Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. And, of course, Mr. By Priscilla Frank Warning: This article contains some serious nudity and is probably not appropriate for work. Alexandre Dupouy His pseudonym was Monsieur X. His subject, the sex workers of Paris. X is an amateur and yet so professional by the quality of his images," French collector Alexandre Dupouy explained to the Huffington Post.
Obsessional yet attaining a rare degree of complicity with his models. The nameless bookseller contacted Dupouy, who acquired the images and agreed to keep the photographer's identity anonymous. After carefully examining the photos, Dupouy identified certain car models that approximately dated Monsieur X's works between and Brothels were legal in Paris until Although the images are most often playful, featuring big smiles and frisky poses, they hint at the struggles these young women were subjected to.
One would usually end up staying with 10 or 15 girls in the same situation. However, the extra income came at a price.
Disease was rampant and access to protection was paltry. The girls cleaned themselves with something called 'hygienic sponges.
These girls are used to displaying themselves, caressing themselves, alone or in company. One can guess that they live in the nude, in the same room, the same house. Alexandre Dupouy Along with the images, Monsieur X gifted texts from the private notebooks of some of the photographed women, illuminating the details of their daily rituals.
I decided to go visit with my friends Marie and Fanfan, just for a change. When they saw me, the face I had, they started teasing me right off.
Then we started comparing our pussies. Then they splayed my thighs, calling me their poor little kitten. I was nice and wet, glistening through the curls, they went on together: Another private journal entry, dated December , describes the subject's interactions with Monsieur X: Marie, Fanfan and I all quickly remove our panties and whatever else is superfluous, then we settle down on the floor, on the couch, or just stay standing up, whatever our fancy.
She begins by showing us off, opening wide our thighs. What she sees seems to stimulate her, to bring her a lots of pleasure, as if she was discovering incredible treasures, almost too beautiful for such an old bugger.
Alexandre Dupouy Monsieur X occupies an ambiguous role as photographer -- both masked voyeur and close confidante. The intimate mischief of the photographs divulge the inexplicable comfort the documented sex workers seemed to feel in his presence. In Dupouy's words, "Mr. Dupouy compared the explicit treasure trove of images to the work of late 19th century New Orleans photographer E.
Bellocq , known for befriending and chronicling the lives of sex workers in New Orleans' Storyville red-light district. Yet for Dupouy, the more recent archives, not to mention the more widespread bounty of mainstream pornographic imagery, doesn't compare to the exuberant promiscuity of earlier times.