“Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the Angelic
Orders? And even if one were to suddenly
take me to its heart, I would vanish into its
stronger existence. For beauty is nothing but
the beginning of terror, that we are still able to bear,
and we revere it so, because it calmly disdains
to destroy us. Every Angel is terror.”
John Ernest Joseph Bellocq was most famous for his portraits of prostitutes in Storyville, the legalized red light district of New Orleans. Most of the negatives were destroyed, but a few were found posthumously – concealed in a couch. A dandy from a wealthy Creole family and an unfriendly antisocial eccentric, Bellocq was a mysterious legend in a dark world of sin and was obsessed with photographing the unwanted.