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New York Burlesque: Photographs by Roy Kemp

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New York Burlesque: Photographs by Roy Kemp

Roy Kemp

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Roy Kemp’s previously unpublished burlesque portfolio presents thirty-nine dancers performing in authentic clubs and backstage settings in 1950s New York. This nostalgic collection includes nearly 250 never-before-seen black and white and color photographs of well-known dancers, including Tempest Storm, Liz O’Leyar, Murine, Rita Gable, and Princess Domay, as well as other sultry performers, quite famous in their heyday. Kemp’s talents as a photojournalist provide a fresh perspective on the lives of burlesque performers in this golden era. An artist as well as an investigator, Kemp created striptease photo montages and composed biographies for several dancers, giving the reader an intimate feel for the campy burlesque culture. This time capsule depicts live performances and peeps into club dressing rooms, and offers unedited material from pin-up photo sessions. It is a must-have for aspiring dancers, aficionados, or any modern-day guy or gal who appreciates the style and grit of this fabulous art form.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 250 color & b/w photos | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764346873 | Binding: hard cover

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Roy Kemp was a New York-based, Canadian photojournalist who loved black and white photography. He was a staff photographer at the Toronto Star, served the Royal Canadian Navy as a photographer overseas during WWII, and later freelanced for Bernsen’s International Press Service (BIPS) in New York. He specialized in human interest stories and photographed life and events in New York City.