(b New Orleans, LA, 15 March 1873; d New
American photographer. He is known to have
worked as a commercial photographer in New Orleans from 1895
to 1940 and to have photographed for local shipbuilders and
in the Chinese sector of New Orleans, although none of this
work apparently survives. His photography is known only
through prints made by Lee Friedlander from the 89 gelatin
dry plate negatives found after Bellocq’s death. These
negatives date from c. 1912 and are sympathetic
portraits of prostitutes of New Orleans and interior views
of their workplaces. Known as the Storyville Portraits,
34 were shown by MOMA, New York, in a travelling exhibition
in 1970–71. Bellocq’s life was the subject of Pretty Baby
(1978), a film by Louis Malle.
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