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Storyville Photos in New Orleans Exhibit

August 11, 1996

E.J. Bellocq's early-1900s photographs of New Orleans' red-light district are the focus of an exhaustive exhibition that opened this weekend at the New Orleans Museum of Art. "E.J. Bellocq: Storyville Photographs" assembles nearly 100 images, the most comprehensive collection of the photographer's work ever shown.

The show features previously unpublished shots of cemeteries, churches and children found in local archives and private collections, as well as the only known photograph of Bellocq himself. But the bulk of the exhibit is the collection of photos he took in the bordellos of New Orleans' famous Storyville district in 1912 and 1913--characterized in Louis Malle's 1978 film "Pretty Baby."

The exhibit runs through Oct. 20. General admission $6. Information: (504) 488-2631 or (504) 483-2655.

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