Friday Night Grind: Bourbon Street, New Orleans

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The old world character of New Orleans is at once elegant, cultured, and refined, yet dilapidated, boisterous, and vulgar. To document these abundant eccentricities, Jackie Brenner is drawn to subjects that expose the night people of her hometown with Bourbon Street and its strip clubs as the perfect tease. To gain entry into this darkened shadowy world was difficult.Friday nights, better known as date night in the Crescent, were chosen to penetrate the fantasy, harshness, and humanity of the strippers' world; to...
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The old world character of New Orleans is at once elegant, cultured, and refined, yet dilapidated, boisterous, and vulgar. To document these abundant eccentricities, Jackie Brenner is drawn to subjects that expose the night people of her hometown with Bourbon Street and its strip clubs as the perfect tease. To gain entry into this darkened shadowy world was difficult.Friday nights, better known as date night in the Crescent, were chosen to penetrate the fantasy, harshness, and humanity of the strippers' world; to become a witness to the reality of their "otherworldy" existence. These women find the amount of money that can be earned too hard to pass up regardless of the consequences. They are a little bit of everyone just trying to make it through the day using whatever resources are available.When she began this project, Brenner was expecting the strippers to be mere objects and she finished it knowing these ladies as human beings. Jackie Brenner's enigmatic images now serve as historical record of the time before Hurricane Katrina's devastation created another obstacle in the path for all of us who are addicted to the character of New Orleans.Just as these women struggle to survive, so will New Orleans, as her people fight to preserve, rebuild, and insure the integrity of her survival.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780976252337
  • Publisher: Fresco Fine Art Publications, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Pages: 84
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jackie Brenner, a fine art documentary photographer, studied at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art School of Photography. Her work has been exhibited in several galleries, won prizes in juried shows, is held in private collections, and is included in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and Houston's Museum of Fine Art.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    strippers and their patrons on New Orleans' famed Bourbon Street

    Brenner's photographs report the New Orleans strip-club scene in a gritty style. The noirish, realistic photos capture the words from the lines of a poem 'The Grind of Bourbon Street' used as an epigraph for the 50 or so photos--'The grind of/merely surviving the harshness of living...' This 'grind' is juxtaposed with the 'grind' of the crowds and of the music. Yet the women do not appeal for sympathy nor are they photographed to evoke sympathy. Neither are Brenner's photos moralistic in that they belittle or judge the women. Their work as strippers is merely and equivalently another kind of work, like the work of other laborers or blue-collar workers. The scenes with women smoking and drinking sodas offstage and even the shots of them in their nearly naked performances have a matter-of-fact quality. Here the flesh of breasts, buttocks, backs, and thighs is simply another element of the scene, like the excited or jaded men with their beers. Everyone is playing a prescribed role. Only the few photos of younger women, little more than girls, with faintly frantic looks for means of escape suggest the vacuousness of the enterprise sucking the adult women and men into it with no hope or desire of return at the point they have reached. After Katrina, one will wait and see if this aspect of the famed New Orleans Bourbon Street night life comes back.

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