artistically for the camera, their off-duty routines like reading, smoking, and bathing. Essays by Professor Ruth Rosen and Dennita Sewell, and Dita's long, insightful and autobiographical Foreword. Mature Readers.

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In this unique compilation, the author has uncovered two hundred of the earliest known photographs of prostitutes in a nineteenth-century bordello in Reading, Pennsylvania, circa 1892. All never before published. Taken by commercial photographer William Goldman, the photographs paint a full picture of the environment that the women inhabited—inside the brothel, posing artistically for the camera, their off-duty routines like reading, smoking, and bathing. Essays by Professor Ruth Rosen and Dennita Sewell, and Dita's long, insightful and autobiographical Foreword.

The essays provide an insightful historical overview of these images in context of the period in which they were taken, addressing Prostitution: From Necessary to Social Evil, Other People's Daughters, Layers of Seduction, etc.

Preface from famed burlesque dancer Dita von Teese.

Tthis volume provides a personal visual record of lives of these women while also offering a deeper understanding of the "Working Girl" who existed more than 120 years ago, a critical document to photographic historians, feminists, and social commentarians alike.

What started out as a simple trip to a postcard fair turned into a lifelong investigation for author Robert Flynn Johnson. Captivated by the beauty and originality of a group of nineteenth-century photographs of women, he had to know more. Now, nearly a decade after his first encounter with the images, Johnson has uncovered more than two hundred vintage photographs of women who lived and worked at a brothel in Reading, Pennsylvania, circa 1892.

Never-before published and taken two decades before the famous E. J. Bellocq photographs of prostitutes in Storyville in New Orleans circa 1913, these beautifully produced photographs are only now seeing the light of day. Johnson uses these photographs to detail their aesthetic, historical, and sociological importance in the history of photography, examining them alongside paintings and photographs by such artists as Degas, Picasso, Atget, and more.

 

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Item Code WORKGH
Publisher Gliterrati
Publish Date 2018
ISBN 9781943876587
Adult Rating Mature Readers
Binding Hard Cover
Dimensions 8x10
# Pages 242pg
Color b&w
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