The year was in 1912, when celebrated American photographer John Ernest Joseph Bellocq ventured into Storyville, New Orleans legalized red light district. He was there for work, not pleasure, photographing the local prostitutes and salacious ladies of the day.
He never actually got to publish the images, they were discovered long after his death tucked away in a dusty draw in his desk. They were then printed by Lee Friedlander and released to the public as E.J. Bellocq Storyville Portraits
During his time Bellocqs photographs would have been considered extremely risque and provocative. Some 101 years later, they are a timely reminder of just how much our values and morals have changed. Today, being provocative is actively encouraged, sexual peccadilloes celebrated and prostitution legalised in many capital cities, not confined and tucked away in the darkened streets of downtown New Orleans.