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Monday, April 7, 2008

Cleaning up the City with Burlesque

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When Rudy Giuliani famously set about cleaning up Times Square in the nineties, photographer Lisa Kereszi found herself in the right place at the right time. She focused her camera on old-school strip clubs like the notorious Show World, which adapted to the new era by helping launch the neo-vintage New Burlesque movement.

The lenswoman then traveled across the country to document the trend as it gained momentum over the past few years, and now her work has finally been collected in the sexy, gritty new monograph Fantasies. The subjects include everything from the now-abandoned theaters to unused costumes to (most importantly) the girls themselves. And while the influence of her old boss, Nan Goldin, is obvious, Kereszi clearly calls her own shots.

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