Scalo, 1995 First edition Hardcover with dust jacket, 112 pages, 240 x 290 mm Text in German Condition: Very Good
While staying at a friend’s loft in the Wall Street district in 1993, Merry Alpern realized that a window in the back room provided a view of a tiny bathroom window of an illegal lap-dance club frequently visited by stock-brokers and other businessmen.
Captivated by the spectacle, Alpern spent an entire winter spying with her camera. The photographer not only captured paid sexual favors, drugs and money changing hands, but also the fragility of the women spending a few seconds in front of the mirror.
In 1995, when she was about to receive a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant, her nomination was suddenly rejected and vilified by more conservative members of the council who were outraged by the images. This caused quite a controversy, at the same time sparking a great interest in the work. As a result, museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco rushed to exhibit the subsequently acclaimed series.
Cited in Parr/Badger’s The Photobook: A History volume III
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