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Paula & Irving Klaw: Vintage Prints

March 12, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Twenty vintage prints from the “bizarre fetish underground” photo archive of the brother and sister collaborative commercial photographers, Paula & Irving Klaw. In 1957 the Klaws were brought before a McCarthy-like Senate Subcommittee hearing on juvenile delinquency, were branded as degenerates and faced potential prison sentences for the photographs that they were producing and distributing through their mail order business. These same hearings led to the retirement of the Klaw’s most famous model, Bettie Page. Pleading the 5th amendment in response to every inquiry, Irving Klaw was eventually found in contempt of court, forced to close their storefront business in Manhattan and decided to burn an estimated 80% of their film negatives in fear of facing a future prison sentence. Paula Klaw secretly hid a small portion of the photos for decades, which comprise this exhibit of vintage 4″x5″ prints.


March 12, 2022
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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No Name Cinema
2013 Pinon Street
Santa Fe, NM
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