Monday, December 01, 2014

Behind The Scenes Of 1930s Burlesque

American photographer Margaret Bourke-White (June 14, 1904 - August 27, 1971) was the first foreign photographer permitted to document Soviet industry after the revolution, the first American female war photojournalist, and the first female photographer for LIFE Magazine. But in 1936 she took her camera into a completely different war zone - the dressing room of burlesque dancers  - and snapped a few interesting pictures of the so-called "Burlesque Strip-Steppers", back in the day when burlesque was still evolving. I love these photos...

The stage is being prepared at the French Casino.

This photo is entitled Backstage In a Degas Setting the Ballerinas of the Ballet Russe Pause.

If you happen to be in London, you can go to the Daniel Blau gallery, where an exhibition in honor of Bourke-White takes place until December 20. More than 60 photos from her career are on display, including the ones above.


  1. These are amazing pictures, I wouldn't mind swiping some of their costumes ;-) Amazing....Happy 1st of December doll xoxoxoxo

  2. Wow, these pictures are absolutely stunning! Great post <3



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