By Ashlee Elfman
E. J. Bellocq, or John Ernest Joseph Bellocq was an American photographer based in New Orleans’ red light district - known as Storyville - in the early 20th century. Many of his photos of prostitues are touchingly personal and human. By contrast, some of them are eerily, intentionally damaged - the women’s faces obscured by his frantic scratching.
A lifelong outcast with a reputation for eccentricity, Bellocq died under mysterious circumstances in 1949.
Manuel Álvarez Bravo—Niño maya de Tulum
Glenn Gould photographed in his studio by Gordon Parks for LIFE magazine. 1955.