Male Dancers Wanted (Experience Not Necessary)

Gilles Bonnecarrère’s “Male Dancers Wanted (Experience Not Necessary)” is a collection of previously unpublished photographs taken in a strip club in New York in 1976. by Éditions Lutanie 2013. 400 copies.


New York, 1976. I am 23 years old. The house where I was living, wedged between two buildings at 42 Water Street, has just burned down. All that it held is gone. On a bench in Battery Park I find an old Village Voice with the following ad: ‘Male Dancers Wanted (experience not necessary).’ On 46th Street, near Broadway, I climb the narrow staircase up to a cashier’s window. Denise, the boss, says: ‘Are you here for the job? Come in, have a look, see if you can do it.’


Photos via: Yvon Lambert bookshop.

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