Published by Pond Press
In SHOW, noted photographer Henry Horenstein looks at the myriad worlds of modern burlesque, drag, sideshow, and fetish. Printed in sumptuous duotones, the striking black-and-white images concentrate on the form and beauty of alternative performance, mixing his well-known documentary style from such books as Honky Tonk (Chronicle Books, 2003) with his abstract, metaphoric images from ANIMALIA (Pond Press, 2008).
SHOW documents a contemporary subculture that harkens back to the early parts of the last century. But in its current version, the tease is removed from striptease: drag kings share equal billing with drag queens, body piercing is both an art and a pleasure, and sword artists belly dance as they swallow. The book is a voyeur’s delight, but it claims to be neither fantasy nor document—rather it’s a bit of both. It titillates and informs as its photographs delight, excite, and amaze the viewer