Amber Ray

"Show" is photographer Henry Horenstein’s long-anticipated look at modern burlesque. The photographs were made from 2001 to 2009, and serve as an homage to the neo-burlesque resurgence of the last several years.

The noir-styled images in Show are variously amusing, sexy, and harsh — true reflections of the world they document. The book covers a myriad of burlesque-style performance, including drag, fetish, and sideshow. Horenstein says, “These performers are today’s version of the ‘starving artist’ — living on the margins and delivering their personal expression through song, dance, comedy, and narrative — charged sexually and often highly political.”

Show includes portraits of many of burlesque’s most recognizable performers, including Dita Von Teese and Catherine D’lish, Angie and Helen Pontani, Peek-A-Boo Point, Julie Atlas Muz, Miss Saturn, Dirty Martini, Jackie Beat, Bonnie Dunn, Verushka — and the legendary Murray Hill.

Signature: Signed and numbered, verso

About Henry Horenstein