Pretty, Subtle Photographs of 1960s Parisian Prostitutes

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Swedish-born photographer Christer Strömholm moved to Pigalle, Paris in 1959. He was absorbed into the Red Light district. He lived with and developed intimate friendships and relationships with the prostitutes. He shot them coquettishly working the streets, and unguarded, cavorting in their homes. He shot them putting on their drag as playful, still-boyish figures transformed into their true state — the magnificent tigresses of the Place Blanche. Spotted by Dangerous Minds, here are some of these captivating, unpretentious photographs. Many more can be found in Strömholm’s book, Amies De Place Blanche .

Photo credit: Christer Strömholm. Suzannah, Hôtel Pierrots, 1962

Photo credit: Christer Strömholm. Carla & Zizou, Brasserie Graff, 1963

Photo credit: Christer Strömholm. Giulia & Carol, 1964

Photo credit: Christer Strömholm. Sabrina, 1967

Photo credit: Christer Strömholm. Cobra & Caprice, 1961

Photo credit: Christer Strömholm, Panama

Photo credit: Christer Strömholm. Nana, place Blanche, 1959

Photo credit: Christer Strömholm. Sabrina & Cobra, 1962

Photo credit: Christer Strömholm. Nana, 1959

Photo credit: Christer Strömholm. CHR & Jacky, 1962